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“I am an Abused Kid Who Abused People”: Mike Tyson’s Confession Will Send Chills Down Your Spine

Published 02/17/2023, 3:45 PM EST

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Mike Tyson is one of the most ferocious boxers of all time. The New York-born boxer was known to have had a life of colossal highs and tormenting lows. Tyson became famous early when he made his professional debut at 18, knocking out Hector Mercedes in the first round. Just after two years of turning pro, ‘Iron’ Mike became the world’s youngest heavyweight champion at 20. Besides his victories in the ring, Tyson was known for leading a very outlandish lifestyle outside the ring. The champ became a slave to his own will, which eventually affected his performance in the ring.

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As Mike Tyson got older, he showed remorse for his actions at the top of his career. Noone’s perfect, and neither was Mike Tyson. He has certainly made changes and a lot of adjustments to his lifestyle to become a better man. He talked about his struggles in an episode of his podcast, Hotboxin’.

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In an episode of Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, He opened up about his deeds in the past. He said,  “sometimes it’s hard to say to yourself that I don’t like myself. But I don’t know how to change.” Moreover, he added, “I didn’t like myself because I did a lot of s**t to people.”

Tyson has repeatedly shown his melancholy for the things he indulged in while competing as a professional boxer. His name was the center point of many controversies then, and Tyson even went to prison due to them. Mike Tyon’s life is no less than a Hollywood movie.


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In the episode, Tyson further shared that he had lost all hope and will to live. “I always wanted to die. But, I couldn’t kill myself, so now I gotta deal with who I am.” But Mike Tyson is eager to fight this and find out who he is.


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Tyson’s battle against Mental illness

Mike Tyson has been open about his struggles with mental illness. He has openly talked about his years-long battle with depression. Tyson accepts his inability to control himself when he was at the peak of his career.  All that fame at a young age gave a lot to Tyson but took a lot from him too. Tyson’s Mental health deteriorated. Now, Tyson is an advocate of Mental health and uses his podcast as a medium to raise awareness about it among his audience.

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Mike Tyson is not where he wants to be mentally but is fighting his way through all of it. The champ still has that fighting spirit inside him.

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Written by:

Agrim Sharma


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Agrim Sharma is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. Having an Economics background did not deviate him from finding his passion for writing. With two years of professional content writing experience, he learned that the best way to channel his love for the sport of boxing is by writing.
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Shibu Immanuel