You would think someone who was once the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world wouldn’t be afraid of anything, but apparently that isn’t the case with “Iron” Mike Tyson.
Tyson visited Brisbane as part of his national speaking tour in Australia. While there, he was given a chance to hold a koala named Tracy for a promotional photo, and the “baddest man on the planet” just couldn’t do it.
“I have seen the TV show When Good Animals Turn Bad,” said the man who once owned three tigers and raises pigeons.
“They also carry bacteria,” he said.
The tour will also take the former boxer to Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, and Adelaide.
While in Brisbane, Tyson talked about his Broadway show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. The two-hour one man play was written by his wife, Kiki, and directed by Spike Lee.
Reviews were not very kind. When the show opened in August, Boston Globe reviewer Mark Kennedy said, “It’s no contest: Tyson beaten by Broadway in a quick TKO.”
“The former champion boxer and convicted rapist promises at the beginning of his odd and pathetic show, which mercifully ends its run Sunday at the Longacre Theatre, that he’ll offer the unvarnished truth of his tortured life,” Kennedy said. “What actually comes out sounds more like a press release written by someone else.”
Tyson said, “The message of my show would be no matter what adversity hits you in life, don’t give up – that’s the only time you will lose.”
“Someone can be a champion and never have a title,” he said.
[Photo credits: Peter Wallis]