Mike Tyson explains why he wore black shorts throughout his boxing career

By Shyam
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Mike Tyson has given an explanation for his famed boxing career’s use of black shorts.

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At the age of 20, Tyson continues to hold the record for the youngest world heavyweight champion after a spectacular career spanning more than two decades.

He defeated Trevor Berbick in the second round to win the WBC heavyweight championship in November 1986.

Tyson would go on to face opponents like Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, and Frank Bruno. And ‘Iron’ Mike wore a basic yet classic fighting outfit for those monstrous battles.

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He wore black shoes and black shorts for the majority of his career, which was when he was at the height of his abilities. In his sleek, all-black designs, Tyson was featured in his iconic images from the 1980s and 1990s.

But why was he wearing black shorts all the time? In a Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast episode where Katt Williams was a guest, the former world champion disclosed the rationale behind his outfit.

At the start of the podcast, Williams said: “At the point of the my life, when I heard about Mike Tyson, he became like this superhero, just because whatever time we were on as far as being in the street, he was already on that… the understand of power black and not having frills.”

To which the 57-year-old replied: “The way I always wear black, because black is ominous… so ominous.”

Tyson donned black trunks during his exhibition match against fellow legend Roy Jones Jr. in November 2020 as a tribute to his history.

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Additionally, he might wear all-black when he squares up with Jake Paul in what will be his first appearance since his fight with Jones Jr.

A Netflix original series, the exhibition matchup against ‘The Problem Child’ is scheduled for July 20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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Shyam Sharma who joined SPORTS BIG NEWS in 2021. Focuses on soccer – chiefly the Premier League, LaLiga, UEFA Champions League, Liga MX and MLS. On occasion, also covers American sports, general news and entertainment. Fascinated by the language of sport – particularly the under-appreciated art of translating cliché-speak.