Mike Tyson made the comments to Sugar Ray Leonard, a recent guest on his podcast
Legendary boxing champion Mike Tyson tearfully said he “misses” the person he used to be while opening up about the struggles he faced after stepping away from the ring.
On a recent episode of his podcast, Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, the 53-year-old recounted his career with guest Sugar Ray Leonard. Their conversation took an emotional turn when Tyson admitted he felt “empty” when he retired from the sport that made him an international superstar.
“I know the art of fighting. I know the art of war,” Tyson said. “That’s all I’ve ever studied. That’s why I’m so feared. That’s why they feared me when I was in the ring. I was an annihilator. That’s all I was born for.”
“That’s the reason why I’m crying, ’cause I’m not that person no more,” he tearfully added. “And I miss him.”
Tyson, who competed from 1985 to 2005, ended his career with a record of 50 wins, six losses and two no contests. Forty-four of his wins came by knockout.
“Now those days are gone. It’s empty. I’m nothing,” Tyson said.
Tyson’s career was also filled with controversy. He was famously disqualified from a match when he bit a portion of Evander Holyfield’s ear off in 1997.
Tyson said he has been working to remain humble in retirement, partly because he is fearful of the hostile person he used to be during his fighting days.
” ‘Cause sometimes I feel like a b——,” he told Leonard. “Because I don’t want that person to come out, ’cause if he comes out, hell is coming with him.”
“And it’s not funny at all,” Tyson continued. “It’s not cool, like, I’m a tough guy. It’s just that I hate that guy. I’m scared of him.”
After retirement, Tyson starred in the hit comedy, The Hangover, and recently made investments in the marijuana industry. Last year, he admitted to spending $40,000 a month on marijuana.