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Mike Tyson tackles Broadway

Friday, August 03, 2012 - 01:00

Aug. 03 - The former boxing champ trades the ring for the stage. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Mike Tyson is delivering an one, two punch on Broadway with his new one-man play, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." The former boxing champ officially opened his show on Thursday (August 2) and called the opening night experience daunting. Famed film director Spike Lee is making his Broadway debut with the production and said working with his friend took their friendship to a new level. "This past 3 weeks have been very intimate, I bet he's learned things about me and I've learned about him that we didn't know. But I just think it's a great story," said Lee. Tyson, who in 1986 became the youngest world heavyweight champion at age 20, touches on everything from his childhood, drug addictions and his storied boxing career. Backstage after the show he said some topics are still difficult to relive. The red carpet was packed with celebrities from the sports world, and longtime Tyson fans. Tyson was undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion in the 1980s but in 1992 he was convicted of raping teenage beauty queen Desiree Washington in Indiana and served three years in prison. He added to his notoriety later in the decade when he bit rival Evander Holyfield on both ears in a 1997 bout, for which he was disqualified and temporarily suspended from boxing. Tyson declared bankruptcy in 2003 and retired from professional boxing in 2006. Since his retirement from boxing, Tyson has appeared in the TV shows "Entourage" and "Brothers" and had a cameo role in the 2009 hit comedy movie "The Hangover." "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" will run for only 12 shows, ending on Sunday, August 12.

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Mike Tyson tackles Broadway

Friday, August 03, 2012 - 01:00