*Next month, former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson will take to a Las Vegas stage to talk about his checkered life – as a childhood thief, a world champ, an addict and a father of eight – in the one-man show “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth – Live on Stage.”
The outing is described as an autobiographical monologue.
“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,” Tyson, 45, told Reuters in an interview.
Adam Steck, the show’s producer, said audiences will be surprised by the performances, which are scheduled for April 13-18 at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip.
“People think they know Mike Tyson but this is a totally different angle,” Steck said. “The way he approaches life, he’s a very spiritual guy and has learned so many lessons from life.”
In the Reuters interview, Tyson addressed the Trayvon Martin shooting by a neighborhood watch volunteer, and the outrage it has sparked throughout the country. Tyson called the incident tragic and said it “shut black America down. It shut all decent humanity down.”
“I think about the kid they shot in Florida and I think about, it could be my son,” he said.