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Newgrange
Monday, June 28th, 2004, 07:59 PM
I'm a street bum, says broke Tyson
By Anne Campbell, Metro

Boxing legend Mike Tyson has been sleeping in homeless shelters and living like a 'street bum' since declaring himself bankrupt.


The former heavyweight champion of the world, who once had more than £165million in the bank and regularly earned £5million per fight, also said he has been accepting handouts from drug dealers.

He added: 'For two years I have been a bum, truly a bum in the streets.

'I've got nowhere to live. I've been crashing with friends, literally sleeping in shelters. Unsavoury characters are giving me money and I'm taking it. I need it. The drug dealers, they sympathise with me. They see me as some sort of pathetic character.'

Tyson, who will be 38 on Wednesday, will fight British boxer Danny Williams on July 30 in an attempt to make some money.

But he is so deeply in debt that even the £7.6million to be paid to him by promoter Don King to settle a lawsuit will not lift him out of the red.

He said: 'When I had money I was an animal. I was so belligerent. I lost all across the board. My life has been a total waste.'

Tyson, who served three years in jail for rape in the 1990s and who bit off part of Evander Holyfield's ear during a 1997 fight, still thinks he can be heavyweight champion again.

He added: 'I know I was a tough, bad-ass talking fighter, but I ain't no mob figure. I did my time for the rape. I paid my money to Las Vegas. I paid my dues.

'I ain't the same person I was when I bit that guy's ear off.'

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Newgrange
Monday, June 28th, 2004, 08:36 PM
The former heavyweight champion of the world, who once had more than £165million in the bank
165 million British Pounds equals 300 Million US Dollars

he has been accepting handouts from drug dealers you have to admit, that's pretty funny :D

Nordhammer
Monday, June 28th, 2004, 09:24 PM
"Nigger rich", as they say.

Scoob
Monday, June 28th, 2004, 09:45 PM
I'm a street bum, says broke Tyson Doesn't he mean, "Ah be uh stree' bum"?

Evolved
Monday, June 28th, 2004, 11:31 PM
Money cannot buy intelligence or a sense of priorities.

Strbog
Tuesday, June 29th, 2004, 02:37 AM
Actually, if I may speak for those who have heard him talk, I think his reply would have been something like:

"I am incontrovertibly forced to admit my vicissitudinal life has reached financial f***ed-upness. I feel the irrepressible urge to tear out your children's hearts, drink their blood and stomp on their testicles. That's just the kind of belligerent pugilist I am."

Strbog
Tuesday, June 29th, 2004, 04:16 AM
Some gems from the erstwhile champ:

http://kjkolb.tripod.com/homepage/miketysonquotes.html

The Blond Beast
Tuesday, June 29th, 2004, 05:02 AM
Some gems from the erstwhile champ:

http://kjkolb.tripod.com/homepage/miketysonquotes.html

If it only took one bizarre, succint quote to sum up Iron Mike, I think this would be it:

"All praise is to Allah, I'll fight any man, any animal, if Jesus were here I'd fight him too."

:D

Dr. Solar Wolff
Tuesday, June 29th, 2004, 08:17 AM
Joe Louis had a similar career. He ended up broke and owing taxes to Uncle Saul. He ended his working career as a greeter for a Las Vegas casino. Mike Tyson will end up as a greeter at Wal-Mart.

Scoob
Tuesday, June 29th, 2004, 04:02 PM
Lots of boxers become imbeciles, from having their heads pummeled for a living.

kinvolk
Tuesday, June 29th, 2004, 06:03 PM
Couldnt happen to a nicer guy. Handouts from drug dealers indeed!

The Blond Beast
Tuesday, June 29th, 2004, 09:32 PM
Check this out! :D

Rodskarl Dubhgall
Tuesday, June 29th, 2004, 10:11 PM
He learnt how to de-ear people from the Universal Soldier movie.

Nordhammer
Tuesday, June 29th, 2004, 11:33 PM
Check this out! :D

He wasn't irritated, that's Mike in a good mood. :)

Rodskarl Dubhgall
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, 05:56 AM
I'm surprised that he didn't sue Street Fighter for using his likeness to make M. Bison and Balrog, whose names were switched (along with Vega's) to avoid exactly that. He could collect royalties from every game and film purchase, but that escaped his Negro noggin.