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Mike Tyson admits Tiger King star Joe Exotic could have supplied him with his big cats: 'If you are in the exotic animal world, you are aware of him'

  • Mike Tyson was well known for owning three Bengal tigers as domestic pets  
  • The ex-boxer has admitted they could have come from 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic 
  • He said he was 'aware' of the controversial former zookeeper as a tiger owner 

By Oli Gamp For Mailonline

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Mike Tyson has admitted his pet tigers could have come from infamous former zoo owner Joe Exotic - star of the Netflix show Tiger King.

Heavyweight legend Tyson was known for having three big cats in his house and became synonymous with the creatures, but has recently admitted regret over owning them as pets.

Tyson bought the Bengal tigers, named Kenya, Storm and Boris after leaving prison in the 1990s, and following the release of the hit Netflix documentary Tiger King, the 53-year-old has been pondering the origin of his animals.

Mike Tyson was synonymous with tigers after purchasing three of them as domestic pets

He has admitted the big cats may have come from Netflix star Joe Exotic (above)

The series has been a huge hit with viewers during lockdown and Tyson admitted he has watched the show - which tells the true-crime story of ex-zookeeper and tiger collector Joe Exotic, shining a light on the underworld of big cat breeding.

The two-time world champion said he had heard of the now-jailed 'Tiger King' as an owner of the animals, and admitted there is a possibility that his three big cats came from him indirectly.

'It could have been, maybe where I got my cats could have got their cats from Joe. But I don't know.

'If you are in the exotic animal world you are aware of him.'

Tyson said he was aware of the controversial zookeeper Joe Exotic as an owner of tigers 

Joe Exotic was a controversial figure who is now serving jail time after being convicted of 17 charges of animal abuse and two counts of murder for hire.

But Tyson said the Netflix star was 'a born leader' and praised him for having 'an ingenious mind'. 

'People always say these people are scumbags. But these are amazing people with what they can do with their ingenious minds and control over other people's minds. These guys are born leaders.'

Tyson has admitted he was 'foolish' for attempting to domesticate tigers at his home

Tyson was the most feared boxer on the planet during his prime - he is pictured after knocking out Trevor Berbick to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history in 1986

Earlier this month he expressed regret over his 'foolish' deicision to own tigers and conceded that his pets could have 'killed you by accident'.

'I was foolish,' he said. 'There's no way you can domesticate these cats 100 per cent.

'There's no way that's going to happen. They'll kill you by accident, especially when you're playing rough with them, you're punching them back. They get hyped up, hit you back and you're dead.

'I'm just happy I educated myself. I was doing the wrong sh**. I shouldn't have had them in my house, believing they were domesticated. I was wrong.'

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