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Mike Tyson

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mike Tyson, philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon, and onetime heavyweight champion of the world, talks about his life in and out of the ring. Bullied as a boy in the poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most ferocious boxers of all time—and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior. He tells his story in his memoir Undisputed Truth, which chronicles his tumultuous highs and lows.

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Mike Tyson

Comments [14]

bob wade from New jersey

Leonard should refrain from asking Tyson or anyone if they are in AA. That's the reason we call it "alcoholics anonymous"....especially at the level of press, radio, and film...as stated in the Traditions.

Enjoyed the interview and wish Mike all the best going forward.

Nov. 12 2013 10:12 PM
Joe Schmoe

[[illfg philosopher?????
Nov. 12 2013 12:35 PM]]

...also,

"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."

- Mike Tyson

Nov. 12 2013 08:37 PM
Joe Schmoe

[[illfg philosopher????? Nov. 12 2013 12:35 PM]]

Sure. Why not? He mangles some words and loses his train of thought now and then (consider, a late start on his education and thousands of punches to the head), and he's obviously get severe mental trauma due to feelings of abandonment and he's done some horrific things in life. But he's extremely knowledgeable about boxing and also has got some very keen insights into life.

Nov. 12 2013 08:23 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Bob from Pelham

Because I believe him, not his female accusers. I too was the victim of female liars. I trust his word over theirs.

Nov. 12 2013 03:14 PM
Bob from Pelham, NY

Hey, jgarbuz, since when does being a convicted but unrepentant rapist ("Dunno why she accused me; must have been looking for money") and wife-beater fit within the definition of "mensch"?

Nov. 12 2013 02:31 PM
Fred from Queens

Please, he gets more time than it's worth. Simon Winchester is far more interesting!

Nov. 12 2013 01:57 PM

This was surprisingly interesting.

Nov. 12 2013 01:57 PM
Tony from Canarsie

A veritable TMI TKO.

Nov. 12 2013 01:55 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Hey, Mike, I grew up in the Van Dyke Projects, the only white Jewish kid who did, and we had a little mom and pop basement store on Belmont Avenue! I never got arrested but I did get a few beatings before age 13. No problem. All water undder the bridge. I bet you might have even shopped with us, or maybe even stolen a few items from our stand out in the front. But God bless you Mike for coming around and becoming a "mentsch." I wish you all the best.

Nov. 12 2013 01:53 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Hey, Mike, I grew up in the Van Dyke Projects, the only white Jewish kid who did, and we had a little mom and pop basement store on Belmont Avenue! I never got arrested but I did get a few beatings before age 13. No problem. All water undder the bridge. I bet you might have even shopped with us, or maybe even stolen a few items from our stand out in the front. But God bless you Mike for coming around and becoming a "mentsch." I wish you all the best.

Nov. 12 2013 01:52 PM
Lucy Anderson from Newark NJ

Have you seen Mike Tyson on any of the Comedy Central roasts??

He stole the show!

Nov. 12 2013 01:40 PM
Jonathen from Brooklyn

embarrassing to hear this

Nov. 12 2013 01:39 PM
chairmanwho from BK

I love Mike Tyson as the boxing historian. He's so educated about the history of the sport from its early days to what it is now. That was one thing about great boxing champs that set them above the rest. I would love to hear if Mr. Tyson was interested in a series devoted to the bygone days of boxing and its historical evolution and how mma could learn anything from the sweet science. Also, does he still watch beau jack vs ike williams fight to cheer him up?

Nov. 12 2013 12:47 PM

philosopher?????

Nov. 12 2013 12:35 PM

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