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Tyson tells audience of struggles in, out of ring

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Published:   |   Updated: April 17, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson boxed with himself Wednesday night at “Undisputed Truth,” his nearly sold-out, one-man show at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

For two hours, Tyson let the audience in on his personal struggles in and out of the boxing ring.

Tyson has a charisma you wouldn't expect from a man who became the youngest heavyweight champ of all time. Clad all in white, Tyson paced back and forth on the Ruth Eckerd stage telling stories about his life, while videos of his boxing days played on a big screen behind him.

He was self-deprecating, frequently laughing at himself.

But he also showed little mercy, such as dancing to Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” while talking about ex-wife Robin Givens. He called his relationship with manager Don King “slavery.”

“He charged me $8,000 a week for towels,” Tyson said.

He showed a tender side talking about his father-son relationship with longtime trainer and manager Gus D’Amato.

Calling himself a “notorious ear biter,” he apologized for the infamous incident where he bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight.

At the end, the audience was in Tyson’s corner and gave the champ a standing ovation. Tyson seemed humbled and touched.

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