Frank Warren reveals Mike Tyson does NOT figure in his all-time top 10 heavyweight boxers because he was ‘sodding around, drugging it and boozing’ before his prison spell meant he ‘just didn’t last the course’
- Mike Tyson returns to the ring next week to take on Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition
- The ex-undisputed champion remains the youngest heavyweight title winner
- But Frank Warren claims life away from the ring meant he did not last as a boxer
- Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992 and spent three years in jail before release
Frank Warren insists he does not count Mike Tyson among his list of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.
Tyson’s return to the ring is edging ever closer with the former undisputed champion set to take on Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition fight a week on Saturday in California.
The 54-year-old still holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title after defeating Trevor Berbick to claim the WBC belt at the age of just 20, and went on to develop a reputation for explosive knockouts during his professional career.
Frank Warren insists Mike Tyson is not among his list of the greatest heavyweight boxers
Tyson is still boxing’s youngest heavyweight title winner after defeating Trevor Berbick
But promoter Warren insists it is Tyson’s life away from the ring – including spending time in prison for rape in 1992 – that makes him believe ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ should not be discussed in the top 10 of all-time greats.
Warren told talkSPORT: ‘Mike Tyson when he was young and first got into boxing, he was exciting.
‘A bit like Daniel Dubois in some ways, he sort of captured the public’s imagination in devastating style.
‘He won a world title and everybody was talking about him. For me, he was one of the most exciting young heavyweights.
But Tyson was arrested in 1992 and convicted of rape and spent three years in prison
And Warren claims it is his life away from the ring that means he is not among the greatest
‘However, he doesn’t get in my top 10 because he just did not last the course.
‘He was sodding around, drugging it and boozing, went to prison. He just didn’t do it for me.’
‘Iron Mike’ was found guilty of raping 18-year-old Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant, in a hotel room by an Indianapolis jury nearly 30 years ago.
Tyson was sentenced to six years in jail following the conviction, and served three before he was released in 1995.
Tyson is set to return to the ring next week for an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr (above)
Tyson also opened up on other aspects of his sordid past in a frank interview earlier this year
Tyson also opened up on other aspects of his sordid past earlier this year and claimed he had ‘no idea’ he was so sick during his boxing heyday.
‘When I was young I was an animal with money,’ he said during an episode of his popular podcast, Hotboxin’.
‘Giving people money like f*** everybody, party with everybody and f*** their mothers, their sisters and their cousins… orgies. I was crazy.
‘I was so sick and I had no idea I was so sick. I bought a lot of cars for girls too.’
Ahead of his fight with Jones, Tyson recently showed off his incredible body transformation
In his 2013 autobiography, he admitted: ‘I was out of control drinking, gorging on food, f****** women.’
Tyson’s last fight was in 2005 but he is set to return in an eight-round exhibition clash against Jones.
Ahead of the fight, Tyson showed off his incredible body transformation as he looks to get into shape.
The 54-year-old shared a series of photos on Instagram that revealed the results of his training regime.