Mike Tyson in tears during emotional interview: “I hate that guy. I’m scared of him.”

Former world heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson took part in an in-depth, emotional interview that had the star in tears

Men are often taught to bottle up their emotions, not to cry and never show weakness. The image of a strong man is often one who never sheds tears, an image that Mike Tyson recently challenged in an in-depth interview.

Tyson went undefeated for his first 37 fights, winning several titles between 1986 and 1989. For a long time he was the most feared man in boxing, vicious inside the ring and extremely intimidating outside of it. Many looked up to Tyson, but he doesn’t necessarily look back upon his glory days in the best light. During a session of his podcast Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, the boxing star was brought to tears when talking about his past with Sugar Ray Leonard.

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“I’m a fucking student of war,” Tyson said in the podcast. “I know all the warriors. From Charlemagne to Achilles – the number one warrior of all warriors – and then Alexander and Napoleon, I know them all, I read about them all, I studied them all. I know the art of fighting, I know the art of war, that’s all I ever studied.

“That’s why I’m so feared, that’s why they feared me when I was in the ring. I was an annihilator. It’s all I was born for.

“Now those days are gone it’s empty, I’m nothing. I’m working on the art of humbleness… That’s the reason I’m crying because I’m not that person no more, and I miss him.

“Because sometimes I feel like a bitch, because I don’t want that person to come out because if he comes out, hell is coming with him.

“And it’s not funny at all. I sound cool, like I’m a tough guy (but) I hate that guy. I’m scared of him.”

Tyson’s heart to heart talk with Leonard was an eye-opener for many. He had his fair share of controversies during his time in the spotlight, the most damning being a rape conviction that occurred in 1992. It’s been clear that the boxing star battled many demons during his life, and he seems to be acknowledging that. Him saying that he hates and fears his former self is a testament to his personal growth, a personal growth that many would benefit from.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com