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Mike Tyson is getting his infamous face tattoo removed (UPDATE: April Fools)

Mike Tyson is not the same ferocious fighter that he used to be. I wouldn’t go as far as to say Iron Mike has gone soft, but if someone told you in the 1980s that Tyson would be starring in comedy movies and doing interviews with Oprah in 25 years you would have laughed in their face. Not anymore.

Several unflattering moments defined the later years of Tyson’s career, the most notable of which was his decision to turn into a carnivore during a fight against Evander Holyfield. There’s also the frightening tattoo Tyson got on his face when his life really started to spiral out of control. He has since buried the hatchet with Holyfield, and Iron Mike tweeted on Monday that the infamous ink will soon be gone.

This will certainly make Tyson look less intimidating, but that’s probably what he’s going for. You don’t stand up for Lance Armstrong unless you have gotten in touch with your sensitive side, which seems to be the case for the former heavyweight champion. Good for Mike.

UPDATE: Annnnd I’ve been duped. That’s what happens when you let your guard down on April Fools. As @ticketscore pointed out on Twitter, Tyson later tweeted that he was joking and the tattoo is with him forever. Darn.

H/T Black Sports Online

Mike Tyson may be the last person who supports Lance Armstrong

lance armstrongIf anyone knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity and being hated, it’s Mike Tyson. Iron Mike came from nothing to become one of the greatest fighters to ever live. He also bit a man’s ear off and was one of the most disrespectful athletes of his generation. For those reasons and more, it comes as no surprise that Tyson sympathizes with Lance Armstrong.

During an appearance on WLNY-TV’s The Couch Tuesday morning, Tyson had nothing but nice things to say about the disgraced cyclist.

“He is an awesome human being,” the former heavyweight champ said, via CBS New York. “We’re all human beings, we’re all going to make mistakes. We’re not perfect, and neither is Lance.”

Despite the fact that Armstrong recently admitted to cheating during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Tyson would not label him a “cheater.” Instead, he urged Armstrong’s friends to support him during this difficult time and help him fight through it.

“I think that people that are his friends should still be his friends,” Iron Mike said. “He’s going to get bashed for awhile, so if you’re truly his friend, try to help him absorb the blows. He’s gonna come out, he’s gonna stay strong, and he’s going to get over this.”

We know one tennis star who couldn’t possibly disagree more, and the same can be said for most people. That’s very nice of Tyson to be so empathetic, but Armstrong is not a victim. He brought all of this on himself, and he destroyed the lives of other people in the process. Not only did he cheat, but he bullied others into doing the same and threatened people into keeping quiet about it. Sorry, Mike. I enjoyed your appearance in the first “Hangover” movie, but you’re way off on this one.

Here is Tyson’s full interview:

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Mike Tyson wanted to name his show ‘Boxing, bitches, babies and lawsuits’

Mike Tyson has a successful one-man show going called “Undisputed Truth.” The show originated in Las Vegas, moved to Broadway, and now Tyson will be touring the country over the next several months while performing the show. The funny thing is Tyson says “Undisputed Truth” wasn’t the name he really wanted for the show. Oh no. The title he preferred was something a lot more befitting of his personality.

During an interview with Jim Rome on Showtime, Tyson explained that he wanted the show to be named “Boxing, bitches, babies and lawsuits.”

“Boxing, bitches, babies, and lawsuits [is what I wanted to call it], but my wife and attorney just freaked out, you know, because that’s so politically incorrect. ‘Mike, you’re bashing babies like you had babies without planning them. You wish you didn’t have your babies,’” Tyson says they told him.

“I said, ‘No, I do love my babies. That’s all I did all my life. All I did was fight, fornicate, and go to court.’ That’s all I did! That’s all the hell I did!” Tyson exclaimed.

“I fought, I fornicate, and I went to court. And I got sued and went to jail on certain occasions, you know — one occasion, prison.

“Pretty exciting, but it really sucked on the emotional tip,” Tyson conceded.

Rome asked Tyson what living that life was like, and the former boxer indicated it’s not as great as it sounds.

“I don’t know, Jim. I’m just happy I don’t have that life anymore,” he answered.

So there you have it: the Mike Tyson story. Just remember if you’re thinking of buying tickets to see Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, that the real show you’re going to see is about Mike Tyson’s life of boxing, bitches, babies and lawsuits. But I’m sure you already knew that.

Evander Holyfield tweets hilarious picture of him wearing Mike Tyson tattoo shirt

More than 15 years have passed since Mike Tyson infamously bit Evander Holyfield’s ear during a fight. Life’s too short for the parties involved to not joke about it now, and that is exactly what they have been doing over the past few months. Back in June, Tyson promoted Holyfield’s barbecue sauce on his Twitter account by writing that Holyfield’s ear would have tasted better with it. On Monday, Holyfield tweeted the photo you see above along with the following:

“@MikeTyson bit my ear and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.”

The shirt can be purchased online as part of the Mike Tyson Collection, so it appears the two former heavyweight champions have turned into promoters for each other. It’s no secret Holyfield has had some financial problems recently, so perhaps it is a relationship that can benefit both. Good for them for turning the whole thing into water under the bridge.

H/T Game On!

Mike Tyson uses ear-biting joke to promote Evander Holyfield’s BBQ sauce

Thursday marked the 15-year anniversary of the rematch between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield that featured one of the most bizarre endings to a sporting event in history. Tyson infamously bit a piece of Holyfield’s ear off, leaving the heavyweight hopping around the ring like mad while a chunk of his ear was chilling on the canvas waiting to be reattached.

Tyson sent a tweet on Friday morning to help promote Holyfield’s new BBQ sauce, and the joke was fantastic:

Holyfield’s been tweeting about his BBQ sauce non-stop for the past 8 hours, so it’s obvious this was a marketing push by Tyson, but it’s nonetheless hysterical. Evander even set it up with a tweet of his own, but it’s still perfect.

And if you’re wondering why Holyfield’s been pitching his BBQ sauce so aggressively, there’s an easy answer.

This is the least Tyson can do to help the man out after taking a chunk out of his ear.

You can go here to order Holyfield’s sauce.

Mike Tyson tells PTI ‘wet noodle’ story about Brad Pitt and Robin Givens (Video)

Mike Tyson joined PTI to promote his upcoming Broadway show “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” and gave an entertaining interview. Yes, I know “Mike Tyson” and “entertaining” are synonymous, but this was every bit as good like usual.

Tyson discussed what shows he’s seen on Broadway. He explained that seeing Chazz Palmineteri’s “Bronx Tale” play inspired him to do his one-man show. He also offered a fantastic quote:

“I embrace my shame and embarrassment.”

But the true highlight of the interview was when he shared a story about his divorce proceedings from his one-time wife, Robin Givens. Tyson said he still sleeping with Givens during their proceedings, but that all ended when she saw him with Brad Pitt one day. His description, at the 3:30 mark in the video above, is outstanding.

H/T LBS contributor A. Liu

Mike Tyson: I was a prostitute hunter (Video)

Mike Tyson and Spike Lee were guests on the “Today” show Tuesday to promote their new Broadway show “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.” Tyson was full of the same crazy energy and wacko charisma that has made his one-man show successful, and he got particularly animated when explaining why he became a vegan (3:40 mark in the video).

According to Tyson, he was sick of his life of prostitute hunting and venereal diseases, so that’s why he cleaned up and swapped animal products for the legume life.

The interview was Tyson at his finest, though there were no mentions of “womb shifting,” unfortunately.

Chest bump to Guyism