- Mike Tyson remains one of the most respected boxers in the world
- The 53-year-old was regarded for his exploits in the sport during his two-decade career span
- Tyson punched a trashman for thrashing his pet pigeon named Julius
- The former fighter planned to hold a memorial for the bird but the garbageman had already thrown disposed of it
Legendary American boxer Mike Tyson has admitted that he knocked out a trash collector for throwing his pet pigeon in the waste bin.
The 53-year-old hanged his gloves in 2005 after recording 50 victories and 44 knockouts in 58 career fights during his 20-year reign.
However, the New York born fighter never forgot how to throw punches as he landed one on the garbage man after losing his pet animal named Julius.
Daily Mail reported that the former heavyweight champion had a plan to organise a memorial for the pigeon but the trash-man already disposed of the remains of the bird.
Tyson told World Boxing Council: "One morning I woke up and found my favourite pigeon, Julius, had died. I was devastated and was gonna use his crate as my stickball bat to honour him.
"I left the crate on my stoop and went in to get something and I returned to see the sanitation man put the crate into the crusher.
"I rushed him and caught him flush on the temple with a titanic right hand and he was out cold."
Tyson had previously told another story of another hostile confrontation when a boy confronted him and proceeded to savagely rip off a pigeon's head.
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He said: 'Taking on Tyson' program in 2011: "The guy ripped the head off my pigeon. This was the first thing I ever loved in my life, the pigeon.
"I don't know why I feel ridiculous just trying to explain it. [Pigeons] are just so much like people."
Legit.ng earlier reported that Mike Tyson is regarded as one of the greatest boxers in history and he shook the heavyweight division during his prime, cited on Hotboxin' podcast, Sportbible and Complex.com.
However, the 53-year-old revealed he missed being who he was, as the most feared man on the planet in the 80's, but he does not want to live that kind of life anymore.
Tyson held the heavyweight championship at the age of 21, and brutalized opponents in the division before suffering his first loss to James Buster Douglas.
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