In the 80s, when Mike Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champion, four of his seven title defenses took place at the Atlantic City Convention Hall. At the time Trump owned an adjacent casino called Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, which was struggling to draw high-rollers so Trump convinced Don King to bring Tyson’s championship fights from Las Vegas to Atlantic City.
The move generated a lot of business for the boardwalk and bolstered Trump’s relationship with The Champ. Eventually Tyson viewed Trump as a friend, which he still does to this day, because Trump treated him well and welcomed him to his hotel.
“I think it’s a pretty awesome thing that he’s doing so well. People are combining together to make sure he doesn’t win. He’s probably telling himself, ‘They hate me more than they hate [President Barack] Obama.’ You know it’s crazy when people who fought so hard to get rid of Obama would now rather keep him because they hate Trump more than they hate him,” Tyson told the Post last week.
While Bob Arum of Top Rank and Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy have denounced Trump for his views on Mexicans and Muslim people, Tyson stands firm on his belief that Trump is good for America. “He’s an underdog and no one like the fact that he is winning,” Tyson said while on Fox 5 morning show, Good Day New York. “I know Trump. This is a good thing. Vote on Trump.”
Tyson is a Brooklyn native but now lives in Las Vegas. Although Tyson has never publicly endorsed another candidate, he said, “If you want to get this city [New York] out of a dump, you better vote on Trump, OK?” Currently Trump leads all polls for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination.