Ex-world heavyweight champion and boxing promoter Mike Tyson has given his first interview since announcing to the world that he is struggling with alcoholism and feels he could die at any moment.
Speaking with the Today Show’s Matt Lauer in Las Vegas, Tyson, 47, admitted that he finds it hard to stay sober and that he regularly thinks of death as he copes with his illness and addiction from day to day.
“I won’t survive if I don’t get help,” Tyson stated.
“When I start drinking and I relapse, I think of dying. I’m in a real dark mood, I think of dying. And I don’t know if I want to be around no more.”
“I want to change my life, I want to live a different life now. I want to live my sober life. I don’t want to die.”
The one-time king of the sport has been branching out into acting and TV in recent years and was thought to have his life under control after previously going off the rails as he contemplated a life outside the ring.
‘Iron Mike’ is now attempting to take each day as it comes after stating to Lauer that it has been twelve days since the former fighter last drank, but Tyson did not make any promises regarding his future recovery in the interview.
“It’s a real challenge. I don’t know if I like this sober guy. It’s hard for me to live normal. Straight is hard,” said the self-professed ‘Baddest Man on the Planet.’