It was only two days ago that 47-year-old retired boxer Mike Tyson made his return to the ring as a boxing promoter at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. By all reports, the event, which was broadcast on the ESPN2 channel’s “Friday Night Fights”, was a success and Tyson apparently has some hidden talent now on display.
However, Tyson has also decided it’s time to come clean about his sobriety. When interviewed at the event, he freely confessed that he has been dishonest about his prior drug and alcohol dependency. He only embraced true sobriety six days prior to the event.
What brought about this stunning revelation? Tyson says he no longer wants to live a lie. He admits his past efforts to turn away from substance abuse failed and that he perpetuated a myth that he was sober. He has now been sober for six days and vowed never to turn back. He also says he faces early death from alcohol abuse if he does not remain sober.
As for his longstanding feud with his former trainer, Teddy Atlas, with whom he fell out with in the 1980s, Tyson took responsibility admitting he was at fault and asked for forgiveness. If it indeed takes a big man to admit fault, Tyson was indeed the big man Friday night.
Grading Mike Tyson's Debut as a Boxing Promoter on Friday Night Fights