Mike Tyson’s fellow prison inmates "applauded" Tupac when rap star visited boxer

Mike Tyson was not short of famous visitors after being sentenced to six years in prison during the middle of his boxing career – and his fellow inmates were delighted to see iconic rapper Tupac Shakur.

Iron Mike was sentenced to six years after being convicted of a rape charge back in 1992, but the serious nature of the crime did not stop his celebrity acquaintances in dropping in for a quick visit at the formerly named Indiana Youth Center.

Appearing on REVOLT's 'Drink Champs', Tyson spoke about his visit from the late rapper, who was killed in 1996, during his incarceration that lasted from 1992 until 1995.

He said: "They respected (Tupac Shakur), soon as he came in the room, they started applauding."

Tyson details a host of famous faces that came to see him during his prison stint, including legendary singers James Brown and Whitney Houston.

He added: "When I was locked up, I had such an onslaught of visitors. I had everybody– BB King, James Brown, Whitney Houston, everybody came.

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"Florence Henderson, I can’t even name no more, just so many people came to visit me when I was away."

Tyson, who had four successive fights on his return to the boxing ring in 1995, retired from the professional game back in 2005 after losing to Danny Williams and Kevin McBride.

His return came in the form of an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. in 2020, and he recently named Jake Paul as his ideal next opponent.

The 55-year-old said on Joe Rogan's podcast: "Hell yeah [I'd do it], only to break the [PPV] record.

"Jake Paul believe it not is more profitable than the champs, this guy probably brings about 80million people to the table. Let's do it Jakey, God wouldn't that be cool."

With Paul saying in response in a chat with Boxing Social: "Ideally, for sure, that's legendary The old generation of boxing with the new generation of boxing, all being mixed into one.

"As Mike Tyson said on the Joe Rogan podcast, it would be one of the biggest pay-per-views of all."

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