Star Trek legend William Shatner on boxing with Mike Tyson and his similarities with George Foreman

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Star Trek’s original James T Kirk actor may be 90 years old, but he’s showing no signs of fatigue. Earlier this year, William Shatner did some boxing sparring with Mike Tyson himself for a Coppergel ad for pain relief. Shatner spoke exclusively to and shared what it was like to be in the ring with the champion.

Shatner told us, “Mike Tyson is a rich character! I more than enjoyed it.”

The duo met prior to the ad and bonded over discussing religion before the Star Trek legend presented the boxing commercial idea.

Once in the ring, the 90-year-old recalled, “We put on the gloves and Mike started dancing around and he was moving so fast my eyes couldn’t follow him!”

Shatner pointed out that Tyson is in his mid-50s, so just imagine how fast he was in his youth.

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Star Trek legend William Shatner on boxing with Mike Tyson and his similarities with George Foreman (Image: COPPER GEL)

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Shatner, who was promoting his new film Senior Moment, said: “I followed Mike Tyson’s career on film. There is a film of him when he was 13/14 when he was just off the street and he was raised as an adopted son of Cus D’Amato, this great trainer.

“By the time he was 18 he was a very skilled boxer. But there was something I saw in Mike.

“There was this unique physical strength and there was a burning hunger.”

The Star Trek actor also knows boxer George Foreman, who starred with him on the reality travel show Better Late Than Never, and talked about how they’ve been in the ring together.

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William Shatner has also been in the ring with George Foreman (Image: GETTY)

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Mike Tyson and George Foreman never faced each other in the ring (Image: GETTY)

Shatner compares Tyson to Foreman, saying, “These two guys…the similarity there is. In their youth they were murderers – they didn’t kill anyone, but they could have done it.

“People getting in the ring took over that killer instinct. They both learned not only to temper that, but to change that.

“They were able to get all their cruelty and anger into the ring without harming anyone else.”

The 90-year-old added that after a while they both realized they didn’t have to feel this way and just work themselves out.

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During the interview, Shatner also shared that he would return to Star Trek on one condition.

He said: “You know, Star Trek is a great show. How it lasted all these years, why it has all those reruns, I don’t know.

“I spend the time speculating why Star Trek is and is so popular. Actually, nobody really knows.

“So I’d be really happy to be a part of Star Trek if it was something worthy.”

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