Iron Mike Tyson got his nickname because of his prowess in the professional boxing ring. The iron reference could be for his iron will or his punches that hit like solid iron. However, a recent incident at a comedy club showed that Iron Mike has iron-cold nerves of steel.
The situation turned out not to be a joke. Tyson was at a rooftop comedy club bar in Hollywood. Evidently, a man boldly confronted the former heavyweight champion. TMZ reported the story. The report said that while you couldn’t make out all the audio; it was clear what was going on.
The man was apparently challenging Mike Tyson. He wanted to “elevate his status.” Someone thought to be the host/MC for the show attempted to intervene. This person shoved the man towards an exit, screaming, “What the f*** are you doing? Get the f*** out of here.”
The braggart evidently started to leave, telling everyone he was joking. But then the joke turned serious, really serious. The man yanked out a gun and cocked it. Virtually everyone else was diving under tables or looking for cover. But not Iron Mike Tyson. Tyson never flinched.
Eventually, the man put his gun away and started to leave. He actually gave Tyson a host of compliments as he headed for the door. But Tyson called him back. The two men hugged and made reference to where Tyson grew up. “New York! Brownsville!” The two exclaimed.
Things sort of took an odd twist as the man turned to leave. He abruptly turned around and appeared to slander Tyson, but the champ never flinched. The crowd of onlookers gave Tyson a loud ovation for his courage.
The alleged gun-waving man was never identified. Likewise, no one made a call to the LAPD. That seemed odd, as much as Mike Tyson’s unwavering courage did. Nevertheless, even staring down a gunman, Iron Mike Tyson apparently has nerves of steel.