Mike Tyson Reveals His Struggle with Sciatica; ‘When It Flairs Up, I Can’t Even Talk’

The boxing legend spoke with Newsmax TV about his battle with sciatic after images of him in a wheelchair at a Miami, FL airport popped up online

Mike Tyson
Courtesy of Newsmax TV on YouTube

Fans shared their concern after heavyweight boxing GOAT ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson was spotted in a wheelchair while going through a Miami, Florida airport recently.

Two years removed from an exhibition bout with fellow boxing icon Roy Jones Jr, Tyson revealed that he is suffering from sciatica during an interview with Newsmax TV‘s Greta Van Susteren. 

“When it flairs up, I can’t even talk,” said Tyson.

According to mayoclinic.org, sciatica refers to pain that travels along the path of the sciatic nearve. The sciatic nerve travels from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down each leg. Sciatica most often occurs when a herniated disk or an overgrowth of bone puts pressure on part of the nerve.

During the interview, Tyson revealed that he has since recovered and is feeling well.

“Thank God it’s the only health problem I have. I’m splendid now. Everybody in my house is truly blessed and we’re all very grateful for what we have,” Tyson added.

Mike Tyson Believes He is Nearing the End of his Life

During his interview with Newsmax TV, Tyson discussed his own mortally and suggested that his own “expiration date” is coming sooner rather than later.

“Then I look in the mirror and I see those little spots on my face and I go ‘wow, my expiration date is coming close, really soon, what do you do with that, how do you think about that death thing?”

During his career which spanned two decades, Mike Tyson holds the distinction of being the first heavyweight world champion to simultaneously carry the WBA, WBC, and IBF championships. ‘Iron’ Mike still holds the record for being the youngest heavyweight world champion in boxing history, capturing his first title at just 20 years old. Officially retiring in 2005, Tyson finished with a record of 50-6 with two no-contests. 

 

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