Former undisputed heavyweight champion "Iron" Mike Tyson has said he has been lying about being sober.
In a press conference that was shown on ESPN's Friday Night Fights following Tyson's debut as a boxing promoter he confessed: "I don't want to die! I'm on the verge of dying because I'm a vicious Alcoholic."
The man who was once dubbed "the baddest man on the planet" went on to say: "I haven't drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that's a miracle. I've been lying to everybody else that think I was sober, but I'm not. This is my sixth day. I'm never gonna use again."
The confession came after Fightnews.com's Bob Newman asked, "Can you tell us about your brief meeting with Teddy?" meaning Teddy Atlas, who helped train Tyson as a teenager, but walked away after a bust up with him 30 years ago.
Tyson is no stranger to controversy either in or outside the ring. In 1992 he received a three-year prison sentence for a convicted rape.
In 1997 he was disqualified from a world Championship match after twice biting Evander Holyfield's ear and leaving Holyfield in need of plastic surgery. Then in 1999 he was again jailed, this time for three months for assault.
In 2007, he was arrested and convicted of possession and driving under the influence of cocaine.
In his prime, Tyson was one of the most exciting fighters in history and is the youngest Heavyweight champion of all time, winning the WBC strap from Trevor Berbick aged 20.
It's a shame to see this once feared man struggling like so many others do, after his life in boxing. I just hope he can defeat what could well be his most formidable opponent to date.
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