Hear Mike Tyson s name and you ll likely think of heavyweight titles, bitten-off ears, face tattoos and if you re a fan of The Hangover movies Bengal tigers.

You would not, presumably, think of the stage, much less of Broadway.

Yet Broadway is exactly where the former boxing superstar-turned-thespian spent 10 days in August, as the star of his one-man show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. And on April 21, he ll bring that show to the stage at Ovens Auditorium as part of a 10-week national tour. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

The show written by wife Kiki Spicer and directed by Spike Lee is billed as a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown.

Among the topics: His hardscrabble youth in Brooklyn; his relationships with mentor Cus D Amato (good), boxing promoter Don King (bad), and rival Mitch Green (ugly); the 2009 death of his 4-year-old daughter; and his conversion of veganism.

Oh, and the time he caught former wife Robin Givens with Brad Pitt in the late 80s.

This tidbit caused murmuring during Undisputed Truth s run on Broadway, but after he talked about the incident in detail during a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, headlines like I Caught Brad Pitt Having Sex With My Wife were splashed all over the Internet last week.

In a phone interview with the Observer on Tuesday, Tyson said the story has gotten blown out of proportion.
You see how rumors get spread, Tyson said. I didn t walk in on them. They weren t actually (having sex). But that s what they were going to do.

He s in the show because it was a part of my life, Tyson continued. I m not angry at him, I m not trying to pick fights with him or anything like that. No way. I m just telling a story, and I m telling it from a funny perspective. It s all about me being (an idiot).

Tyson had a similar explanation for a portion of the show about Givens, which some critics say is a lengthy and vicious verbal attack on his former wife.

People look at it as if I m out to get her, he said. I m not out to get her. I m out to show how much of (an idiot) I was for her.

More than anything, he s out to win over his fans again.

I just love to be able to entertain people, Tyson said. I ve done this first as a boxer, and that s where I got the bug. I just love being in front of the camera ... I love hearing people applaud.

Read or Share this story: