Mike Tyson Details the Worst Time of His Life

Published 12/27/2020, 7:43 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 08: Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson speaks during the third annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction gala at Caesars Palace on August 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


No fighter in the world has ever seen a life as unusual as that of Mike Tyson‘s. He had a career full of ups and downs, went from rags to riches, and was encircled with controversies. Even after so many hardships, Tyson stood strong and kept himself relevant over so many years.

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In a chat with VLAD TV, ‘Iron’ spoke about the time he believes was the worst of his entire life.

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The anchor asked Tyson about an incident during a pre-fight conference where Tyson told a guy to f*** himself. “I’ve done it before, but you know that stage in my life I was yelling from a point of no suffering, no self-love. I was going through 3 different periods of life during that time,” Tyson reverted.

Mike Tyson has had the most lucrative careers in boxing. He made his way to the top heavyweights very quickly. However, Tyson believes his life has not been as glittery as the audience perceives it to be. He said, ”Everything was just off limit, it’s almost like you faking on everything, no one to talk to, feel nothing from nobody, it’s just really a mental breakdown or something.”

Tyson also cited his professional boxing run as the best but also the worst because while he had immense growth, he also had apprehensions about the future of his career.

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Mike Tyson’ quick rise to super-stardom

In today’s era, most boxers find it tough to make their professional boxing debut by the age of 20. Tyson was ruling the heavyweight division by this age. In less than two years of his professional boxing debut, Tyson crucified all his opponents to be the ultimate heavyweight king.

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In no time, he became a fan-favorite with his daunting power. A huge chunk of Tyson’s fights never went till the last rounds. He was an annihilating finisher of the 1980-90s era. His first professional boxing loss came against James Douglas in 1990, five years after his debut.

LAS VEGAS – FEBRUARY 25: Mike Tyson boxes Frank Bruno at the Hilton Hotel-Casino on February 25, 1989 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson defeated Bruno with a TKO in Round 5. (Focus on Sport via Getty Images)

Needless to say, Tyson is still the most talked-about boxer on the planet. He makes it to news headlines effortlessly even today. What has been your favorite highlight of Mike Tyson’s extensive career?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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