WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – He had world-renowned fame from a boxing career that rewarded him with endless millions.
But the accolades were constantly overshadowed by his equally endless hardships, like a rape conviction, drug addiction and eventual bankruptcy, all brought on by his innermost demons.
He went from rags to riches, and then back to rags.
It sounds like a tragedy scripted for Hollywood, but it’s the real-life story of boxing legend Mike Tyson, now being toured around the country as a one-man show.
“Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” bares all, and much of it is hard to bear.
“I notice in my life every time I looked for happiness from the outside, it turned out disastrous,” Tyson told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan. “My goal is now to win championships and awards from a moral perspective more so than a tangible one.”
And yet, even as he tried to put the pieces to his life back together, just one month before the release of “The Hangover” – his appearance in which would propel him back to stardom – tragedy struck again.
His four-year-old daughter died in a freak treadmill accident.
But Mike is built from cast iron, and wouldn’t let his personal tragedy be his undoing, so he stayed committed to his new life, his new family, and his surviving children.
“In order to be the guy I was last time, the mean, toughest guy on the planet, I had to be that guy,” Tyson explained. “And now I want to be this guy.”
He would go into great detail with the Junkies about his personal struggles, being haunted by a fierce drug addiction at every turn, becoming a national punchline and how he was ultimately able to fight his way to redemption – a story deserving of a Hollywood ending.
You can hear it in its entirety below…