Back in the days when Mike Tyson was having street fights with other boxers, getting convicted of sexual assault and biting the ear of Evander Holyfield in the ring, even the most devout fan of the former champion figured that he might never make it past 40.
Rarely have I ever been so glad to be so wrong.
Fresh off his wildly successful run on Broadway in his one-man stage play “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” the rebirth of Tyson continues with his new venture: Iron Mike Productions.
The first fight card under his company will be at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona N.Y. on Aug. 23.
If anyone doubts Tyson’s potential for success in his newly chosen field, think again.
Many thought his one-man show on Broadway would be a train wreck. Instead, it was an engaging, funny and honest performance that had me literally in tears.
And the success of that show was because he had successful people around him.
There no doubt he’ll have the same with the boxing venture. Hopefully he’ll have people around him looking out for what’s best for Tyson, and not looking to pad their own pockets to take advantage of his name.
The bar for former boxers becoming promoters is set high with the success of Golden Boy Productions, founded by Oscar De La Hoya.