Mike Tyson: 'I'm going to die ... I'm useless"

Boxing legend Mike Tyson admitted Friday night that he's still dealing with drug use and...

Boxing legend Mike Tyson admitted Friday night that he's still dealing with drug use and alcoholism. (AFP)

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Mike Tyson made the most of his promotional debut late Friday night in upstate New York, stealing the spotlight from his company, Iron Mike Productions.

In between bouts, Tyson sat down with ESPN to talk about his relationship with boxing analyst Teddy Atlas, his former trainer who was present, and the steps he’s taking to recover from being a “vicious alcoholic.”

Tyson severed ties with his former trainer in the 1980s when Atlas alleged Tyson had approached a young girl in an inappropriate manner.

"I'm recovering and I'm gonna die,” Tyson told ESPN of why he decided to patch things up with Atlas Friday night. “If I don't follow my steps, I'm useless.

"I have a lot of pain, and I just want to heal it, and that was part of it, right there."

Good for Mike, right?

Well, as soon as ESPN’s cameras turned back to Fight Night, the former heavyweight champ took more questions back stage, some of which were filmed by The Fight Network and surrounded Tyson’s enrollment in an Alcoholics Anonymous program.



“I hate myself,” Tyson said in reply to a question about Atlas. “I'm trying to kill myself. I hate myself a lot, but I made myself proud of myself, and I don't do that much. I was happy I did that.

"I'm a mother------," Tyson continued, making the conversation even more difficult to follow. "I'm a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven. So in order for me to be forgiven, I hope they can forgive me. I wanna change my life, I wanna live a different life now. I wanna live my sober life. I don't wanna die. I'm on the verge of dying, because I'm a vicious alcoholic. Wow. God, this is some interesting stuff.”

Tyson had purported to be sober during a run of appearances promoting his stage show “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" earlier this year.

But, as the 47-year-old disclosed Friday, he’s still dealing with the same demons.

"I haven't drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that's a miracle," Tyson said. "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."


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