Iron Mike Tyson brings his one-man show,
|courtesy of Mike Tyson|
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, to the Peabody Opera House (14th and Market streets; 314-241-1888; tickets $35 to $350) at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 5, as part of a 36-city tour for the Spike Lee-directed monologue. Producers are billing the show as "a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown."
You'll have to judge the rare and personal aspects for yourself, but about the "most-feared heavyweight" there can be no debate.
Born in 1966, Tyson grew up on the mean streets of Brooklyn, where he started out fighting older kids who made fun of his famously high-pitched voice. Arrested for petty crimes dozens of times by the age of thirteen, he lost his mother at sixteen and was rescued from reform school by a boxing manager. Debuting as "Kid Dynamite," Tyson knocked out his first nineteen opponents, most of them in the first round, and at age twenty was the undisputed world heavyweight champ.
This ushered in the "Iron Mike Tyson" era of superstardom, a celebrity marriage (to actress Robin Givens) and seemingly limitless wealth.More »
But Tyson found ways to lose it all.