Mike Tyson on losing 140 pounds. and Evander Holyfield's Ear


I train every day even on the road. I'm making sure I'm in shape, because this whole [one man show] thing is like fighting. You've got to look the part of it, an entertainer and an actor. You've got to be in shape. Not only in shape, you've got to be in good condition just in case you've got to run five miles or something. You're on stage, and on stage is exhausting too because I'm animated, I'm really physical up there. I'm doing antics and I might be doing a little jig, a dance or a karate kick so things are going on.

Do you remember what ear tastes like?

I really sucked and stuff. Cause if you watch the fight, as soon as I did it I spit it right out, instantaneously like [chewing and spitting sound.] It was really disgusting. [Many years later]Holyfield gave me some of his barbeque sauce because he's a barbeque guy. And I was telling him his ear would have tasted a lot better if he used some of that barbeque sauce.

Now that you're 46 years old, do you feel some of the aftereffects of your previous life involving drug use and repeated hits to the head?

You know that's so funny. The fact that I think if you watch any of my films from when I first started as a boxer in 1984, you realize that I talk better now than when I first started fighting. Boxing must have worked in the reverse for me. I may have gotten to become a more articulate talker at the end of my career than at the beginning of my career.

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