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Mike Tyson gets his own TV show

By Reuters | 2011-01-07 06:42:02.0 | COMMENTS [ 21 ]

Tyson shows a gentler side of himself in an upcoming TV show as a man with a lifelong passion for raising pigeons

Mike Tyson -- heavyweight boxing champion, convicted rapist, occasional actor and, it seems, top-flight pigeon fancier.

Tyson, 44, the boxer who famously bit off part of Evander Holyfield's ear in a 1997 bout, shows a gentler side of himself in an upcoming TV show as a man with a lifelong passion for raising pigeons.

Not just common or garden pigeons, but racing pigeons. Or as Tyson puts it "the creme de la creme of the pigeon world. These are thoroughbred pigeons. Pigeons were mens' first feathered friends".

"Taking on Tyson", which comes to the Animal Planet cable TV channel in March, is a six-part documentary in which the former world heavyweight champion returns to his Brooklyn neighbourhood to race pigeons.

Tyson, nicknamed "Iron Mike" for his ferocious boxing style in the 1980s, recalls in the show how as a child he skipped school to escape bullies but found solace and tranquility raising pigeons.

His pigeon coop is now in a tall house next to the gym where he trained for his famously bruising encounters in the ring.

The documentary shows Tyson and a group of other pigeon fanciers training their birds and readying them for races.

"This is what we do. Our lives are dedicated to pigeons, even when I have been fighting or getting locked up," Tyson told TV reporters.

"This is not no hobby. This is something we are going to do until the day we die," he added.

Tyson was undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion in the 1980s but in 1992 he was convicted of rape and served three years in prison. He declared bankruptcy in 2003 and retired from professional boxing in 2006. Since then he has appeared in the TV shows "Entourage" and "Brothers" and had a cameo role in the 2009 hit comedy movie "The Hangover".

"Taking on Tyson" focuses on the complex culture of pigeon racing, but is also a window into Tyson's life now.

"There are things about my life. I had a pretty colourful past...We go to some places in the past which are a pretty dark place for me," he said.

"Taking on Tyson" makes it debut on March 6 on Animal Planet.


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2011-01-07 07:15:52.0 | 0 replies

Itjo ee his face so huge like a lion

2011-01-07 09:54:09.0 | 0 replies

hehe??? From tigers 2 pigeons.
Nikka has gone soft

Eeish! Guys this aint no chat room, try FB or tweet. I mean *tks 4 de chat last nite* he e maan.

2011-01-07 10:52:31.0 | 0 replies

come on lets just give me a benefit

2011-01-07 10:56:55.0 | 0 replies

I hope Mr Holyfield has forgiven him for that 1997 incident, poor "iron mike" ran out of options.

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2011-01-07 12:16:08.0 | 0 replies

@Prudence - I'd have said the same thing had I did not watch his show. My thoughts changed completely since then I must admit I love the show. The second episode pits Iron Mike against the pigeons in various mental tests. Mike puts forth a valiant effort, but eventually loses by a large margin. Instead of getting angry like the Mike of previous years, he goes to visit a neurosurgeon to understand how he might remove his brain and replace it with one of the smarter pigeon's brains. Great show!
@Clivage - Hello mntwana
@TCTLHAPI - did you sleep well friendo?
@Mahikeng and Mthondo - are you well darlings?

2011-01-07 12:28:30.0 | 0 replies

Oh trying so hard to not imagine you at 70 or 80 with a wrinkled tatooed face..somebody wake me up plz.

2011-01-07 14:26:33.0 | 0 replies

Mike please keep your mind and mind on your riches when this endeavour Blows (excuse the pun)!

2011-01-07 15:00:13.0 | 0 replies

AM MISSING catyy88

2011-01-07 09:33:47.0 | 0 replies

hey gal!!!!Kanthi aren't you involved with Happy Jack..or Preppy Jack whatever his name is??? There's alot of you to go around ne chommie??

2011-01-07 09:31:04.0 | 0 replies