Mike Tyson reveals why he fell asleep on Piers Morgan: ‘It was just a mess’
It was a helluva knockout.
After years of speculation, boxing icon Mike Tyson has finally revealed the shocking reason why he dozed off during an interview with Piers Morgan — because he was drowsy from painkillers. He dropped the bombshell during a recent appearance on Piers Morgan Uncensored.
“I had hurt myself at that particular time,” Tyson, 56, told the UK broadcaster and New York Post opinion columnist, the Mirror reported.
For the uninitiated, the pharmaceutical TKO had occurred while the undisputed heavyweight champion was speaking to Morgan co-host Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain in 2020. The fighter had been promoting his highly-anticipated exhibition bout against fellow legend Roy Jones Jr that November.
Reid had asked Tyson whether two 50-plus-year-old men should be fighting “without protective headgear,” whereupon Kid Dynamite lowered his head and appeared to briefly zonk out before responding. He had also been altogether incoherent throughout the interview, which left viewers concerned and some speculating that he was high on drugs.
During the recent appearance on Morgan’s show, Iron Mike explained that he was actually drowsy because of painkillers he’d been taking for an injury sustained during training.
“I guess I was training, something happened, I hurt myself and I received some painkillers from my wife and after I received these painkillers, I was just incapable of articulating anything, it was just a mess,” the “Hangover” actor explained.
This prompted Morgan, 57, to joke “people thought I was so boring as an interviewer that I had literally driven you to sleep.”
“I need you to take the wrap for that because I got killed for that, it was like ‘Morgan you’re sending people to sleep, what’s the matter with you?’” the Brit interviewer quipped. “I need you to take the wrap for this one.”
Fortunately, Tyson obliged, bashfully admitting, “It was my fault everybody, it was my fault.”
Thankfully, getting pre-KO’d by painkillers didn’t seem to affect the fighter during the Jones Jr. fight, which was declared a draw after eight hard-fought rounds.
This isn’t the first time fans have feared for the ex-champ’s health. In September, Tyson sparked concerns after he was photographed using a wheelchair at Miami International airport.
However, the fighter has since chalked it up to back problems, explaining: “I have sciatica every now and then, it flares up. When it flares up, I can’t even talk! Thank God it’s the only health problem I have.”