The Straits Times
Published on Sep 12, 2012

Mike Tyson says he wants to 'dance and sing'


HONG KONG (AFP) - Former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson said on Wednesday he wants to "dance and sing" in musicals as his next challenge, after leaving the ring and cleaning up his troubled life.

"I want to dance and sing. I want to do some dancing and singing musicals," Tyson told reporters during a visit to Hong Kong when asked what he wanted to do with his life next.

The 46-year-old Hall of Fame boxer who served time in jail for rape and infamously bit off part of Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight in 1997, said he now just wanted to "hang out and entertain". "I don't have the desire to be that guy any more," he said of his previous life as the self-styled "baddest man on the planet" who won 44 of his 58 fights by knockout.

"I was always the bad guy that wanted to be a good guy, but I didn't know how to be a good guy. I was always so concentrating on being bad." Tyson is in Hong Kong to address the CLSA Investors' Forum about how he overcame his troubled upbringing, the end of his brilliant but turbulent sporting career and his addiction to drugs and alcohol, to become a better man.