Tyson wants to "be a good person" as boxing icon opens up on addiction recovery

Mike Tyson is determined to "be a good person" after the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world opened up on his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Tyson discussed his troubled past whilst appearing on the REVOLT podcast.

Despite his previous addiction struggles, the 55-year-old boxing legend said he wants to leave all that behind in order to do good. He said: “I’m a recovering junkie and alcoholic. I do inventory every night. I can get really dark so inventory gives me the light.

“But I don’t want to be great. I know a lot of great people but they’re not good people. I want to be a good person.”

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He continued: “I know the art of fight, I know the art of war, that’s all I ever studied. That’s why I am so feared, that’s why they feared me when I was in the ring because I saw, I was an annihilator, that’s what I was born for.

“Now those days are gone, it’s empty, I’m nothing. I’m working on feeling the art of humbleness. I don’t want that person to come out, because if he comes out, hell is coming with him.”

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In the one hour and 30 minute chat Tyson also discussed his rollercoaster life after retiring from boxing, including a recent well-documented run in with a fan on a plane. Back in April, the 55-year-old was caught on camera punching a fellow passenger when on a flight to San Francisco.

After the footage was released, Tyson’s defence team claimed that the boxing star had been harassed and bothered by George Townsend III, who allegedly threw a bottle at the 54-year-old. Following the incident, the San Mateo County District Attorney later decided not to charge Tyson due to the behaviour of the passenger causing the altercation to take place.

Discussing the incident on the podcast, he commented: “Even though they didn’t press charges, and I was in the right from a moral perspective, I shouldn’t have touched him.”


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