Former champion says he has repaired much of the damage he has done to others in his life.
Mike Tyson has spoken out about some of the more emotionally damaging times in his life in a short interviews ahead of his debut as a boxing promoter.
Known almost as much for his crimes and sins outside of the ring as he skill inside of it, Tyson said he realised if he did not take his life in a different direction, it would not last for long.
“Life is short; I made amends with everybody,” Tyson said at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y.
“I’m recovering and I’m gonna die. If I don’t follow my steps, I’m useless.”
Teddy Atlas had helped train Tyson, along with their common mentor, Cus D’Amato, in upstate New York in the early 1980s.
But Atlas and Tyson had a falling out following an incident in which Atlas has said Tyson approached a young girl, who was a relative of Atlas’ wife, in a crude manner.
In his biography, Atlas recalled borrowing a .38 from a pal, tracking down Tyson one night in 1982, telling him to smarten up and firing the gun, deliberately missing.
It is just one of the harrowing tales Tyson spoke about ahead of his debut as promoter in the sport that made him a household name.