Mike Tyson has admitted in his explosive autobiography that he was high on drugs during some of his fights – and even used a fake penis to fool dope testers.
In his forthcoming memoir, ‘The Undisputed Truth,’ the heavyweight champion dishes out his life story sharing his history of violence, drug addition, sexual exploit and what life was like in prison.
At 20, despite unprecedented odds, he became the youngest fighter crowned heavyweight champ in boxing’s long history. A bona fide knockout artist, and budding superstar, the Brooklyn-bred phenom was introduced to wealth, fortune and fame beyond his wildest imagination. And then life happened, the door to destruction opened, and Mike waltzed right on in.
The former world heavyweight boxing champion disclosed in a new tell-all memoir that he spent a significant stretch of his turbulent career addicted to cocaine and marijuana.
“I was a full-blown cokehead,” Tyson wrote in Undisputed Truth, published on Tuesday. Recalling his shock 2004 loss to Britain’s Danny Williams, he revealed he was taking drugs until shortly before the fight.
Tyson, now 47 and retired, described his ferocious appetite for drink and drugs that dated back to trying cocaine at the age of 11 and first being given alcohol as a baby in New York, says the Telegraph. On that occasion, prior to a 2000 bout against Lou Savarese in Glasgow, Scotland, Tyson said he had used cocaine and marijuana prior to the match.
The same year he was fined $200,000 after testing positive for marijuana following a fight against Andrew Golota, and blames his detection on his failure to get hold of the ‘whizzer’ from a member of his team.
But it seems that was not Tyson’s only indiscretion in 2000 as he admits to using a fake penis to avoid failing a drugs test before his bout with Lou Savarese at Hampden Park in June 2000.
The native New Yorker says he took “blow” and “pot” before the fight and then filled his “whizzer” – what he uses to describe his fake penis – with someone else’s urine. Tyson also explained he had taken cocaine before a press conference with Lennox Lewis in 2002, which descended into an onstage brawl. Tyson bit the Brit on the leg during the ensuing melee.
“I lost my mind,” writes Tyson. “I looked over at him and wanted to hit the mother****r.”
Tyson was already partying hard and dating both Naomi Campbell and Miss America runner-up Suzette Charles, plus having sex with dozens of women a week when, at 21 years old, he met actress Robin Givens. On Feb. 7, 1988, 11 months after their first date, Tyson and Givens were married — only, Tyson writes, because she had told a mutual friend she was pregnant. There was no prenup. He quickly realized he had made a mistake.
“She was supposedly three months pregnant when we got married,” Tyson writes of Givens. “Now it was June and she hadn’t gained a pound, so the next thing I knew she was in bed and claimed she had miscarried our baby.”
He goes on to describe a confrontation with Brad Pitt, whom Robin had started dating before ending her marriage to Iron Mike. Tyson says Pitt begged him not to throw a punch.
“You had to see the look on his face,” writes Tyson. “He looked like he was ready to receive his last rites. He also looked stoned out of his gourd.”
Despite his troubles since retiring from boxing back in 2005, Tyson has enjoyed success away from the sport appearing in hit film The Hangover and going on to star in his own one-man Broadway show.
“I’m a bad guy. I did a lot of bad things and I want to be forgiven. I want to change my life. I want to live my life sober,” said Tyson. “I don’t want to die. I’m on the verge of dying because I’m a vicious alcoholic.”