He’s always been controversial, has Mike Tyson. But the legendary boxer took things to a whole new level recently when he admitted to cheating in his pre-match boxing tests.
Iron Mike (54) says he used a prosthetic penis – which he dubbed the Whizzinator – to get around drug screens before stepping out into the ring. The pee he used, he adds, belonged to his baby – and if you think he’s remorseful about this act of duplicity, you can think again.
“It was awesome, man,” Mike recently told Jeff Novitzky, vice-president of athlete health and performance for the Ultimate Fighting Championship on his podcast, Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson. “I put my baby’s urine in it!”
He preferred to use his baby’s urine over his wife’s in case she was expecting.
“One time I was using my wife's and my wife was like, ‘Baby, you better hope it doesn’t come back pregnant or something’.”
Jeff, who oversees the drug-testing programme at the UFC, has experience of this.
“A male provided a urine sample, and it came back and they said ‘Sir, you’re pregnant. Either you’re pregnant or this is somebody else’s urine’,” he said.
“That’s what I was afraid of,” said Mike, who previously denied using performance-enhancing drugs.
During a routine drug test, athletes have to relieve themselves in front of an official. This sparked Jeff to ask the father-of-seven if his Whizzinator matched his complexion.
“Yeah, hell yeah, I had a brown one,” Mike replied.
The boxer, who is currently married to Lakiha Spicer, didn’t mention which of his children or spouses took part in the illegal activity. He was married to Robin Givens between 1988 and 1989 and to Monica Turner from 1997 to 2003 before marrying Lakiha in 2009.
Mike’s kids are Mikey Lorna (30), Rayna (24), Amir (23), Miguel Leon (18), Milan (12) and Morocco (9). Daughter Exodus died tragically in 2009 at the age of four after accidentally strangling on a treadmill cord.
Watch the startling confession here:
Mike, the former WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion, recently announced he’s coming out of retirement to fight 51-year-old American boxer Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition match for his Legends Only League on 28 November.
“It's just going to be amazing,” says Mike, who was last in the ring 15 years ago. And it may not be his last match either. “I don’t know. I might do this for a while. Let’s check this stuff out.
"It would be so awesome if we could do this all around the world and fight the best fighter in that country, exhibitions with this guy in that country, exhibitions all over the world. Wouldn't that be great?”
As this is an exhibition match, perhaps he can leave the Whizzinator at home.