Mike Tyson discusses career, life in one-man show
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Mike Tyson will take on his boxing career and his time behind bars in front of a South Florida audience this week.
At one time, Mike Tyson was the most feared fighter in the world. He was the baddest man on the planet. Tyson would say he wanted his opponent to leave the ring in a body bag. "That's what the guys wanted to hear back then. That's what everyone wanted to hear," said Tyson. "That's what they paid for back then. They're not gonna pay to see that stuff now."
Tyson has traded unloading knockout punches to delivering his life story on stage. For 90 minutes, South Florida audiences will be able to hear about Tyson's rise to the top, his cocaine downfall and about his life at the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center on Wednesday.
At age 20, Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion ever. "I don't tell anyone secrets. What I'm talking about everyone knows and have experienced it with me," said Tyson.
Reporter: "Is it easy to act like Mike Tyson than to be Mike Tyson?"
Tyson: "Absolutely. If I'm on the stage I can be too emotional because if this was just me, on stage talking about my life to people and strangers it wouldn't turn out well, and it gets too emotional, and I start feeling sorry for myself."
Reporter showing fight poster: "This is you, which is always that look that you had. But that look is gone, and people are wondering whatever happened to that."
Tyson: "I don't know. That was a long time ago. That's 1990. You can't be that person everyday in your life, times have changed."
Fans who came to the show saw a side of Tyson they never knew existed. "It gives you hope that anyone can change, really," said a Tyson fan. "People can come from that kind of circumstances where he really had no chance whatsoever, so that's what he became because that was the option he had."
South Florida was just one of many stops of Tyson's one-man show. After the shows are done, Tyson said, he will return to what he does best, being a good father and a good husband.
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