Returning boxing champ Mike Tyson had a rough time during his early morning interview with Piers Morgan on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain”. The 54-year-old boxing legend was making an appearance on the show to promote his upcoming boxing battle against Roy Jones Jr. on November 28.
But Tyson was visibly groggy during the bizarre segment, and his presence on the show left many wondering afterward what they had just witnessed.
According to Independent, “The heavyweight legend appeared to be slurring his words and breathing heavily… He could also be seen repeatedly touching his head, closing his eyes and dropping his head.”
Tyson posted about the weird incident via Twitter on Tuesday after numerous concerns about his health and well-being started popping up all over the Internet.
Tyson said, “Hey mate @piersmorgan @GMB @susannareid100 and UK. I tried to stay up late for interview but fell asleep and like a lion I’m hard to wake once asleep. Training hard and going to bed early. I had no monitor so I couldn’t see you guys and forgot to look into camera.”
You can watch the strange “GMB” segment featuring Tyson below.
Tyson and Jones Jr. are scheduled to engage in an eight-round exhibition boxing match on November 28 in Carson, California.
The bout will be streamed live on pay-per-view via Triller in the United States.
Tyson Interested in Facing Today’s Boxing Champions
Last month, Tyson revealed that he might not just be heading back to the boxing ring for one fight. Rather, this could be the start of a full-blown comeback.
In fact, Tyson’s mind-blowing admission was that he could see himself potentially facing either of today’s heavyweight boxing champions (Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua) next assuming the 54-year-old ex-champ Tyson beat Jones Jr. next month as planned.
“If they’re down to do that, then I’m with it, too,” Tyson said.
Viewers Concerned After Tyson’s Interview
But after Tyson’s “GMB” interview, many viewers of the show started wondering if Tyson should be allowed in a boxing ring again at all.
One viewer noted, “@piersmorgan You said nothing about Mike Tyson not being able to string a sentence together why?”
A second viewer stated, “Watching Mike Tyson on GMB, very sad to see him mumbling through the interview. It looks like the punches have caught up with him!”
A third one said, “That interview with Mike Tyson was very concerning! Couldn’t keep his eyes open, slurring his words, not really answering the questions…rubbing his head as if he was confused…Is he fit to fight? Something alarmingly wrong there!!”
Regardless, Tyson explained his side of the story and appears to be readying himself for his big fight next month against Jones Jr.
For at least one of the people who interviewed him, that appears to have been good enough.
Morgan posted, “No problem, Champ. We could see you were a bit weary! It was very late in LA. Appreciate this message as some viewers were concerned.”
Perhaps fittingly, Morgan had replied to a message Tyson had already deleted and resent his tweet due to some small textual errors.
Maybe the champ is still sleepy.
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