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Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography By Mike Tyson

Release date: 15th December, 2013
Publisher: Harper Sport

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Considering how scandalously porous the United Kingdom’s borders have been for the past decade-and-a-half, the irony of refusing entry to a high-profile, multi-millionaire ex-professional sportsman, on account of his criminal record, will not be lost on most people.

Mike Tyson might be the repository of several unpleasant characteristics, but it’s probably fair to say that he’s no benefit tourist, nor is he intent on blowing us all to smithereens.

Nevertheless, he was recently denied entry to the UK, so instead of being able to see Tyson talking about his new book ‘live’ as was originally intended, sports fans will have to make do with one of the most intriguing sporting memoirs ever written. Thankfully, as was the case when he was in the ring, Tyson pulls no punches in this beast of a book – at 560-odd pages, it’s twice the length of the standard sporting biography.

For more than 25 years, a small industry has regularly churned out books about Tyson, but Undisputed Truth is the definitive article.

Of course, his story is well known. His violent, criminal childhood; remanded in a succession of institutions for youth offenders; spotted by the legendary Cus d’Amato and his subsequent rise to become boxing’s youngest-ever heavyweight world champion.

That might be enough for one man, but Tyson’s complex, violent, misogynist personality ensured there had to be more. It came in spades. His marriage to Robin Givens; incessant legal battles regarding his management; a phenomenal list of women; unbelievably regular consumption of class A drugs; his unexpected loss to Buster Douglas, followed by conviction and incarceration for rape. Tyson’s comeback also resulted in defeat; fearing another reverse, the former champion opted to bite a sizeable chunk out of his opponent’s ear and spit it to the ground. It’s easy to see why ‘brutal’ is the adjective most frequently used to describe Tyson.

This memoir is also brutally honest, though that doesn’t mean readers will necessarily empathise with a man who blew tens of millions on drugs and prostitutes. Nevertheless, he has an incredible story to tell, which makes Undisputed Truth an A-list sporting tome.


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