Mike Tyson's iconic DMX ring walk for fight with Francois Botha will give you goosebumps

  • Tom Ward
Mike Tyson vs Francois Botha DMX ring walk

Mike Tyson famously walked out to the sound of DMX’s ‘Intro – It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot’ for his comeback fight against Francois Botha in 1999.

The American boxing legend faced his South African rival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

It marked Iron Mike’s first in-ring appearance for well over a year after being suspended for biting Evander Holyfield in their ill-tempered rematch at the very same arena two years prior.

And now footage has resurfaced of his iconic ring walk on social media once again which will no doubt leave fans quaking in their boots at such a fearsome sight.

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Tyson’s face barely twitched as he made his way to the ring flanked by security guards on either side of him to a mixed chorus of cheers and boos.

Wearing a matching black hat and t-shirt that bore the words ‘Be real’, he strode forwards with a look of menace and determination on his face.

Even the commentators weren’t too sure how to react to Tyson at first given his actions against Holyfield.

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And they had every right to be a little bit cautious as he infamously attempted to break Botha’s arm during their fight.

But despite being well past his prime he managed to get the job done with a vintage right hand in the fifth round.

However, it seems Tyson wasn’t too happy with his performance despite the victory, as he felt he could have done a lot better to stop Botha far quicker before he eventually got him out of there.

In fairness upon reflection it really wasn’t all that surprising given his inactivity up until that point.

Not that did much to appease Tyson who expressed his frustration in his post-fight press conference.

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After the fight, he said: “I’m a little embarrassed. I wanted to shine tonight. It takes time. It takes time.

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“Rome wasn’t built in a day… I’ve got to improve a lot more. I’ve got a long way to go.

“I wasn’t worried. I knew I was going to knock him out. It was just a matter of time.

“He got rough with me. I got rough back. He talked more than I did.

“He said some bad things, some nasty things. I said, I’m going to kill you.’ “

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