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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tyson Pessimistic Over Ban, Taking Therapy to Change




NEW YORK -- Mike Tyson believes he will not regain his boxing license, suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission because he bit Evander Holyfield twice during their heavyweight championship fight.


In an interview Monday night on ABC television, Tyson was asked by Alex Wallau whether he thought the commission would reinstate him next year.


"Truly, I think I'll be banned for the rest of my life,'' Tyson said.


"I truly think everyone hates me,'' he added. "I truly believe that. Because no one gets punished more than I am. But I understand. I'm a big boy and I believe big boys have big ordeals to be dealt with.''


Tyson was suspended by the commission following the Holyfield fight last June in Las Vegas. He can request reinstatement after one year.


Tyson said he believed people want him to beg for mercy.


"I'm not that way with anyone,'' he said. "This is who I am and maybe sometimes it's the insecurity. I want to be the defiant person. That's part of my insecurity, but you know, it's just who I am.''


Tyson said he feels "disgust, disdain and humiliation'' when he watches tapes of the Holyfield fight.


"I shouldn't have done that,'' he said of the biting. "It was just striking out and totally hatred right there. I shouldn't have done that because for that one moment, I just forgot he was a human being."


"It's pretty embarrassing,'' he said. "Once the boundaries were crossed, I had no more respect for the rules or principles of rules, and they were just ... open game. I just totally lost it.''


Tyson also commented for the first time since he was hospitalized after sustaining broken ribs and a punctured lung in a motorcycle accident.


"I fell asleep and I was driving all day and for that split second, I woke up and I was on top of my friend,'' he said. "I had to throw the bike down before I ran him over.''


Tyson said he has been in therapy since the Holyfield affair.


"I'm not a stable person. ... I think change is necessary.''