‘I don’t believe in talent’ – Watch Mike Tyson offer incredible motivational quotes at just 16 in old interview

MIKE TYSON claimed ‘determination and willpower’ were more important than talent in a motivational interview given at just 16.

In a clip unearthed on social media, a teenaged Iron Mike offered his take on what helps make a champion.


Mike Tyson, 16, delivers motivational quotesCredit: Twitter
Iron Mike will become world champion at just 20 years old


Iron Mike will become world champion at just 20 years oldCredit: AP:Associated Press

Tyson, now 56, would become the world’s youngest heavyweight champion ALREADY just four years later, at the age of 20.

In the clip shared by the @Handz0fStone Twitter account, Tyson said: “I feel like I was born to fight because I have no interest in anything else. Everyone is a fighter at full share.

“You are a fighter, I am a fighter, everyone in this room, even the journalists, they are fighters.

“But not everyone gets up every morning to run, not everyone goes to the gym every morning.

“And not everyone has the discipline to wait in the locker room for two or three hours and then go into the ring and do what they’ve been taught all those years in the gym.

“So that’s what separates a champion from a mediocre fighter.”

Asked where talent fits, Tyson added: “Talent? I don’t believe in talent.

“Well some people, they have talent, that’s good, it helps when you have talent.


“But as long as you have a lot of determination and the will, that’s all you need. And you have to have the will to win.”

Having realized all there is to boxing, Tyson recently led the rule over young contender Jake Paul.

The pair posed for photos together, but according to Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, Iron Mike had little interest in watching The Problem Child.

Roach told FightHype, “Tyson looked at him and left.

“He saw him practicing for 30 seconds and said, ‘Freddie, can we come downstairs and see the pictures?’

“He knows that’s where the good pictures are. He wasn’t as interested as I was.”

Tyson poses with Jake Paul


Tyson poses with Jake PaulCredit: Twitter@jakepaul

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