Legendary boxer Mike Tyson has lived a wild and tumultuous life. After moving from one of the roughest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York, he established himself as one of the greatest boxers of all time.
Boxing hero and icon earned hundreds of millions of dollars over the course his career, but he had a number of highly controversial incidents in the process. From biting Evander Holyfield’s ear to filing for bankruptcy after accumulating $60 million in debt, Mike has been through more than most people could experience in several lifetimes.
Even though Mike’s life is much calmer now, he struggles to look back on the crazy moments during his boxing career. He’s so traumatized by the events that he can’t even watch boxing matches anymore.
Mike discussed his love-hate relationship with his former self during a resurfaced 2019 interview with Joe Rogan.
“I’ve got mixed feelings with that part of my life. … Not stuff that I don’t like about myself, and stuff, I just… I try to forget that stuff ‘cause I’m on a whole different pattern,” Mike admitted.
Specifically, Mike has a hard time watching the violent outbursts he would often have during press conferences.
“I look at some of those press conferences a long time ago and what I’m saying to these guys, I would never talk to anybody like that. It’s just such a different world now, my world is so different now,” boxer said.
He doesn’t like watching today’s boxers
Later in the interview, Mike admitted that he’s unable to watch boxing nowadays because it reminds him too much of his past.
“I don’t even watch nothing, I try to stay away as much as possible,” Mike said.
He feels conflicted when people bring up his past
Oftentimes when people see Mike, they bring up his past and speak highly of his wild behavior. However, Iron Mike hates being reminded of those moments.
“I’m almost a little bit like I don’t want to be involved, I wish that never happened.”
Mike knows people love him for his past, but because he’s nothing like the person he used to be, he struggles to relate to them.
“This is the real reason … People still—people love that guy. I don’t even like that guy that much … I’m conflicting with people that like that guy, and me living my life that I am living now.”
Iron Mike Tyson says his ego caused him a lot of problems
In the same interview with Joe Rogan, Mike admitted that his trainer, Cus D’Amato created the enormous ego he had during his professional career. However, he never learned to control it, which caused massive problems for him.
“[I’d] never felt like that before, it was like taking a big drug … boom, just felt like you’re the man,” Mike said. “Then everybody’s telling you you’re great. … That’s what it was, the gas. ‘We’re gonna destroy these guys. These guys, they’re in our way of greatness, glory.’”