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Book Review: Undisputed Truth By Mike Tyson

Updated on September 26, 2015

The Youngest Heavyweight Champion in History

Mike Tyson tells all and bares his soil in his book Undisputed Truth.
Mike Tyson tells all and bares his soil in his book Undisputed Truth. | Source
Cus D Amato taught a young Mike Tyson about boxing and about life.
Cus D Amato taught a young Mike Tyson about boxing and about life. | Source

Real And Raw

This book is the most honest and no holds barred autobiography I have ever read. Tyson tells all and there is a bunch to tell... Tyson was a real and raw force inside and outside the squared circle and in his autobiography he seems to bare his soul at times.

What separates Tyson's biography from greats such as Muhammad Ali is that Tyson reveals new things that have never been shared with the public before as Ali, Dempsey and others rarely open up any more than they have to in their books.

I would recommend this book to someone even if they are not fans of boxing or Mike Tyson because it is fascinating.

Report Card For Undisputed Truth

Drama: A+. What can I say Tyson's childhood stories can be very dramatic and he describes many of them in graphic, first person detail.

Action: B+. Tyson opens up in vivid detail about his fights in the ring and his street fights in Brooklyn, New York growing up.

Truth: A+. The best part about this autobiography is that Tyson doesn't pull any punches. He usually has to tell the truth because much of his life has played out like a soap opera before our eyes in the paper and on television.

Editing/Grammar: B+. The editing and fact checking is for the most part right on point but, there are a few minor misspellings and misinformation.

Also, the book has two separate sections with tons of pictures many of which are never before released personal photos. Some are in black and white but, the majority of them are in color. A nice picture spread for an autobiography.

Mike Tyson's Biggest Wins

Larry Holmes
Michael Spinks
Trevor Berbick
Tony Tucker
Bonecrusher Smith
Tony Tubbs
Pinklon Thomas
Razor Rudduck (Twice)
Frank Bruno
 
Carl "The Truth"Williams
 
Ten fighters who felt the wrath of "Iron" Mike Tyson.

Undisputed Truth on Broadway

Mike Tyson took his life story on the road and even had a live show directed by Spike Lee which appeared on HBO.
Mike Tyson took his life story on the road and even had a live show directed by Spike Lee which appeared on HBO. | Source

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A Fierce Heavyweight Champion

Mike Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick to win the heavyweight crown and become the youngest heavyweight champion in history at age twenty.
Mike Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick to win the heavyweight crown and become the youngest heavyweight champion in history at age twenty. | Source

Early Childhood and Cus

Everyone knows about Mike Tyson's rough past and how he hooked up with Cus DIamato and became the youngest Heavyweight Champion in history. What people do not know, is all the up and downs that happened intertwined with the public story.

Tyson does not hold back and he lets us know all the good, bad and the ugly about his life in Brownsville, Brooklyn. After his arrest for the 13th time he was sent to a detention center and eventually met legendary trainer Cus D Amato who took Tyson in and eventually adopted Tyson as his son. Cus D Amato ended up passing away before Tyson won the championship at the young age of twenty. That short, fat and old Italian man was the glue that held Mike Tyson together during his early years. Well, most of the time anyway. Michael Gerard Tyson was born June 30, 1966 in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York.

Youngest Heavyweight King, Robin and Don King

Michael Gerard Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion at age 20 and he married actress Robin Givens. He also started associating with promoter Don King around this time. Givens and King were two of the worst influences in Tyson's life. Tyson takes it a step further telling the world his personal woes and professional triumphs.

The tabloids in the 1980s told us lots of Tyson's marriage problems but, Tyson takes us behind the scenes and even tells how he yelled at the cops and broke stuff at their feet when Robin Givens called them to the residence.

As far as Don King goes America has heard stories about him for years but, Tyson lets it all hang out when it comes to Don King. He actually beat Don King up very bad at one point.

Tyson: From Boxer To Mainstream Celebrity

Iron Mike Tyson was inducted into the boxing Hall of Fame as well as the WWE Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Iron Mike Tyson was inducted into the boxing Hall of Fame as well as the WWE Wrestling Hall of Fame. | Source

Prison, Two Time Champ and The Second Evander Holyfield Match

Tyson chronicles his rap trial step by step and he tells the world his thoughts on the Evander Holyfield match in which Iron Mike bit his opponent twice in the ears. He talks about his upbringing and his run ins with other celebrities which is an amazing read. He talks about face offs with Brad Pitt and Wesley Snipes as well as hanging with pimps, players and gangsters. During his suspension from boxing for the Holyfield bite fight Tyson took his show to the WWE Wrestling organization. Eventually he was inducted into The International Boxing Hall of a fame and the WWE Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Tyson was thrown under the bus after he tried to break boxer Evander Holyfield's arm and then he bit both of his ears. Tyson and Holyfield are now friends again and Tyson has since apologized.

Mike Tyson Interviewed About His Book

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The Mitch Green Situation

I as well as most everyone who was alive in the 80s heard about Tyson having a street fight with former opponent, Mitch "Blood" Green. All we were ever told was, that Tyson punched Green out and broke his hand but, there is much, much more to it. Green took his beating and apparently kept coming back for more. Green started a fight with Mike Tyson while he was eating with a lady friend at a nice restaurant and he even took his shirt off in front of a hospital Tyson was in and began beating his chest challenging Tyson.

Main Stream Comeback!

Iron Mike Tyson went from loved to hated to whatever it is he is now with his relationship with the public. He has been in Nintendo and Pepsi commercials in the mid 1980's but nothing compares to his popularity now. Tyson has toured the country doing his broadway show, he has a book, he's a boxing promoter, he has appeared in movies and he even had a show on Animal Planet about pigeon racing. Tyson stays in the limelight by appearing on talk shows such as Opray as well as by appearing in television shows such as Comedy Central Roast. Iron Mike is definitely Mainstream Mike.

Mike Tyson has been part of America's lives since 1986 and his celebrity has only grew year after year.

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