Tyson: From 'baddest man' to one-man show

Tyson: From 'baddest man' to one-man show

February 15, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Nina Falcone

Mike Tyson no longer wants to be known as the "Baddest Man on the Planet."

The former heavyweight champion boxer will be visiting a total of 36 cities to host his one-man show, titled "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." After experiencing a troubled past, Tyson wants to show he's a changed man.

He joined David Kaplan on Friday's edition of Chicago Tribune Live to discuss his show, which details his upbringing in Brooklyn to his highs and lows while in the spotlight. From allegations of rape that landed him years in prison, to biting off Evander Holyfield's ear and continued drug abuse, Tyson's stage show addresses the troubled past associated with his personal life and career.

Kap asked Tyson about being 27-0 and prior to his first heavyweight title fight against Trevor Berbick, Muhammad Ali walked into the ring and said something to him ... what was it?

"He asked me to kick his a** for him," Tyson said smiling. "[Berbick] fought Ali when he was older ... he was just and older man and [Berbick] just took advantage of him. He didn't need to do that.

"I took that as a compliment. I was just happy that Muhammad Ali knew what my name was."

Tyson talked about his past, his new outlook on life, and whether those two things co-existing in his prime could have allowed him to be a champion.

"I would be decimated, because right now I do everything to please my wife. I don't want her mad at me," he told Kaplan. "In order to be 'Mike Tyson' -- whoever that guy [was], the 'Baddest Man on the Planet,' I'd have to destroy my wife, my kids ... it was all about me."