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Mike Tyson in tears, feels “empty” after retiring from boxing

“The reason why I’m crying is because I’m not that person no more,” said Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champion.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: March 5, 2020 12:47:23 am
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Once billed as the ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’, Mike Tyson was one of the most feared boxers of his era. He would step into the ring without the need for an over the top costume or entrance music and yet strike terror at the heart of his opponents.

The 53-year-old, now a former-undisputed heavyweight champion, demonstrated very little emotion in his prime as he went on to become the youngest heavyweight champion of all time, knocking out Trevor Berbick for the WBC title at age 19 in 1986.

However, his career decline began with an 11th-round knockout loss to Evander Holyfield later that year – just the second of his career. From thereon, Tyson would only win five of his final 11 fights, before retiring in 2005.

Now at aged 53, life is way more different for ‘Iron Mike’.

In a highly emotional interview with fellow great Sugar Ray Leonard (a 1976 Olympic gold medalist and former five-weight world champion as a pro) on his Hotboxin’ podcast, Tyson broke down in tears when the two discussed their respective retirements from the ring.

Tyson admitted his transition from boxer to spectator left him feeling ’empty’ as a human being.

“I’m a f***ing student of war,” Tyson told Leonard. “That’s why I’m so feared, that’s why they feared me when I was in the ring. I was an annihilator – it’s all I was born for. Now those days are gone.

“It’s empty, I’m nothing. I’m working on the art of humbleness.

“That’s the reason I’m crying, because I’m not that person no more and I miss him.”

Tyson, who was disqualified from a fight in 1997 after he bit a chunk out of Evander Holyfield’s right ear, said he is fearful of his old self.

“‘Cause sometimes I feel like a b—-,” he said on his podcast. “Because I don’t want that person to come out, ’cause if he comes out, hell is coming with him.”

“And it’s not funny at all,” he said. “It’s not cool, like, I’m a tough guy. It’s just that I hate that guy. I’m scared of him.”

Watch Tyson’s emotional interview right here:

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