Mike Tyson dumped girlfriend for cooking and eating one of his pigeons
Mike Tyson has revealed he once decided to get rid of a girlfriend after she killed and boiled one of his beloved birds.
Iron Mike is well known for his love of pigeons, which stems from his childhood when he used to keep them as pets while living in New York.
So when his ex-partner proposed they cook and eat one of the birds instead of keeping it, he was understandably against the idea.
Tyson said it was at her home so he could not stop her from boiling the bird, but refused to eat it and, a short while later, ended the relationship.
Asked on the Boomer & Carton radio show in the US if he had ever eaten a pigeon, he replied: "I tried. I tried.
"I was dating this young lady and she said, 'I don’t know why you’re flying those damn birds, you should be eating them.'
"She happened to grab one and – and she cooked one and proceeded to eat it. And I just couldn’t do it.
"It just wasn’t the right thing to do. That’s why she’s not my woman anymore."
It is not the first time Tyson has had a bad reaction to someone mistreating one of his feathered friends.
In his youth, he has revealed, the boxer got into a fight with a bully when they provoked him by picking up one of his pigeons and killing it with his bare hands.
"The guy ripped the head off my pigeon. This was the first thing I ever loved in my life, the pigeon," Tyson explained.
"That was the first time I threw a punch. I have loved pigeons since I was nine. They were my escape.
"I was fat and ugly. Kids teased me all the time. The only joy I had was pigeons."
And he once floored a bin man when he threw a crate containing the body of his favourite pigeon, which had just died, into a crusher.
"One morning I woke up and found my favourite pigeon, Julius, had died. I was devastated and was gonna use his crate as my stickball bat to honour him," Tyson said.
"I left the crate on my stoop and went in to get something and I returned to see the sanitation man put the crate into the crusher.
"I rushed him and caught him flush on the temple with a titanic right hand! He was out cold, convulsing on the floor."
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