Mike Tyson is a former heavyweight boxing champion.© AFP
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson repeatedly punched a passenger on a plane about to fly out of San Francisco after he was reportedly annoyed by the man’s attempts to talk to him. Cell phone footage showed Tyson leaning over the back of his chair and delivering a series of blows to the man, who appeared to have bruises and bleeding in the incident on Wednesday. “Iron Mike” was initially friendly to the passenger and his friend as they boarded the plane, but responded after the man “wouldn’t stop challenging him,” according to TMZ’s entertainment website.
The man “kept trying to talk” to the 55-year-old fighter, it reported.
“Tyson had had enough of the man behind him talking in his ear…and told him to chill. When the man didn’t, the witness said Tyson started punching the man several times.”
Here’s the video of Tyson hitting a passenger:
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Tyson allegedly walked out of the plane before it left for Florida.
U.S. police, the JetBlue airline and representatives for Tyson did not immediately comment on Thursday.
Considered one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, Tyson is also known for his erratic behavior – biting off Evander Holyfield’s ear in a fight in 1997 – and abiding by the law, including a rape and cocaine addiction conviction.
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