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The Champ

He’d entered the ring with a respectable 16-1 record — seven of those wins by knockout. But despite a six-inch reach advantage against his opponent and the genetic predisposition of a former heavyweight champion, Marvis Frazier was likely the only person inside Glens Falls Civic Center on July 26, 1988, who actually thought he stood a chance against a 24-0 “Iron” Mike Tyson. “It is not a matter of if Mike Tyson knocks out Marvis Frazier,” boxing commentator Alex Wallau opined before the fight. “It’s just a matter of when.” Tyson went on to earn his 25th victory that night, landing a ferocious uppercut 20-odd seconds into the bout. Tyson lost just six professional matches to five opponents before retiring in 2005 and embarking on a very public roller-coaster ride of personal growth and discovery. He’s now a vegan, regularly spoofs himself on film (The Hangover, The Hangover Part II), and has even appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap. Now 46 years old, the former heavyweight champion is traveling across the country and sharing his life story in a one-man show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, which stops at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami) this Tuesday. Written by his wife, Kiki Tyson, the champ speaks openly and honestly in Undisputed Truth about everything from his 1992 rape conviction to the infamous Evander Holyfield ear-biting incident, failed marriages, financial woes, and tragic death of his 4-year-old daughter in 2009. “I told [Kiki] my life story, and then she took it from there,” he says.
Tue., April 16, 8 p.m., 2013


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