Mike Tyson on cover of Rolling Out magazine

Rolling Out Magazine

Mike Tyson is the new cover story for Rolling Out magazine, discussing his criminal past, his new stage show, and going vegan.

On hardships before boxing:
"All of my friends were animals. We would rob guys. I grew up in a dysfunctional situation where drugs and violence were normal. I would've been a drug dealer. When I was starting my pro career and only making like $500 per fight, I used to always hook my boys up with money for crack to sell. But my whole life changed when they killed my friend over a drug deal gone bad. From then on, I never went back to hustling and I stayed focused on boxing."

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The allure of Money and Sex:
"When I was younger, all I thought about was fame, fortune, girls, sex and drugs," Tyson says. "When my career was over, I left a massive wreckage in my past. I realized I won a lot of superficial victories such as sex and money. I'm now trying to make amends. I love moral victories more. And that's real love when you care more about morals than anything else."

On Learning from Mistakes:
I'm glad I went through those experiences because I survived them and I look at where I'm at now. Nothing's perfect in life and I love who I am and who I'm becoming. I'm establishing a relationship with my wife and staying committed. I'm really enjoying this stage in my life."

For more, go to RollingOut.com.

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