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Mike Tyson Talks Drugs And The Time He Was Interviewed By A Murderer

Mike Tyson Talks Drugs And The Time He Was Interviewed By A Murderer

In 2006, Mike Tyson admitted to using drugs and stated that he had an addiction. One year later, the former WBC, WBA and IBF title holder was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of cocaine.

It was a far cry from the champion boxer who fronted America's 'Say No To Drugs' campaign of the 1980s. The public service announcement opened with that very slogan, before Tyson appeared to tell the camera: "That's right - say no to crack, so you can live."

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Ten years on, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a rueful-looking Tyson laughed about his earlier misdemeanours:

Credit: ABC / Jimmy Kimmel Live!

"I didn't follow my advice," he said, reflecting on the clip.

Tyson is currently promoting Undisputed Truth - Round 2, a one-man show exploring stories from his eventful and often controversial life, which is unveiled on Thursday at the MGM in Las Vegas.

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To give a flavour of the anecdotes that make up the show, Tyson also spoke about being interviewed by a 'really small, but really nice' sports reporter.

"I'm in the gym, and it's surrounded by cops. I thought, 'whose ass did I grab last night?' But then I thought if I did, it wouldn't be the feds coming to get me.

"[The policeman] asked if I knew this gentleman [the reporter] ... He said: 'He liked you, Mr Tyson. He didn't like the 28 people he shot, and the eight that he killed."

Yes, Tyson was interviewed by a murderer.

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Tyson also discussed his presence at the Mayweather v McGregor fight on 26 August,, and spoke highly of Conor McGregor - a man he had previously criticised a lot.

McGregor was the rank outsider, predicted to fall within the first five rounds by his American counterpart before entering the ring. The odds were against him.

Yet the Irishman lasted ten rounds, and was only stopped by the referee - something which he disagreed with at the time - impressing many for his physicality and how well he held himself.

His post-match press conference also won him many plaudits for his humility and the way he handled himself.

One of his biggest critics heading into the fight was ex-professional boxer Mike Tyson. He had previously said: "McGregor is going to get killed in boxing." He later added that McGregor was a 'dumbass' who will get 'knocked out, because [Mayweather]'s been doing this all his life'."

Despite watching the fight behind six-foot-eight LeBron James, and thus not getting a clear view, Tyson used his time on Kimmel's show to praise McGregor:

Credit: ABC / Jimmy Kimmel Live!

"It was a great fight. I was surprised how well he [McGregor] fought," he said.

Tyson also added his views on Mayweather's betting - saying that he thinks it was probably illegal to do it back in his day; not that he ever considered it.

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Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Mike Tyson, Drugs, Floyd Mayweather

Michael Minay

Mike Minay is a trending journalist at LADbible. He’s co-ordinated interviews with some of the big names from the world of news and sport including ITV’s Robert Peston, Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling and darts champion Michael van Gerwen. His reporting days began on University radio in Birmingham, before moving to BBC Sport Online – creating content for large events such as Wimbledon and the FA Cup final. Mike still commentates on Football League matches at the weekend. A Manchester LAD at heart.