Set in New York, Taking On Tyson follows boxing legend Mike Tyson during pigeon season. This is not a joke, pigeon racing is taken seriously amongst those involved. For six months, Tyson and his team (Tyson’s Corner), comprised of trusted longtime friends – Mario, who operates a local gym, and brothers Junie and Ricky train to race homing pigeons, under the guidance of Vinnie, a champion breeder.
In this first episode Mike drops the following jewels:
Due to bullying, he didn’t attend school. “My life sucked as a kid,” he said.
He had his first fight after neighborhood goons tried to rob him of his birds and one of the dudes took one of his pigeons and ripped the head off and threw it back at Mike.
At the age of 12, while serving time in juvenile detention, he decided to be a champion fighter after the legendary Muhammad Ali visited and spoke at the facility.
After he fought and subsequently lost to Lenox Lewis (2002), he took a charter flight and went right to his pigeon coop for solace.
As you can see, this is not just another reality show. It has a documentary element to it, and offers some interesting teaching moments. We get a look into the pysche and soul of Mike Tyson that perhaps we have not been privy to in the past.
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Taking on Tyson can be seen Sunday nights on Animal Planet, 10 E/P.
You can follow Mike Tyson on Twitter (@MikeTyson).
In other boxing news, influential promoters Bob Arum and Don King gave an interview Sunday on KTLA, here is Los Angeles, to promote the upcoming March 12th Mayorga – Cotto fight. They also discuss Mayweather – Pacquiao. Check the entertaining video HERE.