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Mike Tyson opens up on ‘wild journey’ and admits to early boxing struggles

Mike Tyson is the youngest world heavyweight champion in boxing history – though he admits he struggled with mental health problems during his early success

Many will remember boxing legend Mike Tyson as a record-breaking fighter who achieved so much at a such a young age.

The Iron became a world champion when he was just 20 after he beat Trevor Berbick, going on to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

However, Tyson ended up in a prison cell by the time he was 28 after he was convicted of rape.

And he admits to struggling with mental health issues as a successful young fighter who was unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight.

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Tyson told said on his podcast, Hotboxin’: “It’s such a wild journey! I think about when I was a fighter, and how it’s such a wild journey fighting with yourself.

“You know, you’re wondering ‘I don’t want this guy to take my place’. Always wondering, you could hurt yourself.

“If I get a cut… I hope my career’s not over before it even starts.

“There’s a lot of things, there’s a lot of motivating factors when you’re young.

“When I was a young kid and I was fighting, you know everything was so intense.

“But in the end it’s just an illusion.

“It didn’t really matter. It never really existed.”

Tyson returned to the ring following his release from prison in 1995, and went on to win the WBC title against British boxer Frank Bruno in 1996.

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