Audience members saw a more thoughtful and even humorous Mike Tyson during his one-man show "Undisputed Truth" Feb. 8 in Hammond.
The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world performed the show, which chronicles key stages in his life, at The Venue at Hammond's Horseshoe Casino. The production, directed by Spike Lee, is produced by James L. Nederlander.
As Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy," played in the background, Tyson took the stage to present his autobiographical tale.
"Thank you for coming tonight. I welcome you into my living room," he said. Tyson later told the crowd "I hope you leave here with a better understanding of me."
Throughout the show, the boxing champ stressed "things are different now" in his life. On stage, backed by a screen showing various photographs and video from his life, Tyson delved into his troubled youth, his relationship with his mentor Cus D'Amato, his disastrous marriage to Robin Givens, his ear-biting incident when fighting Evander Holyfield and other topics.
About serving three years in an Indianapolis prison on rape charges, Tyson told the audience, "I did not rape Desiree Washington and that's all I'm going to say."
The former boxer, who said he "grew up in the gutter," also offered some touching, heartfelt moments in the production.
Near the end of the show, a photograph of his late 4-year-old daughter Exodus appeared on the screen. Exodus died in a home accident after being caught in a treadmill cord in 2009.
Tyson said he dedicates his life to her now and in her honor strives to be "a better father to her brothers and sisters" everyday.
Tyson's show, clocking in at nearly two hours, provides a fascinating look at the former champ.