Certainly Mike Tyson loves the spotlight, but his wife is to blame for his latest foray into the entertainment world.
The former boxing champion will raise the curtain on a live one-man Las Vegas stage show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, Live on Stage" next month, but he says the whole thing was his other half's idea.
"This is something my wife, [Kiki], suggested after we saw Chazz Palminteri's 'A Bronx Tale' standup show in Vegas," Tyson told the Los Angeles Times. "It was breathtaking to [Kiki], and I told her, 'I do that stuff in Europe and Asia all the time, but I'm usually drunk in the crowd telling my stories.'"
Tyson says that his Vegas show, scheduled to run from April 13-18 at the MGM Grand, will be civilized and cultured.
"This time, it's going to be refined, with not too much profanity. No [derogatory female references]. My wife is all into that girl power movement, so I'm working the respect angle. I'll be pretty naked up there, and we're going to see how people enjoy it."
Incidentally, don't expect this to be a comedy show. Tyson is expected to destroy boxing promoter Don King and his ex-wife Robin Givens among others, reports the L.A. Times. Tickets start at $100 for the program, which will be held in the 740-seat MGM Grand Hotel and Casino's Hollywood Theatre. That venue is currently hosting legendary illusionist David Copperfield.
Besides his Vegas debut, Tyson is looking forward to his induction to the WWE Hall of Fame this weekend during Wrestlemania XXVIII in Miami.
"I'm ecstatic, Tyson said. "I watched wrestling before I ever watched boxing on TV. Bruno Sammartino was my favorite, but I liked all those guys: Junkyard Dog, Nikolai Volkoff, the Iron Sheik, Superstar Billy Graham."
By the way, in case you think Iron Mike is all about Hollywood and Vegas, the 45-year-old says at his core he's a fan of those that engage in physical encounters.
"I love fighting, all kinds," Tyson said. "I like MMA, it's more exciting than boxing is now. I just like the idea, the philosophy of fighting — karate, Kung Fu, all of it."
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