Iron Mike

against the world

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TELEVISION -

BE­FORE the open­ing cred­its have stopped rolling, Mike Tyson has his first knock­out.

And the hits keep com­ing as the for­mer heavy­weight cham­pion of the world ( pic­tured) stares at the cam­era and ex­plains his bizarre life.

Di­rec­tor James To­back presents the story of Tyson, as told by Tyson, about how it has al­ways been him against the world, about the peo­ple that dragged him from the streets, about how his big­gest as­set has al­ways been his leg­endary punch.

Tyson delves into his shock­ing child­hood and life as a boxer with hu­mour and bru­tal hon­esty. This is the most fright­en­ing and flawed boxer of the mod­ern era stripped bare. At times he fights back tears or shakes with rage.

While con­tro­versy has shad­owed much of his suc­cess, Tyson is still con­sid­ered a leg­end in his sport and an in­ter­na­tional ath­letic icon.

He is a unique fig­ure in the sport­ing arena, a man who rose from the most de­based cir­cum­stances and soared to seem­ingly un­lim­ited heights, fol­lowed by de­struc­tion gen­er­ated by his own hubris.

TYSON, SBS ONE, Sun­day, 9.30pm

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