Mike Tyson recently spoke to promoter Eddie Hearn on the latter’s podcast ‘No Passion, No Point‘. The pair discussed a wide variety of topics including the early days of the heavyweight kingpin’s life.
He also spoke about the importance of a mentor in life and how early fame led to him being vulnerable and astray.
“Iron” Mike Tyson told Hearn that the best thing that can happen to a young man or woman is to have a “diligent role model” in their life.
Someone who can guide a young person in the right direction. “The feelings have to be mutual. Your objective has to be to make them happy – to be the man they need you to be. Just think where I would be without boxing.
“I don’t even want to think about where I would be without this beautiful sport,” said Tyson.
Tyson suffered a troubled upbringing, and boxing was his way out of that life. The sport of boxing showed offered him a glimpse of hope to build his life anew.
Tyson also added that becoming a World Champion at the tender age of 20 hampered him in some ways. Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing. But ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ believes it did him more bad than good.
“The best time of my life was probably right before I won the title,” said Tyson. “When I won the title, it got tricky. It wasn’t the right time for me.”
The legendary boxer got into trouble outside the ring because of substances and other controversial issues. Tyson believes fame at that age made him do those things. “I had too many emotional vampires around me,” added Mike Tyson.
Mike Tyson returns to the boxing ring after over 15 years this weekend when he takes on fellow legend Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition boxing bout. It will be a great spectacle for the fans with two legends of the sport colliding for a show.
Watch Mike Tyson Vs Roy Jones Jr. on November 28th, 2020.