Mike Tyson said he cried for a week in bed because of the physical pain caused by a boxing training video he filmed earlier this year
- A widely-circulated social media video which showed Mike Tyson hitting the pads in style in his mid-50s, left the former fighter in bed for a week.
- On the Joe Rogan Experience podcast last week, Tyson told the host that he could barely move because of all the pain he felt, and was crying behind-the-scenes.
- The training sessions have gotten slightly easier as his body has adjusted to the notion of returning to the ring for an exhibition bout on November 28, Tyson said.
- The former heavyweight world boxing champion takes on fellow all-time great Roy Jones Jr. in Carson, California.
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Mike Tyson cried in bed for an entire week because of the pain he suffered after a light training session for boxing video published earlier this year.
The video, which was widely shared on social media, was the first glimpse into a comeback of sorts for Tyson as the former heavyweight world champion returns to the ring on November 28.
At the Dignity Heath Sports Park in Carson, California, Tyson takes part in a boxing exhibition against fellow all-time great Roy Jones Jr.
Though Tyson appears in great shape for a 54-year-old, he laid bare the realities of returning to a fitness regime after years of hardly any training.
"Do you want to know something about that video? I did that video and I was in bed for a week," Tyson told Joe Rogan on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast Friday.
"That was 30 seconds and I was in bed for a week. It's not funny because it is serious s—. That wasn't really cool. I caught sciatica."
Tyson said he couldn't walk and was crying. "Everything came back, the pain, which made me quit boxing."
Here's one of the videos:
Tyson told Rogan he has been getting used to the arduous training sessions, and is feeling less pain. He said he's, "training every day, except Sunday, [waking up at] 5.30 a.m. as soon as it's daylight to go out for a run."
Then he returns to his house, flies his pigeons, does a machine twist abdominal exercise "200 times, both sides," and then eats.
Tyson said he's been training since March and will be in peak condition by the time the opening bell rings November 28.
"It is fun," he said. "But it's still … apprehensive stuff."
It is a far cry from the last time he appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast in 2019, telling the host that he doesn't work-out anymore because he fears his ego would consume him and lead him somewhere he might not want to go.
Fast forward one year and Tyson is working-out, training for an exhibition against a fellow fighter who knocked out 47 opponents in a professional career which spanned 30 years, and said the Jones Jr. bout could be the first of many.
"I think this is going to be the beginning [of more exhibitions] and whatever happens, happens," he said.
"I don't know what the future holds, but we're doing it for fun."
When Rogan asked whether a win against Jones Jr. could see him pursue an official fight, with the view of challenging for an actual heavyweight championship against the likes of Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua, Tyson dismissed the idea completely, reiterating that his focus is on raising money for charity rather than personal financial gain.
"[I'm] interested in the title of giving," Tyson said. "It feels soul-cleaning. Doing it for myself doesn't do it for me anymore."
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