Who'd have thought it? It turns out that Mike Tyson, who once bit Lennox Lewis in the leg and chewed off Evander Holyfield's ear, is now a warm, funny and friendly human being.
The former world heavyweight champion-turned-entertainer, talks frankly of his past misdeeds and his hopes for the future and proudly tells me when we talk that he has been off drink and drugs for exactly 100 days. "I'm doing really well and I hope I don't fall off the wagon but I'm only human and anything is possible," he says. "It's a strong and baffling disease I have.
"I did the drugs, I did the disgusting women, I was drinking, I was living the life, I was out all night just living in a den of iniquity. I was very lucky I had a good woman by my side and a lot of good friends."
And he told me how, in his fighting days, he used a fake penis he called a Whizzo to fool the drugs test inspectors.
"I would collect urine from someone who didn't smoke or anything and pray to God that when I got it from my wife she wasn't pregnant," he laughs. "I'd pull my penis out quick in front of the inspector who was watching me so he'd be offended and turn his back and then I would clip it on and start peeing."
Mike, who has been married for four years to Lakiha Spicer and has two children with her, is clearly enjoying his new career as an entertainer and his
one-man stage show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth has been filmed by Spike Lee
and is being shown around the world. In it he candidly recounts his
life’s highs and lows and talks about his troubled youth, landmark
boxing career, key people in his life, controversies. time in prison,
self-examination, family and new beginnings.
As part of his new life he is forging a movie career for himself and
has a cameo role in the soon-to-be-released Grudge Match as well as
several other projects lined up.
“I was born to be an entertainer,” he laughs.