The Straits Times
Published on Sep 13, 2012

Ex-heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson dances to a new tune


HONG KONG (REUTERS) - Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, once notorious for his bad boy antics, has a new goal: he'd like to dance and act in musicals.

"I've always been a bad guy who wanted to be a good guy,"said Tyson, 46, on the sidelines of the Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (CLSA) Investor Forum in Hong Kong this week.

"I didn't know how to be a good guy because I was always concentrating on being bad, so I've learnt how to be a good guy now and treat people the way I want to be treated. That's why I have a passion for life now." The convicted rapist who spent three years in prison and was later declared bankrupt has found religion and mellowed. He spoke to financiers in Hong Kong about his life before and after boxing, his family and his acting career, which includes a recent one-man show on Broadway.

Tyson became the youngest world heavyweight champion in 1986 at age 20 and was undisputed world champion for several years.