Watch Mike Tyson spar and wrestle his 39st TIGER in shocking scenes as big cat plays with deflated basketball – The Sun

THIS is the incredible moment Mike Tyson was captured wrestling his 39st TIGER.

Iron Mike infamously owned three Bengal tigers – which reportedly cost £48,000 each – with the huge cats adding to his iconic status.

The former 'Baddest Person on the Planet' forged a special relationship with the exotic cats – to the point that he'd take them for walks on leads and even play-fight with them.

And footage of Tyson sparring with his white Bengal tiger, Kenya, has resurfaced after he was interviewed as part of the 'Inside Edition' programme back in 1996.

The shocking scenes show the former heavyweight champion display his lightening reactions as he wrestles with the wild cat for a basketball it had in his mouth.

The regular tiger fights may explain why Tyson once offered a zookeeper £9,000 to let him tussle with a huge silverback gorilla.

Although Iron Mike recently admitted that he regretted owning three tigers and it was naive of him to think he could tame them because of how dangerous they were.

The boxing legend also recalled how he once had to pay a trespasser £200,000 after one of his exotic animals "f***** up" her hand so badly.

Tyson decided to buy the outlandish pets after sparking up a conversation with a car dealer during his three-year prison sentence, for a 1992 sexual assault conviction.

The 53-year-old is making an incredible comeback in an exhibition bout for charity.

He is set to face Roy Jones Jr with both legends set to come out of retirement for an intriguing fight.

Officials will be ringside scoring and the winner of the exhibition will receive a special belt.

Under the California State Athletic Commission, Tyson and Jones were due to box under strict orders, prohibiting KOs and not having judges score the bout.

But now an unnamed but recognised sanctioning body will oversee the rearranged fight, which could be allowed to have spectators in attendance and adopting more familiar rules.

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