Mike Tyson cries, says he's 'empty' and feels like 'nothing' after retiring from boxing

Mike Tyson was moved to tears as he reflected on his boxing past and lamented that “those days are gone.”

The iconic fighter said he feels “empty" in retirement during an emotional conversation with fellow boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard on a recent episode of the “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson” podcast.

“That’s the reason why I’m crying, 'cause I’m not that person no more," Tyson said. "And I miss him.”

Tyson, 53, was effusive of Leonard, whom he watching growing up, and commended him for his hard-hitting fighting style, before speaking about his own career.

“I know the art of fighting," Tyson said. "I know the art of war. That’s all I’ve ever studied. That’s why I’m so feared. That’s why they feared me when I was in the ring. I was an annihilator. That’s all I was born for. Now those days are gone. It’s empty. I’m nothing.”

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Pallbearer Mike Tyson leaves the funeral home to attend Muhammad Ali's memorial in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Clevenger/POOL
Boxing - Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand v John Riel Casimero of Philippines - IBF flyweight title - Diamond Stadium, Beijing, China - 25/5/16. Former boxer Mike Tyson before IBF flyweight title fight between Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand and John Riel Casimero of Philippines. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 06: Comedian/actor Jon Lovitz (L) and former boxer Mike Tyson arrive at the kickoff of Lovitz's 20-show residency 'Reunited' with Dana Carvey at The Foundry at SLS Las Vegas on January 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for SLS Las Vegas)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Mike Tyson attends AFM'16 The Exchange's 5 Year Anniversary Celebration on November 1, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for The Exchange)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Mike Tyson attends the Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors at Taglyan Complex on October 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Associated Television International)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Mike Tyson during the Bitcoin Direct announcement of the first Tyson Bitcoin ATM at Off The Strip at The LINQ on September 24, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Bitcoin Direct)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Mike Tyson is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on March 04, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE: Jean Claude Jitrois (L), Mike Tyson (2nd R) and guests attend a Venus De La Mode Party at Les Bains Douches in 1987 in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 20: Mike Tyson (L) and Mario Lopez visit 'Extra' at The Grove on August 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Actor Matthew Morrison (L) and Mike Tyson attend The 67th Annual Tony Awards backstage at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Former boxer/actor Mike Tyson and Lakiha Spicer attend The 67th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 25: (R-L) Former professional boxer Mike Tyson congratulates Glover Teixeira in his victory over James Te-Huna in their light heavyweight bout during UFC 160 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 25, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 02: Mike Tyson and Director Spike Lee pose backstage at the Broadway opening night for 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth' at the Longacre Theatre on August 2, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
US fighting legend Mike Tyson (C) poses with veteran boxer Sugar Ray Leonard (L) and CNN television presenter Piers Morgan (R) before the start of Tyson's one-man show called 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Live on Stage', in the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 14, 2012. Tyson has swapped the boxing ring for the cabaret stage, in a new one-man show which pulls few punches in recounting the ups and downs of his roller-coaster life. AFP PHOTO / John Gurzinski (Photo credit should read JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Former boxer Mike Tyson attends the Tyson Photocall at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival on May 17 , 2008 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis (R) of England lands an right upper-cut against challenger Mike Tyson (L) of the US during their World Heavyweight Championship fight 08 June 2002 at The Pyramid in Memphis, TN. Lewis won by knockout in the eighth round. AFP PHOTO/Paul BUCK (Photo credit should read PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)
Challenger Mike Tyson of the US bleeds around the right eye from a punch from heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis during their World Heavyweight Championship fight 08 June 2002 at The Pyramid in Memphis, TN. Lewis won by knockout in the eighth round. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
Challenger Mike Tyson (L) of the US swings at Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis of England during the 1st round of their World Heavyweight Championship bout 08 June 2002, at The Pyramid in Memphis, TN. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JULY 26: (L-R) Donald Trump, Mike Tyson and Fred Trump attend Mike Tyson Press Conference on July 26, 1988 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - JULY 15: Mike Tyson and Robin Givens attend the performance of 'Speed the Plow' on July 15, 1988 at the Royale Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
(Original Caption) 6/27/1988-Atlantic City, NJ- Unquestionably the heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson shows off his 3 championship belts- the WBC, WBA, and IBF -after knocking out Michael Spinks in the first round 6/27 of their title bout.
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The Brooklyn-born boxer — an ex-Heavyweight champion — was nicknamed Iron Mike during his fighting days and was known for his powerful punches and intimidating persona. He infamously bit Evander Holyfield’s ear during a heavyweight title fight, disqualifying him.

Tyson told Leonard, 63, that he’s currently working on humbleness.

“Sometimes I feel like a b---h, because I don’t want that person to come out," Tyson said. " 'Cause if he comes out, hell is coming with him, and it’s not funny at all. It’s not cool, like, I’m a tough guy. It’s just that I hate that guy. I’m scared of him.”

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