Mike Tyson Gets Emotional While Discussing His past and Fans React

Mike Tyson might seem like a tough guy, but there have been times in the past that left him feeling helpless and shattered. The former boxing pro opened up about such times during an episode of the "Hotboxin'" podcast. 

Mike Tyson's passion for boxing is what immortalized his name in the boxing world. After all these years, the former pro boxer still loves boxing as much as he did when he first started out. 

However, there have been times in his career when he wasn't at his best. He was accused of sexually assaulting Desiree Washington in 1992 and served three years of jail time. 

Mike Tyson attends the Citi Taste Of Tennis on August 22, 2019 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Mike Tyson attends the Citi Taste Of Tennis on August 22, 2019 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

STRENGTH IN VULNERABILITY 

Now those days are gone, it's empty, I'm nothing.

In a recent interview with pro boxer Sugar Ray Leonard for an episode of the "Hotboxin'" podcast, Tyson was overwhelmed with emotions as he talked about the personal changes in his life. 

Tyson is focusing on becoming his better self these days, but sometimes he misses his old self because he feels vulnerable. As he shared in the podcast, he is working on the art of humbleness.

As he fought back his tears, Tyson talked about his old days when he was the king of the ring and feared by most. He also said that the art of fighting and war is all he ever studied. 

"That's why I'm so feared, that's why they feared me when I was in the ring because I was an annihilator. That's all I was born for."

Tyson's raw emotions touched many of his fans' hearts and they took to the comment section to spare some words of encouragement for the pro boxer. 

However, there have been times in his career when he wasn't at his best. He was accused of sexually assaulting Desiree Washington in 1992 and served three years of jail time. 

A TUMULTUOUS PAST

Tyson rose to fame when he became the youngest heavyweight champion after beating Trevor Berbick at the age of 20. Since he had a troubled childhood, he was sent to a reform school in upstate New York where his boxing talent was discovered. 

After serving his term at the Indiana Youth Center, Tyson claimed the heavyweight title in 1996. However, the boxer's troubles were far from over as he found himself amid controversies, one after another. 

During a boxing match against the former pro boxer Evander Holyfield in 1997, Tyson bit off a piece of his ear. As a result, his boxing license was canceled. The duo made amends following the incident, but Tyson continued to get into trouble with the law and even battled with drug addiction at one point. 

In 2005, the boxer's career ended in 2005 after he quit following his bout with Kevin McBride. Although he gradually adapted to his new life, the process was anything but a cakewalk. 

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