Mike Tyson opens up about his health issues: “When it flares up, I can’t even talk!”
Boxing legend Mike Tyson is suffering from health problems that has made his fans worried, especially after the 56-year-old last month said that he felt death closing in on him.
“We’re all gonna die one day, of course,” Tyson said in a conversation with therapist Sean McFarland. “When I look in the mirror, I see those little spots on my face, I say, ‘Wow. That means my expiration date is coming close, really soon.’”
Speculations grew when “Iron” Mike was seen looking frail in a wheelchair in Miami International Airport. The picture from the airport quickly spread on social media and when Tyson went on Newsmax TV, he explained the reason why he had to use a wheelchair and the health issues he has been dealing with.
“I have sciatica every now and then, it flares up. When it flares up, I can’t even talk!”
Sciatica is pain or discomfort in the legs stemming from the sciatic nerve. People with sciatica often feel shooting pain in their legs and it is a relatively common condition, especially in ages 40-60 years. Sometimes the pain gets better on its own, but sometimes treatment is necessary. Tyson told Newsmax TV that he is “blessed” to only be dealing with sciatica at his age.
“Thank God it’s the only health problem I have. I’m splendid now. Everybody in my life is truly blessed and we’re all very grateful for whatever we have.”
Tyson retired from professional boxing after a tough loss to Kevin McBride in June 2005. “Iron” Mike would however make a long-awaited comeback when he participated in an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. in November 2020. Since then, there has been talk of additional fights for Tyson, but despite receiving several lucrative offers from the likes of Jake Paul, the boxing legend has turned it down all offers and feels done with the sport he once dominated.
“Guys want to fight me for 100 million bucks,” Mike Tyson said. “I don’t think I’ll ever do stuff like that anymore. I wanted to do it the first time, just for fun to have fun. Then some people took it to another level and made it financial, and then the fun went out of it.”
Even though Tyson retired from boxing, he continues to be an ambassador of the sport. But Tyson revealed he actually watches other sports more than boxing nowadays.
“I watch tennis more than I watch boxing. Tennis and golf. I thought tennis was a horrible sport until I watched it live and it’s an incredible sport,” Tyson said.
“Oh, I have sciatica every now and then, it flares up. When it flares up, I can’t even talk!” / Mike Tyson😰 pic.twitter.com/oJlCLzBhum
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