Mike Tyson, Tupac Shakur and the fight night that ended with a fatal shooting

Mike Tyson was good friends with Tupac Shakur before the iconic rapper was shot dead on 7 September 1996, just hours after he attended his fight against Bruce Seldon in Las Vegas

Mike Tyson has admitted he felt “guilty” about Tupac Shakur ’s death after pressuring the rapper to come and watch him fight in Las Vegas.

Tyson, who remains the youngest world heavyweight champion in boxing history, says he urged Tupac to attend his clash with Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand Arena on 7 September 1996.

The boxing legend stopped him during the first round of their bout in Sin City, which would come before a pair of memorable defeats at the hands of bitter rival Evander Holyfield.

However, just hours after Tyson claimed victory over Seldon, Tupac – who had a ringside seat for the fight – was gunned down in a drive-by shooting as he headed to a gig at Club 662.


Mike Tyson has admitted he felt “guilty” about Tupac Shakur’s death after pressuring the rapper to come and watch him fight in Las Vegas

The American music icon, who was in a black BMW with rap mogul Suge Knight at the time, was shot and killed by a mystery gunman in a suspected revenge hit.

And 24 years on from the tragic shooting, Tyson has revealed he was due to meet up with Tupac at the club but instead stayed in to look after his newborn child.

Tupac was good friends with Tyson before he was shot and killed on 7 September 1996

In a VladTV interview, former world champion boxer Zab Judah asks ‘Iron’ Mike how he felt when Tupac was murdered.

“It was a really bad day when that happened….it was really bad,” he replied.

“I felt a little guilty about him coming to the fight….me pressuring him (saying), ’Hey you wanna bring the tape, don’t forget the tape.”

He was ringside for ‘Iron’ Mike’s win over Bruce Seldon just hours before he was gunned down, and the boxing legend says he felt guilty about urging him to attend the fight (Image: Reuters)

Tupac was killed by a mystery gunman in a drive-by shooting as headed to a gig after the fight (Image: Getty)

The tape Tyson was referring to was customised music that was to be played during his ring-walk against Seldon.

“I was going to go out with him that night. I promised to go with him to the 662,” he continued.

“But I had just had a little baby and her mother provoked me to stay at home.

Tyson has revealed he was due to hook up with him at Club 662 that night, only to pull out of their arrangement to look after his newborn baby

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