Man Once Punched By Tyson Says Airplane Goofball Got Off Easy

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‘Iron’ Mike Tyson has a heart of gold and fists of concrete.

Take Tyson’s patience for granted, and you may have to answer to the latter, which will likely end with having your skull dented.

Ask paparazzo Tony Vera, who was viciously socked in the face by Tyson back in 2009.

Vera’s encounter made its way back into the news after an unlucky passenger pestered Tyson on a JetBlue flight on Wednesday and got his face pummeled in.

Vera spoke with TMZ and said that the man was “lucky” to avoid further damage despite leaving with a bloody imprint on his face to remember the scene.

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In Vera’s case, blood began to pour from his head when Tyson (with a running start) lunged at the paparazzo and gave him a headshot when he began to shadow the boxer too closely.

A spokesperson for Tyson responded to the latest incident β€” which, by all accounts, was started by the rowdy passenger when he began prodding the former world champ.

β€œUnfortunately, Mr. Tyson had an incident on a flight with an aggressive passenger who began harassing him and threw a water bottle at him while he was in his seat,” the spokesperson shared.

UFC Prez Dana White responded to the news by sharing excellent advice to survive an encounter with the natural-born bruiser.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan that has watched every movie.

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