Mike Tyson has declared to the world that he is on the verge of dying after ‘vicious’ alcohol and drug abuse.
The former heavyweight champion has been a long term sufferer of the addiction after a string of rehab appearances but declares that he is on the road to recovery.
Tyson, 47, said on ESPN’S ‘Friday Night Fights’: “I don't want to die. I’m on the verge of dying, because I’m a vicious alcoholic.
“I'm a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven... I want to change my life, I want to live a different life now. I want to live my sober life.”
Tyson broke the record, which he still holds, as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at the age of 20 and went on to defend his title nine times.
But the charismatic former champion has been involved in a string of controversy which included being sentenced to six years for rape and biting off the ear of Evander Holyfield in a title fight.
In 2012, Tyson revealed that he had been clean for three years but later revealed that he had lied and now, six days after touching his last drop, wants to become a better man.
“I've been lying to everybody else that thinks I was sober, but I'm not.” He admitted.
“This is my sixth day. I'm never going to use again.”