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Mike Tyson says he hated ‘Punch-Out’ when it first came out (vid)

Mike Tyson claims he hated the iconic video game that bears his name — “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out” when it was first released all the way back on Oct. 18, 1987.

“I wasn’t a fan at the time,” Tyson told TMZ’s Harvey Levin in an upcoming “OBJECTified” episode. “I had no idea it would be such a big, uh, thing.”

A big thing, indeed.

“Punch-Out” arguably is among the greatest sports video games of all-time. The classic Nintendo Entertainment System game marks its 30th anniversary this week, making nostalgic folks who had Little Mac run the gauntlet against Don Flamingo, Soda Popinski, Bald Bull, King Hippo, Great Tiger and the like feel very, very, very old.

And what about Glass Joe, right? Iron Mike says the pushover first opponent was his favorite character. Why?

“Because he was the only one I could beat,” Tyson said.

Here’s video of Tyson playing “Punch-Out” for the very first time in 2013, a whopping 26 years after it was originally released.

Great stuff.