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Mike Tyson admits he offered a zookeeper £9,000 to fight a gorilla

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safari_animals_only5_grande.jpg?v=143735Mike Tyson has admitted that he once offered a zookeeper £9,000 to fight a Silverback gorilla.

The boxing legend became the youngest ever world heavyweight champion when he knocked out Trevor Berbick in 1986 at the tender age of 20.

Tyson went on to etch his name into boxing folklore but throughout his career had several controversial moments.
















Mike Tyson once offered a zookeeper money to fight a gorilla when he was world champion







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And in the late 1980s, at the peak of his fame, Tyson has revealed how he tried to bribe a zookeeper to letting him climb into the gorilla enclosure and fight one of their Silverbacks. 

'I paid a worker at New York's zoo to re-open it just for me and Robin [Givens, his ex-wife],' Tyson once told The Sun.

'When we got to the gorilla cage there was one big Silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas.

'They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent infant.






Tyson owned two tigers as pets but now admits that he was 'foolish' and 'wrong' for doing so





















The fighter had been discussing new Netflix show Tiger King, featuring zoo owner Joe Exotic 


'I offered the attendant $10,000 (£9,000) to open the cage and let me smash that silverback's snot box. He declined.'

Tyson is a self-proclaimed animal lover and houses over 1,000 pigeons and also used to keep two huge Bengal tigers as pets at his Las Vegas mansion years ago.

With big cats in the news following the runaway success of Netflix documentary Tiger King, Tyson has admitted that he regrets his history of owning exotic animals. 

The documentary charts the demise of Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as 'Joe Exotic', the eponymous 'Tiger King' currently serving a federal prison sentence on two counts of murder for hire.






Tyson also claims to house over 1,000 pigeons in a pigeon coop where he lives














Tyson, 53, is among those to have seen the documentary and has admitted that he was 'wrong' for keeping the two tigers and naive for thinking he could control them.

'I was foolish,' Tyson said last week, on an Instagram Live with Fat Joe.

'There's no way you can domesticate these cats 100 percent. No way that's going to happen. They'll kill you by accident, especially when you're playing rough with them, you're punching them back. They get hyped up, hit you back and you're dead.

'I'm just happy I educated myself. I was doing the wrong s***. I shouldn't have had them in my house, believing they were domesticated. I was wrong.'






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