Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson may soon be facing legal action from promoter, Frank Warren, following his admission to being high on drugs during his fights.
The boxer claims he spent a large chunk of his career addicted to cocaine and marijuana and used a fake penis to fool dope testers.
“I was a full-blown cokehead, says Tyson in his autobiography, ‘The Undisputed Truth’.
Warren says he may take legal action against him after making the confession in his autobiography published in the United States.
The 47-year-old, who claims he first tried cocaine aged 11, admits taking drugs before some of his major fights and to deceiving drug testers by using a ‘whizzer’, a fake penis filled with someone else’s urine to evade detection.
Tyson admitted his $200,000 fine for testing positive for marijuana following his 2000 fight against Andrew Golota in Detroit had been down to him not being able to claim the ‘whizzer’ from a member of his team before the drug test.
The Newyorker confessed to having taken ‘pot’ and ‘blow’ before fighting fellow American Lou Savarese in Glasgow during June 2000, a fight promoted by Warren.
Warren, who also promoted Tyson’s fight with Julius Francis in Mancvhester during January 2000, told Telegraph Sport on Wednesday: “I haven’t seen the book yet, but once I get a copy of it, our solicitors are looking at that, and other things in the book. We will wait and see, but it is obviously very concerning, and if it is the case we’ll be putting that to our lawyers.”
Warren’s solicitors may explore the possibility that Tyson was in breach of his contract for the Savarese and Francis fights.
“British Board of Boxing Control (BBBC) rules prohibit the use of drugs, so that would be a serious breach of the contract,” Warren added, stressing he was “disgusted” if they were true.
Warren and Tyson publicly disagreed over a £426,367 plus interest jewelry writ served to the boxer’s representatives during his January 2000 visit to Britain. Tyson was said to be unhappy at being forced to accept the writ by lawyers for Graff Diamonds, whilst warren was adamant the bill was not his.