Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr has opened up about his relationship with his father, Roy Sr, ahead of his exhibition bout with Mike Tyson, revealing he tried to considered suicide as a young man.
The 51-year-old has held multiple world titles in four separate weight classes in a hall of fame career but had to overcome a difficult upbringing to find success.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Jones Jr said: "Yes it's true. It was because of the pressure from my father
"I thought if I got to take this, I'm gonna be dead, but then I talked to God and and said, 'well, if I'm doing it, because this is how you want me to be, you want me to succeed at something, but it's part of the process then I got to stay and keep up'."
Jones Jr fell out with his father in the 1990s and has not spoken to him since, adding: "There's nothing to speak about. I've come to accept it, it is what it is."
The man known as Captain Hook believes he has become a "killer" and is ready to upset fan favourite Tyson when they fight.
"Nothing wrong with my father's parenting skills, because my father wanted to prepare me to be the best at what I do," he said.
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"And to do that you have to separate parenting from… you had to bring me up as a killer at a certain age. And guess what I'm a killer. Any rivals they got to go.
And when you're doing it, you create a competition, because everything you do is competition.
"'Chances? I don't have chances, I win. I ain't winning, I ain't going in there. What are his chances? I don't have chances, I go for the win.
"You make one mistake, you're out for the night. You still gotta be careful, just because you're speedy and fast, you have to be careful because you can run into something that makes it twice as devastating.
"How can you stop somebody from knocking somebody out. He (Tyson) had an exhibition in 2003, knocked the guy out in the first round.
"So how are you gonna stop him from knocking somebody out? That's all he knows."
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