Mike Tyson has slammed the current generation of boxers for not having the hunger to become world champions.
Tyson, who became the youngest ever heavyweight world champion at the age of 20, claims he was prepared to die in pursuit of his goal.
But he believes that same desire is not in evidence today.
‘I don’t think people are made out of what they used to be made out of,’ Tyson told talkSPORT. ‘When I was poor, when I was a young kid, I didn’t have any television.
‘You see people now who are broke on the welfare system, they have a television, they may even have a car and 30 years ago that was totally impossible.
‘They are not hungry. They are not willing to even attempt to die to accomplish their goals. We are in the era of entitlement. There is no desire to accomplish great things. When I was fighting, I was prepared to die to become champion.’
Tyson also revealed he will not fight against the decision to deny him entry to the UK, apparently cancelling planned appearances on stage next year.
The 47-year-old had been due in London this week to promote his new autobiography, but his publishers said he had instead gone to Paris as a recent change to UK immigration laws relating to those previously sentenced to more than four years in prison barred him from entering the country.
Tyson was convicted of the rape of a teenage beauty queen in 1992 and served three years of a six-year sentence. He also has convictions for assault, cocaine possession and driving under the influence.
He is currently booked in for a British tour for his one-man Broadway show, directed by Spike Lee, which is booked for eight nights in March next year in London, Glasgow and Manchester.
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However, there seems little prospect of those dates going ahead after Tyson told BBC Sport he would not contest the decision.
‘Hey, listen, if that’s what they want I’m not going to fight their laws,’ he said.
‘I’m not going to fight no law. If that’s what they established then I won’t go there any more.’