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Mike Tyson's wild connection with Tiger King's Joe Exotic after owning 3 tigers


Mike Tyson may have an unlikely connection to Tiger King star Joe Exotic.

The boxing champ, 54, once owned three Bengal tigers – Kenya, Storm, and Boris – as pets roaming his Las Vegas mansion in the 1990s.

Joe rocketed to fame on Tiger King while in jail after he was found guilty of a murder for hire plot against his rival Carol Baskin.

Before then, the zoo operator cemented his status in the exotic world as a breeder of tigers in the US.

But Mike didn’t mind telling fans his former tigers could have come indirectly from the jailed TV star in recent months.



Mike Tyson’s mad connection with Tiger King’s Joe Exotic after owning 3 wild cats

Having become a big fan of the Netflix series in lockdown, he admitted the thought Joe could have supplied him with the tigers crossed his mind.

He told MailOnline : “It could have been, maybe where I got my cats could have got their cats from Joe. But I don’t know.

“If you are in the exotic animal world you are aware of him.”



The boxing champ, 54, once owned three Bengal tigers – Kenya, Storm, and Boris – as pets roaming his Las Vegas mansion in the 1990s

Mike had nothing but good words to say about jailed Exotic.

In fact, the sports star hailed the former zoo operator as a “born leader” with an “ingenious mind”.

He added: “People always say these people are scumbags. But these are amazing people with what they can do with their ingenious minds and control over other people’s minds. These guys are born leaders.”



But Mike didn’t mind telling fans his former tigers could have come indirectly from the jailed TV star in recent months

However, Mike has voiced his own regrets about owning wild animals.

He admitted having three Bengal tigers as pets was “wrong”.

The American heavyweight star confessed the exotic creatures could kill you at any second and they can’t be domesticated.



Joe rocketed to fame on Tiger King while in jail after he was found guilty of a murder for hire plot against his rival Carol Baskin

He said on Instagram live: “There’s no way you can domesticate these cats 100 percent. No way that’s going to happen.

“They’ll kill you by accident, especially when you’re playing rough with them, you’re punching them back. They get hyped up, hit you back and you’re dead.

“I’m just happy I educated myself. I was doing the wrong s***. I shouldn’t have had them in my house, believing they were domesticated. I was wrong.”

Mike had to flog the tigers, tiger cages and his mansion in 1999 because of money woes.





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