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Mike Tyson & Lakiha Spicer @ “Taking on Tyson” Premiere in NYC

Photo Credit: Fame Pictures

For all Tyson fans who wanna see a whole new side of the former boxing king, make sure you tune into Animal Planet (no joke) to catch his new show titled “Taking on Tyson,” which debuts Sunday night at 10 p.m. EST. The show will focus on Tyson’s peculiar, yet expensive, passion for pigeon racing & his general love for the birds. If any of you saw the epic 2008 James Toback-documentary “Tyson,” you’ll know that these birds played a very crucial role in his youth & even nudged him into fighting when some poor soul threatened his birds.

For those of you who’re remotely interested, here’s more the art of pigeon racing:

Trainers bring their birds to a central location, sometimes several hundred miles from home, and outfit them with electronic timers. Then the birds are released and fly back to their coop, with the time recorded when they pass through the door. That number is factored into the distance traveled to determine their speed, and the fastest birds are declared the winners.

There is big money in pigeon racing. Breeders spend thousands of dollars on birds, and some competitions award up to $50,000 — not to mention the betting that takes place on the side.

Then there are the bragging rights, and to Tyson, those are more valuable than money.

“Slowly but surely, I’m gaining a name in the business, and I’m very grateful for that as well,” Tyson says. “It’s competitive, but it’s all in love.” [Source]

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The Devil
The Devil

No he didn't.

He had TERRIBLE representation.

Don King set him up with a lawyer who didn't even do those types of trials.

Even the jury when they reconvened on Greta Van Susteren said that they thought Mike had TERRIBLE representation and his lawyer phoned it in.

A lot of them expressed regret in convicting the guy.

one-1
one-1

then are you saying that OJ's trial for murder was fair & he never hurt anyone? it was a jury of 12 and he had GREAT representation. a very pretty girl of 18 said NO as simple as that.

The Devil
The Devil

He was railroaded.

Look at the facts of the case.

Even the jurors who convicted him questioned their verdict a few years ago.

Mundo
Mundo

Yeah and not a bad looking piece...

skilligan
skilligan

mike seems like he has found peace

one-1
one-1

ever since his conviction for rape I've had nothing but contempt for him....mandatory castration upon conviction of any sexual crime aginst a child, woman, or man is something I'd vote for....second time = death. brutal I know but, if you've ever loved anyone this has happened to then you will feel the same.

he should be on animal planet for other reasons!

Mundo
Mundo

First I've heard of pigeon racing...but then it's a good thing pigeons don't have any ears sticking out...