Not so Iron now, are you Mike?

Mike Tyson is an extremely odd character, even by the standards of heavyweight boxing. A former child crim who came the closest since Ali to claiming the greatest of all time title, Iron Mike’s life has been dogged by a series of emotional and financial meltdowns, and he has been characterised as psychopath with a head for nothing other than senseless violence (although in fairness being imprisoned for rape and biting off Evander Holyfield’s ear might have had something to do with that).

However, if you’ve seen the excellent documentary Tyson, you’ll know that there is a more sensitive side to the junkyard dog, the one that spends a lot of his time reading, who can quote Oscar Wilde, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Tolstoy and Machiavelli, and who understands what a monster he was. Check out the documentary if you get the chance, by the way.

There is one crime his fans may not forgive him however, and that’s appearing on the Italian version of Strictly Come Dancing (which is called Ballando con le Stelle). Apparently his missus Lakiha is a huge fan and badgered him into putting in a performance. Worst of all, there’s a video of it circulating on YouTube. Oh Mike, did you have to stoop so low?

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