Mike Tyson's now "more interested in talking about Conor McGregor than anything to do with boxing"

John Wertheim interviewed the former heavyweight champion and spoke to Off The Ball

BY Raf Diallo 20:00 Tuesday 20 September 2016, 20:00 20 Sep 2016

Mike Tyson. Picture by: David Davies / PA Wire/Press Association Images

This week, Sports Illustrated have published a long-form interview with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson as he turns 50.

John Wertheim was the journalist who sat down with a controversial figure who, in his own words, admits the kids of today know him more from his cameo in The Hangover movie rather than anything else.

Tonight on Off The Ball, Wertheim spoke to us about what it's like meeting the Tyson of today and how he is distancing himself from his professional past.

"He has two children and he's basically, exactly, the suburban daddy, wears his Dad jeans, takes his kids from tutoring to their tennis lessons. And he still works. He does these one-man shows but clearly being a Dad and being there to help his kids is really a big part of his life," he said, adding that the one-man shows are "brutally honest stuff" and warts and all.

Wertheim continues: "I don't think he's proud of Mike Tyson the fighter. With the interview, we spent a few hours at his house and he was very gracious with his time. And if you wanted to talk about current events or the Olympics or Donald Trump, you name your topic and he would be great - except he wanted nothing to do with boxing.

"He doesn't follow the sport anymore. He wasn't particularly interested in reliving fights. His professional fighting career is of no interest to him. One thing I took away was that all of his bad memories somehow or other were related to boxing whether it was the end when he was losing fights that he never should have taken or whether it was the physical pain he inflicted on someone else or whether it was some of the criminal activity... basically every bad memory he has, came by way of boxing."  

And to emphasise the point, Wertheim added that avowed MMA fan Tyson is now "more interested in talking about Conor McGregor than he is with anything to do with boxing today".


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