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Mike Tyson Says He Is 'Willing To Die In The Ring' To Reach 'God Status'

Mike Tyson Says He Is 'Willing To Die In The Ring' To Reach 'God Status'

Mike Tyson has said he is willing to die in the ring as he detailed his love for boxing.

The two-time world heavyweight champion recently got the bug for boxing back at the age of 54 and put on an impressive display in an exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr back in November.

In a new episode of the Food Truck diaries with Brendan Schaub, Tyson revealed he is hoping to fight again over in Dubai on a card he promotes.

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But he also went deeper when he discussed what boxing means him and how it's part of who he is.

Tyson said: "I'm born to do this. I'm born to do this, 'til I reach God status. I'm just born to do this man."

Asked by former UFC fighter Schaub how he would achieve such a stus, the Baddest Man on the Planet replied: "Dying (in the ring). That's real talk man. That's real talk. I don't even know why I became this way. This is just what it is, this is how I'm built. I don't know why."

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"Yeah. I don't fear it. Living might be more complicated than dying to me," he said while speaking at his home in California.

"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 f**k? We're nothing! We come from sh*t; we think we're special! Fame is sh*t.

"I knew there was a possibility that I could die during training, during a fight. I knew that," he continued.

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"But I wasn't scared, because I thought if anybody was going to die, I would do the killing. That self-confidence was a survival mechanism. But now, from my experience, from what I believe, the more I know about not existing, the more willing I am to die."

Tyson recently hit headlines when he consumed four grams of mushrooms just five minutes into an appearance on Logan Paul's podcast.

Tyson said taking them "helps me be a better me" and talked about other psychedelics such as 'DMT' and 'Changa' and his experiences dabbling into those substances.

Topics: Heavyweight boxing, Mike Tyson, Boxing News

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