04/26/2013 at 09:35 AM EDT
In what almost seems like a scene out of Fatal Attraction
, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson recounted how an ex-girlfriend boiled and ate one his pet pigeons.
Speaking Thursday on the WFAN's Boomer & Carton show
, Tyson, who lives near Las Vegas and has raised pigeons since before his boxing career, said he was aghast by what went down.
"I was dating this young lady and she said, 'I don't know why you're flying those damn birds, you should be eating them,' " Tyson, 46, told the hosts. "She happened to grab one – and she cooked one and proceeded to eat it. And I just couldn't do it."
Added Tyson, who also happens to be a vegan: "It just wasn't the right thing to do. It wasn't cool. It was her house and we were living on her dime, so she could do [it]."
Now retired from the ring, Tyson has reclaimed the spotlight, performing in the national tour of his one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
, in which he shares details of his storied career and personal life.