By Jeff Powell For Mailonline
Published: 19:21 GMT, 29 October 2020 | Updated: 19:22 GMT, 29 October 2020
Mike Tyson had to overcome the terror of getting back in the ring after his abject last fight 15 years ago before he agreed to next month’s return of the fifty-somethings against Roy Jones Jr.
Nothing less than the fear of God has played into his decision to take the plunge.
‘I was a ghost of myself in Washington back then,’ says Iron Mike about the sad night when he declined to rise from his stool for the seventh round against journeyman Irish heavyweight Kevin McBride.
Mike Tyson claimed he had to overcome the terror of getting back into the ring 15 years ago
Tyson (right)'s last fight saw him lose to Kevin McBridge (left) in a 2005 clash in Washington
‘I just didn’t want to fight any more. After that I never wanted to come back. There’s been offers but I was nervous of doing it.’
Now, as a long-time Moslem convert, he says: ‘God has always been the only being I’ve feared and I’ve got to meet him eventually.
‘After everything in my life there’s a lot of things I need to do be right before that day comes and this fight is one of them. I’m ready to do this now.’
Tyson references the large charity donation he will make