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Mike Tyson sparks health concerns with slurring during 'Good Morning Britain' appearance

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·3-min read

Watch: Mike Tyson’s uncomfortable appearance on GMB

Mike Tyson has sparked concerns for his health after giving a live interview on Good Morning Britain during which he slurred his words and appeared exhausted.

The 54-year-old sportsman recently announced his return to the boxing ring with plans to fight Roy Jones Jr in his first match for 15 years.

Tyson appeared via video link on the ITV breakfast show from Los Angeles to answer questions about his planned comeback and seemed to be struggling to keep awake, closing his eyes during the interview, and at one point sitting slumped forwards in his seat.

Mike Tyson struggled to keep his eyes open during the interview. (ITV)
Mike Tyson struggled to keep his eyes open during the interview. (ITV)

Piers Morgan asked the boxer why he wanted to take part in the fight.

Tyson slurred his words as he replied: "I just want to do this, I plan on doing this for a charity exponent and I think I am capable of doing that, and that's what I want to do.”

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Asked if he still felt he was up to the same level of fitness as he was 15 years ago, Tyson said: "Pretty much, I am just ready to do this, I feel really good, I am ready to do this."

The proposed fight against 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr was originally scheduled for 12 September and has already been postponed until 28 November.

At one point Tyson sat slumped forwards in his seat. (ITV)
At one point Tyson sat slumped forwards in his seat. (ITV)

Susanna Reid asked: "As two men rapidly approaching the age of 50, I would never cast dispersions on someone's age, but there have been concerns as you are two men in your 50s fighting each other without protective headgear, what do you think about those concerns?"

Tyson replied "I think it's very wonderful that we are fighting together, it's a fight we should have had sooner, but unfortunately we are having it now, and that's going to be awesome."

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - MARCH 06: Mike Tyson performs his one man show "Undisputed Truth" in the Music Box at the Borgata on March 6, 2020 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
Mike Tyson performing his one man show on stage in March 2020. (Getty Images)

Some Twitter users expressed concern for Tyson’s health after watching the interview, while others claimed he must have been tired after staying up late to do the interview.

One Twitter user, RMofFens, tweeted: “@GMB what's on earth is up with Mike Tyson? How is he going to fight, if he can hardly speak?”

Nush wrote on Twitter: “Mike Tyson seems like he's slurring when he's talking and wants to fall asleep.”

David McConaghie said: “I think #miketyson is half asleep.”

And Brock commented: “Very concerning , is Mike Tyson up to fighting. His speech was slurred, and it was a difficult interview.”

Piers Morgan and Good Morning Britain’s official Twitter account have not commented on the interview.

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The time difference in Los Angeles meant that it was after 10pm for Tyson.

Tyson hasn’t fought since losing to Kevin McBride in June 2005.

He is a registered sex offender in the US after being convicted of rape in 1992 and serving three years in prison.

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