MIKE TYSON reportedly offered a zookeeper £9,000 to fight a huge silverback gorilla.
The boxing legend became the youngest heavyweight champion aged 20 back in 1986.
And “The Baddest Man on the Planet” clearly fancied his chances of going toe-to-toe with anyone… or ANYTHING!
Tyson, 52, revealed his stunning offer came after he bribed a worker to open the zoo back in the late 80s so he and then wife Robin Givens could enjoy a private and romantic stroll among the animals.
But he suddenly got an idea as they approached ape enclosure as they spotted a dominant alpha male bullying the rest of the submissive group.
And he quickly attempted to offer the cash to the zookeeper to open the cage so he could go in there and punch the gorilla.
Tyson explained: “I paid a worker at New York’s zoo to re-open it just for me and Robin.
“When we got to the gorilla cage there was one big silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas.
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“They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent infant.
“I offered the attendant $10,000 to open the cage and let smash that silverback’s snotbox! He declined.”
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Despite this epic tale, the American has always been an animal lover.
Tyson famously likes his pigeons and is well-known for keeping a number of exotic tigers as pets.
Away from the ring “Iron Mike” continues to revel in the marijuana industry and was photographed smoking a foot-long joint last week.
The former heavyweight world champ is the proud owner of a huge 40-acre ranch in California after breaking into the business last year.
Tyson will also hold a weed-themed music festival on his ranch on February 23 – though you will not be able to buy cannabis on site.
The ex-boxer has long been advocate of the Class B drug, and he took delight in passing the gigantic spliff at an event held by BREALTV recently.
Tyson – who claimed he was stoned when he fought against Andrew Golota in 2000– is taking advantage of the states’s legalisation of recreational use of marijuana.
His ranch has 20 acres set aside for the growing of the plant, while he also has his own school to teach farmers how to grow and develop their strains – called the ‘Tyson Cultivation School.’