The legendary Mike Tyson gave an interesting interview to The Sportsman in which he talked about life and death also. Tyson underwent a major personality change since his last fight in 2005. Over the years, he has calmed down, viewed the world differently, and played an important role in his life in his religion, his attention to people. Maybe his open-minded admiration for marijuana also plays a big part and an eventful life.
After a difficult childhood he was already a heavyweight world champion at the age of 20 and then the undisputed heavyweight champion the following year. Success came very quickly, there was no one to stop him until the 1990 fight against James Douglas, when he suffered his first defeat and lost his world titles. Soon afterwards, he came to prison, but his personal problems and feud kept him on track throughout his career. Suddenly a millionaire became impoverished and in debt. His life was a real roller coaster.
Boxing is a tough sport where, unfortunately, there can sometimes be serious, fatal injuries, if anyone, Mike Tyson was even more likely. His opponents were in grave danger because Tyson, like a bull, went forward into the ring and spared no one, and even he has a huge power punch. This is a part of the sport to keep in mind because you never know in advance what will happen in the ring. You are just as in danger as you and your opponent.
“I knew there was a possibility that I could die during training, during a fight. I knew that. But I wasn’t scared, because I thought if anybody was going to die, I would do the killing. That self-confidence was a survival mechanism. But now, from my experience, from what I believe, the more I know about not existing, the more willing I am to die.” – Tyson said.
Death is also a part of life that is more easily accepted by someone, more difficult for someone. When asked by Tysont whether he was afraid of death or waiting for death, Tysont replied:
“Our life prepares us for our death. We still don’t know sh*t about it, but when we get to a certain age, we’re not scared of dying no more, like it was when we were young. … Yeah. I don’t fear it. Living might be more complicated than dying to me. The belief of it. I don’t know if it’s true. Because living takes a lot of courage. Without the courage, you can’t handle living. Living is a journey; living is a struggle. People have everything and they still can’t do it, they struggle. We take ourselves too seriously. We think we’re somebody. Who the fu*k? We’re nothing! We come from sh*t; we think we’re special! Fame is sh*t.”
Like many athletes, Tyson felt his life empty after finishing his active career. It is not an easy thing to process that your life will change in an instant. Sport is not necessarily the focus anymore, you only train for yourself if you train. Not to get ready for a fight, will lose your motivation. Transitioning from an active career to a “retired” life causes many athletes difficulties and fractures.
Today, he is a successful businessman, giving one-on-one performances, occasionally acting, and having a huge ranch where he legally produces marijuana, which has proven to be a very good deal and a he has a loving family.