Mike Tyson on Using Steroids in Boxing: “That’s Attempted Murder”

Published 07/15/2021, 7:49 AM EDT
Mike Tyson in London to see Frank Bruno against James ‘Quick ‘ Tillis, (Picture) Mike Tyson sparring, 25th March 1987. (Photo by Brendan Monks/Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)


On the latest episode of the Hotboxin’ podcast, Mike Tyson voiced his opinion on steroid usage and glove tampering in boxing. Tyson pointed out that he does not have a problem with athletes in other sports using steroids for performance enhancement. However, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ spoke against its usage in a sport that involves physical confrontation. ‘Iron’ Mike called steroid usage or tampering of any kind in boxing “criminal.”

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Following a brief discussion about Jean Pascal testing positive for four different steroids ahead of his June 6 bout with Badou Jack, this conversation came into play. Badou ‘The Ripper’ Jack agreed with Mike Tyson’s sentiment about steroid misuse and tampering in the sport. Jack said in agreement, “You risk your life. You could die in the ring.”

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“I’m not against steroids or none of that stuff because everybody’s using it right. But it shouldn’t be used in sports where people are physically fighting. If you want to run fast or swim faster, anything except physical confrontation.”

“It’s criminal. You’re going to hit a man, that’s attempted murder,” added ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.

What happened after Jean Pascal tested positive for banned substances?

The Haitian-Canadian boxer, Jean Pascal, has now been stripped of his WBA light-heavyweight title. This came after he tested positive for three PEDs. WBA regulations restricted Pascal from retaining his title. However, he still has the option of getting his sample reassessed for WBA to review their decision later.

The 38-year-old tested positive for epitrenbolone, drostanolone, and drostanolone metabolite. Soon after the cancellation of his matchup with Pascal for the Logan Paul-Floyd Mayweather card, Badou Jack responded by saying, “he should be in jail.”

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Jean Pascal has since shared that he was embarrassed and has apologized for disappointing those close to him. However, he has also said that he did not consume those substances knowingly. The former light-heavyweight champion is now eager to get back in the ring in 2022 and work his way back up the ladder.

I will be back on top soon. I see another championship around my waist next year, I can visualize it, now it’s just time to work hard and dedicate myself, so I can achieve it,said Jean Pascal.

What do you make of the current policies in place to avoid and restrict steroid usage in boxing and other combat sports?

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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