When Mike Tyson defeated Trevor Berbick for the world heavyweight championship in 1986, at just twenty years of age, he became the youngest heavyweight boxing champ in history. Tyson went on to win nine fights in a row after obtaining the heavyweight crown until eventually being knocked out by Buster Douglas. Tyson’s career ended for good in 2005 after he suffered a technical knockout loss to the 6’6 Irishman Kevin McBride. In his recently published book called Undisputed Truth, the former boxing star admits to have been high on drugs for many of his major professional fights.
The book is a candid account on Tyson’s alcohol and cocaine addiction, and how he even abused substances moments before stepping into the boxing ring. You might be wondering how he managed to pass drug tests if he was always high? The boxing legend answered that question in his book as well.
“I had to use my whizzer, which was a fake penis where you put in someone’s clean urine to pass your drug test.”
Tyson shockingly talks about how he first tried cocaine when he was just a small boy at just eleven years old, and drinking alcohol as a baby growing up in New York.
“I was a full-blown cokehead,” Tyson wrote.
He also wrote about his rape conviction by Desiree Washington, his brawl with Lennox Lewis at a televised press conference, which he admits to have been high on cocaine at the time, and many more turbulent incidents in his life.
Today, Tyson is a changed man. He’s a vegan, remarried, and maintains a sober lifestyle.