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New Fox Sports 1 series ‘Being: Mike Tyson’ really takes the gloves off


Mike Tyson, second from right, with Mirage headliners Boyz II Men at the Mirage.

Being: Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson, Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed at KISS by Monster Mini Golf

Mike Tyson, Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed at KISS by Monster Mini Golf on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Boxing legend and Las Vegas resident Mike Tyson really opened up his life and soul to TV audiences during Sunday night’s premiere of his new Fox Sports 1 reality TV series “Being: Mike Tyson.”

It aired before and after NFL coverage in different time zones on Fox, and, as of Tuesday, it has a regular slot on Fox’s new sports network Fox Sports 1.

The extended conversation between Mike and one-time rival Evander Holyfield is interesting, and, yes, they talk about the night of the bitten ear.

“I made a mistake. What was once a negative is now a joke between us,” Mike revealed.

It’s emotional, teary-eyed TV when Mike goes back to the Indianapolis prison where he was incarcerated. Cameras document his meeting with Muhammad Ali and his visit to his old neighborhoods of Brooklyn and the Catskill Mountains before setting up home here with his children.

He paints a picture of the icon who fell from grace amid the tales of his tantrums in and out of the ring.

Said Mike: “It turned out to be an amazingly personal experience for me looking back at the life I once led via the life that I am so proud to be living now. … I was pretty dark and troubled back then. I’m dark and troubled now, but not like back then. I’m cool now.”

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