Few athletes have made headlines during their career more than Mike Tyson.

Of course, there have been the good headlines. During his boxing career, which spanned from 1985 to 2005, Tyson won 50 professional fights, while losing only 6. He was the youngest boxer ever to win a heavyweight title belt, and won his first 37 professional fights of his career.

Outside of the ring, however, the headlines have been a bit more erratic, to put it mildly. Tyson has found himself in the tabloid headlines once more this week.

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'Iron Mike' Tyson Makes Headlines with Concerning Comments

Ahead of his return to the Capital Region, boxing legend Mike Tyson made headlines earlier this week for concerning comments made on a podcast, according to a report from The Daily Mail UK and other publications.

The comments came during an episode of his own podcast, Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson. While he said a number of interesting things during this episode, this particular sentence was the one that set off alarm bells for fans:

"...when I look in the mirror, I see those little spots on my face, I say, "Wow. That means my expiration date is coming close, really soon".' - Mike Tyson via Daily Mail UK

Tyson continued by talking about money, and the personal security that people believe you receive when you have a lot of money. Tyson disagreed with this notion, and provided us with another morbid soundbite in the process:

'It doesn't mean you won't catch a disease, or get hit by a car. Can money secure you when you jump off a bridge?" Mike Tyson via Daily Mail UK

Hey Mike...you alright, man?

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Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield II / Getty Images

First and foremost, I genuinely hope that he actually is doing alright. Being "Iron Mike" obviously has its benefits, but it must also be exhausting to be recognized by every single person you see anywhere on the planet. That level of fame and notoriety will undoubtedly take its toll on someone.

You know what else will take its toll on someone? Being punched in the head thousands of times.

It's no secret that being a combat sport athlete is dangerous, and a career in combat sports increases your odds for certain long-term health issues, both physical and mental. It's very possible that issues of a similar nature are impacting Tyson more in recent years.

Either way, I'm just hoping that Mike Tyson happened to be caught on a bad day when he recorded this episode of his podcast, and that he's able to bounce back in time for his return to the Capital Region. After all, Mike Tyson Fight Night is on its way to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center this weekend.

Check out everything you need to know about this weekend's event here!

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