AN EMOTIONAL Mike Tyson broke down in tears when he explained how since retiring from boxing 15 years ago he has struggled.
The pugilist known as ‘Iron Mike’ was the former undisputed world champion hung up his gloves back in 2005 after a 20-year career, in which he won the WBA, WBC and IBF belts, and 50 of his 58 fights.
However, he has admitted that it has been a major challenge coping with life since stepping out of the ring.
I’m nothing. I’m working on the art of humbleness.
He said in an interview: “I’m a f***ing student of war. I know all the warriors. From Charlemagne to Achilles – the number one warrior of all warriors – and then Alexander and Napoleon, I know them all. I read about them all. I studied them all. I know the art of fighting, I know the art of war, that’s all I 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. It’s all I was born for.
“Now those days are gone. It’s empty, I’m nothing. I’m working on the art of humbleness.
“That’s the reason I’m crying because I’m not that person no more, and I miss him.”
Tyson has admitted to battling mental health problems for years, and in January said he had “lost the will to live” at his lowest point.
In 1986, aged just 20, Tyson became the youngest fighter to ever win a world heavyweight title when be beat Trevor Berbick.