Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth HBO special Nov. 16: Enjoy a front-row seat in this Spike Lee Joint as “Iron Mike” Tyson recounts the highs and lows of his life in his signature candid style in this concert film of his one-man Broadway stage show. Over the course of 90 minutes, Tyson opens up about his troubled youth, landmark boxing career, key influences, personal and professional controversies, prison, personal loss and, most recently, his rehabilitation and redemption, forged by sobriety and a renewed commitment to family life. Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth premieres on HBO Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8pm ET.
Here are a few highlights and quotes from Undisputed Truth:
“I was born with that addictive gene that still haunts me to this day, ready to creep up on me in my darkest night, ready to rob me of my brightest day.” – on inheriting his mother’s traits
“We were like a pack of wild wolves. God forbid if you come into our neighborhood and we didn’t know you. We might’ve killed you.” – on childhood in his Brownsville, Brooklyn neighborhood
Tyson had a reputation for being a good street fighter by age 10. He was arrested 38 times by age 12.
Tyson won the national amateur championship at age 14. His sparring partners often left in the middle of the night without getting paid.
“Cus said I was the baddest man on the planet one day. I was just a kid, and I thought I was.” – on his first trainer, Cus D’Amato
When Tyson was a teenager, Teddy Atlas threatened him with a gun.
“After Robin hears about this show on HBO, she’s going to use that as a way to relaunch her career the same way she’s been trying to do unsuccessfully for the last 25 years.” – on his troubled marriage to actress Robin Givens
Tyson had an encounter with a terrified, little-known actor named Brad Pitt, who was possibly romantically involved with Givens during her separation from Tyson.
“A bad day at the office.” – on his 1990 knockout loss to Buster Douglas
“I did not rape Desiree Washington, and that’s all I have to say about this.” – on his 1992 rape conviction
The Brady Bunch‘s Florence Henderson came to visit him in prison.
During a financial audit, it was discovered that promoter Don King was billing Tyson $8,000 a week for towels.
“All that I can say is that I snapped.” – on biting Evander Holyfield’s ear in their 1997 fight
“I’m four years clean and sober. A better man trying to be a better father.” – on finally finding what he was looking for
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