Mike Tyson would have sex to “loosen up” before his boxing bouts because he was filled with so much adrenalin that he feared he would kill his opponents, his former bodyguard says.
Rudy Gonzalez — who also served as Tyson’s chauffeur during the 1980s — made the claim during an interview with the Sun, suggesting Tyson, now 55, would “bang the s - - t” out of random women just before entering the ring.
“One of the greatest secrets with Mike was that he needed to have sex in the dressing room before fights,” Gonzalez said of the allegedly horny heavyweight champ.
“He had to get laid to disengage some of the strength he had. So I had girls tucked away in bathrooms and changing rooms.”
Recalling the ringside romps, Gonzalez stated: “Mike would say, ‘If I do not get laid, I will kill this guy right now.’ Sometimes he’d go in with them [the women] for a minute, bang the s - - t out of them, snap his neck and say: ‘OK, this guy is going to live tonight.’ ”
“His biggest fear was that he would kill someone in that ring. He knew he could do it.”
Gonzalez further explained: “It is no exaggeration to say Mike was like a train hitting these guys. Having sex was his way of disengaging that power and loosening up a bit.”
Tyson was said to be in such a heightened emotional state ahead of his fights that he would also occasionally burst into tears in his dressing room.
“He had an anxiety problem where he would be in despair with anxiety of not feeling good enough or not wanting to screw it up,” Gonzalez claimed.
“Mike had the fear that if he screwed this up, he would end up back in his old neighborhood or be locked up.”
Tyson grew up in dangerous areas of Brooklyn back in the 1970s. He was abandoned by his father around the time of his birth, and his mother died in 1982, when Tyson was just 16.
Speaking of the emotional pain he carried from his childhood, Tyson said in 2012: “I never saw my mother happy with me and proud of me for doing something … I never got a chance to talk to her or know about her … It’s crushing emotionally and personally.”
Tyson reigned as the undisputed heavyweight champ from 1987 to 1990. He was jailed for three years after being convicted of rape in 1992. The sportsman went on to stage a comeback following his release from prison on parole, before his retirement in 2005.
Tyson — who famously appeared in the 2009 comedy “The Hangover” — is known for his outrageous activities outside of the boxing ring.
Earlier this week, he told The Post that he “died” while tripping on psychedelic toad venom.
“In my trips I’ve seen that death is beautiful. Life and death both have to be beautiful, but death has a bad rep. The toad has taught me that I’m not going to be here forever. There’s an expiration date,” he stated.
“I did it as a dare,” Tyson recalled. “I was doing heavy drugs like cocaine, so why not? It’s another dimension. Before I did the toad, I was a wreck. The toughest opponent I ever faced was myself. I had low self-esteem. People with big egos often have low self-esteem. We use our ego to subsidize that. The toad strips the ego.”
The “toad” is Bufo alvarius, an amphibian found in Mexico, also known as the Sonoran Desert toad. It spends seven months of the year living underground, but when it’s active, its venom can be smoked to produce a short psychoactive trip.