The relationship between Mike Tyson and former promoter Don King can best be described as tempestuous, to say the least.
Tyson, the former undisputed champion and youngest ever heavyweight champion, previously labelled the 89-year-old ‘ruthless’, ‘deplorable’ and ‘greedy’.
In 1998, he sued the enigmatic promoter for $ 100million and alleged he had been cheated out of millions during the course of their working relationship.
Despite winning $ 14m against King, Tyson revealed he finally did get his hands on the Cleveland-native during a car journey whilst they were heading down the I-95 in Miami towards West Palm Beach in Florida.
The ensuing story, which he disclosed whilst talking to Showtime presenter Jim Gray on the ‘Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson’ podcast, became an instant classic.
“We’re driving (on the freeway) and next thing I know I freaked out and I kicked the guy (Don King’s driver),” he recalled. “As soon as I kicked him in the back of the head he puts on the breaks.
“As soon as we stop, I’m beating him in the car (Don in the front seat). I’m trying to get the girl in the front seat to hold him so I can get him in the front seat so he can’t run because I couldn’t (hit) him the way I wanted to.”
He added: “As soon as I let him go he got out of the car. No, no, I tried to run across and he did a little back turn and got back in the front — drove off and left me on the high way. Yeah!”
He went on to further say: “So when (King) gets down there he gets real far, lets the people I was with out of the car — my girlfriend and my other friend.
“So they’re walking up the highway while cars are coming down to get me. Then, so one of his security guys in a Rolls Royce comes, he thinks we’re stuck on the road.
“He pulls over and I’m mad because he’s Don’s security guard so I give him a shot. Pow!
“He’s out cold right in the middle of the street.”
He added: “A police car comes. The guy is out. I have cocaine and marijuana in a box that my girlfriend was holding.
“The guy puts us in the car and brings us to the hotel and asks me, ‘Are you okay Mr. Tyson? Thank you very much, officer’ (I replied).”
He went on: “F****** bricks of cocaine and marijuana everything I got in there. He took us to the hotel. I should be in handcuffs.
“Somebody is out cold on the highway! He didn’t ask me s***! I’m thinking he’s taking us to the police station… He took us right to the hotel…”