Mike Tyson says he couldn't beat Glass Joe in Punch-Out

Retired professional boxer admits he could not topple the game's easiest fighter.

Former heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson was an accomplished boxer in the ring, but he had a hard time with Nintendo's iconic boxing game Punch-Out.

TMZ asked Tyson if he ever beat the game, and the boxer revealed he could not topple Glass Joe, the first boxer in the game, considered to be the easiest foe overall.

"I couldn't even beat Glass f***ing Joe," Tyson said. "I couldn't beat Glass Joe; you know what I mean? I couldn't even play the game. I'm a late bloomer. I started playing games in 2006, 2007."

Asked which games he enjoys, he said "Tour of Duty" and titles with zombies.

Tyson was at the center of 1986's classic NES title Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, as well as 2000's Mike Tyson Boxing for the original PlayStation and 2002's Xbox and PlayStation 2 game Mike Tyson's Heavyweight Boxing.

He most recently appeared as a playable character in WWE '13.

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231 comments
GamerofMario1
GamerofMario1

I do not think Mike Tyson knows what he is talking about.

HaK-ForgoTT3n
HaK-ForgoTT3n

This is embarrassing. 2 weeks ago, my 6 year old niece played Mike Tysons Punch Out for the first time ever, and she beat glass joe! I was expecting her to lose, since she rarely ever plays games that require a controller so shes not too good. You can literally beat glass joe with your eyes closed by just bashing the A or B button. BTW, I beat Mike Tyson for the first time and so did my 33 year old brother who beat him for the first time after 25 long years lol. The game is still awesome.

fredwv
fredwv

I guess we finally know who Glass Joe beat to get that ONE win on his record.

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

Of course he couldn't win, Punch-Out doesn't have a "BITE" button. 

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

i watched a documentary about Mike and how he likes pigeons :D

tightwad34
tightwad34

TMZ? Do you want to get ridiculed?

bostick
bostick

Wow, he really is as stupid as he sounds.

CBN16
CBN16

He likes Tour of Duty and zombie games? Respect.

Also, I am not surprised that he couldn't beat Glass Joe. I play the drums, and I remember playing the drums on Rockband feeling impossible.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

So with this story are we going to hear an announcement from Nintendo about a new version ?  Some sort of special edition ?  ... and it will come out on the Wii U and 3DS ?

monson21502
monson21502

i still havent played a boxing game as fun as this 1

monson21502
monson21502

yeah we know mike... his real name was buster douglas

IvanKavinski
IvanKavinski

Glass Joe is soooooo easy Mike, c'mon man!

GGCrew_basic
GGCrew_basic

Lots of folks commenting "slow news day" and "stop stealing stories from TMZ".

Here's my (tongue-in-cheeck) theory on why this appeared on Gamespot: Mike Tyson's reference to "Tour of Duty" is actually a commentary on the intelligence level of many Call of Duty players.  :D

DefunktJunk
DefunktJunk

I bet he beat Tour of Duty pretty easy.

deadpen
deadpen

If he had not beat his wife they would have never renamed his game "punch out featuring mr dream." 

gosushi
gosushi

were they expecting an actual boxer to be good at a video game? XD

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

seriously mike tyson punch out is as classic as they come. Easily one of the best games ever made maybe not just on nintendo

baztyper
baztyper

lol just played this on my emulator i couldn't beat glass joe either

zintarr
zintarr

He needed his special ear bite move. Then Glass Joe would have gone down.

diskotheque
diskotheque

Eddie - please don't report on TMZ "news" on the GameSpot website. TMZ embodies everything that is wrong with the media nowadays...

t3ero2zero
t3ero2zero

so he said" tour of duty" would it be a good idea to correct him? errr noo!!!

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

Goshhh .... Gamepot steals TMZ joker news ......? 

what's next?.. beyonce playing candy crush??

aloufika
aloufika

Mike Tyson is a lengend. Tom look so young there in the review

LengisKellickq
LengisKellickq

Tour of Duty is kinda like Call of Duty, except instead of a gun, you have to bite people's ears off. 

foxrock66
foxrock66

what does this have to do with ANYTHING? This is barely tweet worthy

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

Failing at a boxing video game? Tyson, YOU have nothing to be ashamed of on that front.

Possibly other things... But not that.

sanchango
sanchango

ahh yes, tour of duty, I remember playing that game to death.

hobotech64
hobotech64

Well now we know where that one win Glass Joe had came from.

hadlee73
hadlee73

When Mike Tyson speaks, he always makes my day, lol

StarkJJ
StarkJJ

@SciFiCat Tyson bit Holyfield due to constant headbutting that wasn't being acknowledged by the ref.  Look it up.  Then do a google image search for "Hasim Rahman".  What do you see?

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@CBN16 I can SO relate to that with Rockband/Guitar Hero... I'm a drummer, but couldn't for the life of me play the drums in these games. I just wanted to hit single pads as I know them to be. I couldn't handle the game asking me to hit the same thing for a different sound/area. It just wouldn't compute... I play a little guitar, yet found playing the guitar parts in the game much more palatable. How odd.

liandrikonflict
liandrikonflict

@diskotheque I can see him just searching google news for anything with "game" in the title...


PUBLISH TO GAMESPOT NOW!

diskotheque
diskotheque

@furrynic Yeah I don't know if the news editors have a certain quota they're supposed to reach or something, but if this was one of the only topics available today I would've chosen not to share it.

diskotheque
diskotheque

@liandrikonflict Eddie and the other news editors usually do a pretty good job... but when they start pulling news from a site like TMZ I have to draw the line. It's the equivalent of pulling news from OMG on Yahoo! or a gossip magazine.

sanchango
sanchango

@gamer7736 @sanchango it was until it decided to get out of hand. I mean overall it's still better(way better), but it's just not the same compared to the original tour of duty.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@diskotheque @furrynic you think this is bad, on IGN the other day, they had a story about a town in Norway that had several months of darkness at once, that put up a massive mirror on a mountain to give their town square some light during the dark months...(!) How that is any sort of media related, let alone games, I will never know.