Mike Tyson recalls ‘almost killing himself’ as he battled his addiction to fame

Mike Tyson admits the camera is 'the biggest narcotic in the world' as he recalls battling suicidal thoughts after his meteoric rise in boxing.

Iron Mike burst onto the sporting scene in the 80's, becoming the youngest world champion ever at the age of 20 when he beat Trevor Berbick.

But Tyson has struggled with drug battles and criminality over the years, fighting a cocaine addiction until 2019.

And the boxing legend admits there is also a danger with being too egotistical and fame-hungry.

“I think the biggest narcotic in the world is just this camera, I think that beats sugar," Tyson said on his Hotboxin' podcast.

"Yeah, great, smart people just couldn't stop loving themselves too much."

Tyson now lives on the straight and narrow and recently returned to boxing by fighting Roy Jones Jr in November last year.

But the boxing superstar admits his years of fighting his demons while in the limelight of the press took its toll on him as battled suicidal thoughts.

"This is a drug, man. I got so caught up with this stuff – almost killed myself," he added.

"Thinking I was somebody really special. You know, really, really, thinking I'm really special.

"I had to have – what's that s*** called? Preferential treatment. I was thinking I had to do that stuff."

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