London: Mike Tyson is set to perform an autobiographical monologue next month at a Las Vegas stage to talk about his chequered life as a childhood thief, a ear-biting fighter, an addict and a father of eight.
Titled ‘Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth - Live on Stage’, the act is scheduled for April 13-18 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip.
“I hope people are entertained, and happy. I hope they get to know certain things. My story’s not pretty. There’s lots of ugly stuff - not knowing if my mother ever loved me, or who my father was,” the Daily Mail quoted Tyson as saying in an interview.
In a hint at what may be in store for listeners, Tyson, 45, recalled growing up in a household with an absent father and an overburdened mother, and talked about how his older brother, Rodney, became a doctor, while he was a thief as a child.
“My brother’s not as ignorant as I am, or was back then,” he said, adding, “He’s the first black person I saw play hockey.”
It is the former boxing champion’s way of illustrating how different their lives have been, though both came from the tough Brooklyn neighbourhood of Brownsville.
“He was always at the top of his class… I was a different kid,” Tyson said of his brother.
Tyson was undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion in the 1980s but in 1992 he was convicted of raping teenage beauty queen Desiree Washington in Indiana and served three years in prison.
He added to his notoriety later in the decade when he bit rival Evander Holyfield on both ears in a 1997 bout, for which he was disqualified and temporarily suspended from boxing. Tyson declared bankruptcy in 2003 and retired from professional boxing in 2006.
Since his retirement from boxing, Tyson has appeared in the TV shows ‘Entourage’ and ‘Brothers’ and had a cameo role in the 2009 hit comedy movie ‘The Hangover.’