Has Evander Holyfield used steroids
Has Mike Tyson ever used steroids in his boxing career?
Mike Tyson is probably one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time and he has the résumé to prove it. Although he hasn't beaten that many big-name boxers, he demonstrated a terrifying ability to take out his opponents quickly and effortlessly. Even so, because of its scary power, many people speculate that Mike Tyson used steroids. Here's a look at how true that claim is.
What Mike Tyson said
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‘Iron Mike’ had a notoriously insane life and made a lot of bad decisions in his day. While some of his actions can be explained by his upbringing or state of mind, he undoubtedly used drugs in his day.
Whether it was drugs for parties or just drugs for fun, the former champ has definitely used a wide range of recreational drugs like cocaine and, of course, weeds.
According to The Guardian, he not only admits using these drugs, but also using those drugs before getting in the ring and fighting. Recreational drugs are not allowed in boxing, but Tyson used a clever tactic to circumvent these rules.
The Guardian said he had a fake penis full of drug-free urine that his team would bring with them. When it was time for a drug test, Tyson peed out of that fake penis.
Tyson even said he once failed a drug test because he didn't have that tool on hand. That said, this tool could have been useful for other things as well.
What Evander Holyfield said
Boxing Scene reported that Evander Holyfield was approached in 1988 by an unnamed person who offered him steroids. Holyfield turned the offer down, but that person tried to convince him by saying that since Tyson used steroids, he should use them too.
Holyfield then made it clear that he was not accusing Tyson of using steroids but repeating what he was told by this unnamed person.
If what Holyfield said is true, then Iron Mike may have used steroids in his career. In fact, that fake penis Tyson used to protect himself from testing positive for recreational drugs would also be useful for avoiding steroid testing.
Unlike weed, which Tyson tested positive for, Iron Mike never failed a drug test for steroids. And even now, when he's older and wiser, he still claims that he has never used steroids before.
Has Mike Tyson ever used steroids?
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The main reason Holyfield brought up Tyson was most likely to divert attention since he was in the middle of a steroid scandal, according to the boxing scene. Holyfield was one of the many athletes whose name has been linked to a clinic that distributed steroids and this has tarnished its reputation. By diverting attention to Tyson, Holyfield could help maintain its reputation.
But contrary to Holyfield said, there is no concrete evidence that Tyson ever took steroids. The most tell-tale sign of steroid use is increased muscle mass, but not everyone with a ripped body has used performance enhancing drugs. Some people are naturally gifted with strong muscles, and it's hard to tell who cheated for them and who worked hard for them.
In addition, many performance-enhancing drugs do not affect muscle size. Some performance-enhancing drugs can make weight loss easier or improve the heart.
Tyson fought heavyweight so he didn't have to lose weight at all. Tyson's cardio can also be explained by a lifetime of intense exercise, as he did 2,500 sit-ups a day. Until Tyson tests positive, the safest thing to say is that he is clean.
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