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Mike Tyson Emotionally Discusses His 'Sick' Past While Being 'An Animal' With Money

Mike Tyson Emotionally Discusses His 'Sick' Past While Being 'An Animal' With Money

Mike Tyson has opened up on his troubled past and how he wasted his money 'like an animal' during the height of his boxing career - including crazy sums on orgies.

Tyson will go down as an all-time great in the ring but most of the fortune he made in his prime slid away due to his spending habits.

He admitted on his podcast 'Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson' that he was 'sick' in his younger years and how he spent his money proved it.

Image Credit: Hotboxin' With Mike Tyson
Image Credit: Hotboxin' With Mike Tyson
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"When I was young I was an animal with money," 'Iron Mike' explained to his guest, NBA star Damian Lillard.

"Giving people money like f*** everybody, party with everybody and f*** their mothers, their sisters and their cousins... orgies. I was crazy.

"I was so sick and I had no idea I was so sick. I bought a lot of cars for girls too."

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Tyson was declared bankrupt in 2003 despite reportedly earning over $300 million during his successful career.

He was also arrested over the rape of beauty pageant model Desiree Washington, for which he served three years of a six year jail sentence.

The 53-year-old has refused to hide away from his past and explained the way he spiraled out of control in his autobiography 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth' in 2013.

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But Tyson set his sights on turning his life around and has begun to mellow with age.

"I surrendered to a higher power. I said: 'Help me. I can't do nothing no more. Guide me. God, whoever. I don't know what to do," he told The Guardian in 2014.

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Tyson also explained that he set about living his life with clear morals and the aim of being a good person.

"I look at it as just living healthily with a good moral sense. Having morality. You know any self-inventory I do tells me the same thing.

"I look back at the life I once had and see that I didn't have an emotional problem. I had a morality problem. I was without any morals."

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He also recently spoke to The Sportsman and made the admission that he no longer fears death.

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Image Credit: The Sportsman

"Yeah. I don't fear it. Living might be more complicated than dying to me," he explained.

"The belief of it. I don't know if it's true. 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 fu*k? We're nothing! We come from sh*t; we think we're special! Fame is sh*t."

Featured Image Credit: Hotboxin' With Mike Tyson

Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Boxing, Legends

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Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.