I was on verge of dy­ing, says Tyson

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AGEN­CIES

For­mer heavy­weight boxing cham­pion Mike Tyson has claimed he is on the verge of dy­ing from on­go­ing drug and al­co­hol prob­lems. “I wanna live my sober life. I don’t wanna die. I’m on the verge of dy­ing, be­cause I’m a vi­cious al­co­holic.” Tyson said on ESPN’s Fri­day Night Fights. Tyson, now a pro­moter, told a news con­fer­ence, “I’m a bad guy some­times. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be for­given.

“So in or­der for me to be for­given, I hope they can for­give me. I wanna change my life, I wanna live a dif­fer­ent life now,” the for­mer cham­pion said.

Tyson ad­mit­ted to be­ing a con­tin­ual sub­stance abuser but was hope­ful he was fi­nally be­com­ing clean.

“I haven’t drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that’s a mir­a­cle,” he said.

“I’ve been ly­ing to ev­ery­body else that think I was sober, but I’m not. This is my sixth day. I’m never gonna use again.”

Wed­ding sur­prise

An up­state New York wed­ding went an ex­tra round when boxing great Tyson just hap­pened to stum­ble upon the wed­ding party pos­ing for pic­tures.

The Ob­server-Dis­patch of Utica re­ported (http:// bit.ly/157FrRf ) on Satur­day the Brook­lyn- born boxer was cross­ing the lawn of the Turn­ing Stone Re­sort Casino in Verona, New York, as Greg and Am­ber Keller snapped pho­tos with their brides­maids and grooms­men on Fri­day evening.

Greg Keller says Tyson posed for pho­to­graphs, con­grat­u­lated the happy bride and groom on their union and was “ex­tremely nice”.

Tyson, a Hall of Famer, was in Verona for his first pro­mo­tional fight card fea­tur­ing box­ers from his newly cre­ated “Iron Mike Pro­duc­tions.”

The newly-mar­ried man says Tyson’s sur­prise cameo en­er­gized the evening’s cel­e­bra­tions.

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