Mike Tyson Returns To Boxing After 'Changing Life' On Plant-Based Diet

'I lost weight. I dropped over 100lbs and I just felt like changing my life, doing something different and I became a vegan'
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Tyson will fight against Roy Jones on September 12 (Photo: Instagram)

Tyson will fight against Roy Jones on September 12 (Photo: Instagram)

Former professional boxer and heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has announced his return to the ring.

Tyson, who has spoken publicly on how going vegan gave him an 'opportunity to live a healthy life', is set to fight against Roy Jones in LA on September 12.

The California State Athletic Commission told Sky Sports: "In this match, the referee will have the authority to stop the fight if it strays outside the boundaries of a competitive boxing exhibition.

"Mr. Tyson and Mr. Jones Jr will have to submit all CSAC medical tests for fighters over 40 as well as CSAC's emergency regulations that have been put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19."

'My life is different now'

Back in 2013, the boxer told Oprah Winfrey how a plant-based diet had helped turn his life around - after he 'hit rock bottom' in 2009.

He said: "My life is different today because I have stability in my life. I'm not on drugs. I'm not out on the streets or in clubs and everything in my life that I do now is structured around the development of my life and my family.

"I lost weight. I dropped over 100lbs and I just felt like changing my life, doing something different and I became a vegan.

"Becoming a vegan gave me another opportunity to live a healthy life. I was so congested from all the drugs and bad cocaine, I could hardly breathe. High blood pressure, almost dying, arthritis, and once I became a vegan all that stuff diminished."

'I don't eat anything that has a mother'

In 2019, the Daily Star wrote of the fighter: "In a recent interview with QC Sports, Tyson said of his diet 'I don’t eat anything that has a mother and father.

"If you were created through a mother and father, through any kind of intercourse, I won’t eat you. So that means I only eat vegetables and stuff."

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