When Wesley Snipes’ Martial Arts Failed Against Mike Tyson
Who would dare challenge Mike Tyson, renowned as “The Baddest Man on the Planet”? Despite being embroiled in various controversies, there is no denying the formidable professional legacy he built, which remains untouchable even to this day. While he ventured into multiple endeavors following his retirement from boxing, it would be unwise to assume that he has forgotten his fighting prowess.
Given his formidable reputation, many would exercise caution before engaging with him on any level. An incident involving him and Wesley Snipes unfolded in a far more dramatic manner than anticipated, leaving lasting impressions. Mike Tyson’s fury was unleashed in response to Wesley Snipes’ actions.
In his memoir, “The Inner Ring,” Rudy Gonzalez, former bodyguard of Mike Tyson, recounted an alleged incident involving the boxing legend and Wesley Snipes. The altercation stemmed from Tyson’s then-girlfriend, Hope, who informed him that she was going to meet a friend.
To Tyson’s surprise, the friend turned out to be none other than the actor known for his role as Blade. This revelation ignited Tyson’s anger, prompting him to swiftly arrive at the location accompanied by his new bodyguard, Anthony Pitts.
As Hope laid eyes on him, the description in the book depicted her reaction as one of shock, causing her to stumble out of Snipes’ lap and onto the floor. Snipes, on the other hand, froze momentarily before attempting to diffuse the situation by waving his hand and pleading, “Now, Mike, now, Mike, we can handle this together. I don’t want any trouble.”
The unfolding events took on a dramatic tone as the 56-year-old podcaster appeared prepared to unleash his punch on someone.
Mike Tyson and Wesley Snipes Ended Up Facing off!
Tyson opted to handle the situation in his characteristic manner, relying on his renowned skills. While some might assume that Snipes, being trained in martial arts, would have an advantage in a confrontation against Tyson, the reality proved otherwise. The martial arts expertise of Snipes proved futile against the boxing legend, often hailed as the Greatest of All Time (GOAT).
The author of the book further described the incident, explaining that Tyson instructed him to enter the bathroom, presumably for a face-off. Upon returning from the parking lot, the author noticed that Tyson’s new bodyguard, Anthony, was positioned to block the bathroom door. After a few minutes, a loud noise resonated from within, and Tyson emerged from the bathroom alone.
Following Tyson’s departure, the author revealed that he cautiously opened the bathroom door, only to find Wesley Snipes seated against the far wall, unconscious with his head tilted to one side.
It’s worth noting that both celebrities initially denied this incident, but later, Snipes mentioned the confrontation in his autobiography, “Undisputed Truth.” Snipes shared his perspective, stating, “Wesley looked up, saw me, and panicked. ‘Mike, please don’t hit me in my face, that’s how I make a living. Man, don’t worry about that thing with Hope. She’s just hurt.’ We both laughed about it.”
The conflicting accounts and subsequent acknowledgment by Snipes add another layer of intrigue to the incident.
It is important to note that Snipes clarified that the scenario described occurred when he arrived to meet Hope and reacted with panic upon seeing Tyson. He shared that there was no physical altercation between them, contrary to what was claimed by his former bodyguard. Snipes further emphasized that his relationship with the lady in question was solely that of friendship, clarifying that they were not romantically involved with each other.