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Mike Tyson Says He's 'Willing To Die' As Being Alive Is 'Complicated'

Mike Tyson Says He's 'Willing To Die' As Being Alive Is 'Complicated'

The boxing legend said: "The more I know about existing, the more willing I am to die"

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson has said he is looking forward to dying as being alive is 'more complicated'.

The legendary boxer opened up about the highs and lows he's experienced in his 53 years, which saw him winning his first belt at just 20-years-old before a downward spiral and a conviction for rape in the 1990s.


Speaking to The Sportsman, Tyson said: "From my experience, from what I believe, the more I know about not existing, the more willing I am to die."

When asked if he 'looked forward to death', he said: "Yeah, I don't fear it. Living might be more complicated than dying to me, because living takes a lot of courage.

"Without the courage, you can't handle living. Living is a journey; living is a struggle. People have everything and they still can't do it, they struggle.

"We take ourselves too seriously; we think we're somebody. Who the f***, we're nothing! We come from s***. We think we're special... fame is s***.You find out you're not [special].

"You're capable of going to jail, you're capable of dying, you're capable of being mistreated.

"I don't really expect bad things to happen to me, but when they do happen to me, I understand it and I'm able to handle it. I've handled bad stuff before, that's been my life. I don't trip over bad things, I know s*** happens.

"When bad things happen, I will be still striving to do something. I won't be discouraged."


Last week, Tyson revealed that he once knocked out a binman after he threw away the body of his beloved pet pigeon Julius.

The boxer said he hoped to hold a memorial service for the dead bird but was left gutted after the binman chucked the carcass out - presumably assuming it was destined for the bin.

Tyson told World Boxing Council: "One morning I woke up and found my favourite pigeon, Julius, had died. I was devastated and was gonna use his crate as my stickball bat to honour him.

"I left the crate on my stoop and went in to get something and I returned to see the sanitation man put the crate into the crusher.

"I rushed him and caught him flush on the temple with a titanic right hand and he was out cold."

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