Mike Tyson would have sex in his dressing room before fights so he didn't kill his opponent in the ring.
The legendary heavyweight more than earned the moniker "The Baddest Man on the Planet" as he struck fear into his fellow boxers like no other human could.
And his close friend, former bodyguard and chauffeur Rudy Gonzalez, has revealed Tyson was even scared of himself.
His biggest fear was killing someone during a fight, so to prevent this, he had Gonzalez get girls for him and bring them to his dressing room so he could release some of his pent up frustration.
Gonzalez told The Sun: "One of the greatest secrets with Mike was that he needed to have sex in the dressing room before fights.
"I would have to find a groupie, it did not matter who it was. He’d say ‘if I do not get laid I will kill this guy right now’.
"Mike had to get laid to disengage some of the strength he had. So I had girls tucked away in bathrooms and changing rooms.
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"Sometimes he’d go in with them for a minute, bang the s*** out of them, snap his neck and say: ‘Okay this guy is going to live tonight’.
"His biggest fear was that he would kill someone in that ring. He knew he could do it.
"I still see some of the guys he fought. I was there at ringside seeing these huge men crying, bones shattering or their blood flying everywhere.
"It is no exaggeration to say Mike was like a train hitting these guys. Having sex was his way of disengaging that power and loosening up a bit."
Gonzalez was an associate of Tyson's before his professional career had begun during the mid-1980s.
He saw Iron Mike go unbeaten in 27 amateur fights and then witnessed him make history when becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in history, the 35th anniversary of which is on November 22.
Gonzalez opened up on Tyson's extraordinary career path in his book, The Inner Ring, which is being adapted into an animated movie.
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