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Undisputed Truth, Live on Broadway

CLSA Investor Forum in Hong Kong presented felon and ex-heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson, as its 2012 keynote speaker. Former speakers have included politician Sarah Palin and actor George Clooney. Tyson now professes to be a family man who loves his wife and wants a career change. His most recent achievement has been a one man show on Broadway, Undisputed Truth. For those who enjoyed the show, get in line again for Broadway theatre tickets to see Mike Tyson sing and dance.

Gershwin, Anyone?

They all laughed there in Hong Kong when he said, “I want to do some dancing thing, I want to do some musicals.” But they all laughed when Edison discovered sound, so why shouldn’t they laugh when Big Mike says he’d like to sing some Gershwin? He brings a wealth of experience to the footlights. The youngest heavyweight boxing champion ever (age 20, in 1986), he constantly made news away from the ring through his tumultuous marriage with actress Robin Givens and a 1992 rape conviction. In his prior life, Mr. Tyson prided himself on being bad but now he is singing a different tune.

I’m a Good guy, Now

“I’ve always been a bad guy who wanted to be a good guy,” he said. “I didn’t know how to be a good guy because I was always concentrating on being bad, so I’ve learned how to be a good guy now and treat people the way I want to be treated. That’s why I have a passion for life now.”

His Van Gogh Moment

Three years in prison and the ensuing bankruptcy led to a religious conversion. His bottoming out process included that indelible moment in the boxing ring, in 1997, when he bit off a portion of Evander Holyfield’s left ear. Many paths lead to finding God but Tyson has led a life full enough for three sinners, which makes his conversion to Christianity and Broadway all the more mesmerizing.

The Prodigal Son Returns

Can he pull it off? Doe she have the talent and the work ethic? Judging by his ease and swagger in front of the financiers in Hong Kong, he may. Decked out in a sharp pale suit and a shirt white enough to match his infectious grin, he worked the crowd like a pro. Mike Tyson is back for his fourth act and he’s not being shy about it.

“I’m not drinking, I’m not getting high, I’m not womanising, I’m not doing a lot of things that I normally did,” said the baddest man in the world. “This is what I’m doing now – a responsible individual, raising a family, loving my wife.”

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