Mike Tyson appears on the kick off of ‘Shark Week’
Written By Zaina Cummins
Featured annually in late July or early August, The Discovery Channel’s popular Shark Week series begins. This year’s Shark Week started off with boxing legend, Mike Tyson.
“Shark Week” returned Sunday, with a huge guest, “Iron Mike.”
On “Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach Off,” experts were called in to capture a shark breach off the coast of Seal Island, South Africa, with one capturing a 15-foot breach, a new record for “Shark Week.”
Boxing legend Tyson also managed to put a shark to sleep by tickling its nose on “Tyson vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef.” But before that he vomited, saying he was “scared to death” to get in the water with the sharks.
How ironic is that? A man who got the name “Iron Mike” from hitting incredibly hard. A man who nearly killed his opponents in the ring, a man who bit another man’s ear off– is afraid of sharks.
If you think about it, sharks and Tyson are nearly the same; except one conquers the ring and the other conquers the sea.
Tyson even had to rid sharks away that were surrounding him and came across a black tip reef shark.
“I took on this challenger to overcome fears I still deal with in life,” he explained, adding, “I equate this with overcoming my fear of getting back into the ring at 54 years old. I learned from this experience doing Shark Week that whatever intimidates me.”
Nevertheless, Tyson still proves to the people that he remains the champ on all surfaces.
Discovery will air more than 20 hours of shark programming this week. There will be more star appearances by Shaquille O’Neal, Will Smith and others.
The schedule for “Shark Week” can be found by clicking the link below.