Ear, Ear!


By Catlin Dorset

Larger-than-life retired heavyweight champ Mike Tyson showcases his softer side in the national tour of his hit Broadway show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.

Tyson is known for his hard-hitting and intimidating persona, but on this stage the boxer comes clean about his tumultuous past. The 10-week, 36-city tour charges into downtown San Diego’s Balboa Theatre March 5.

“I am a guy that has lived out his triumphs and failures on the public stage,” says Tyson. “Now, I’m revisiting everything and telling people about myself in my own words. Whether it’s for an audience of one or one thousand, I live for that moment.”

Written by Tyson’s wife, Lakiha “Kiki” Spicer, and directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee, Undisputed Truth jabs at Tyson’s financial woes, legal problems and, of course, the fight in which he bit a chunk out of Evander Holyfield’s ear.

The tour kicked off mid-February in Indianapolis, the city where Tyson was arrested in 1991 and accused of raping 18-year-old Desiree Washington. You’ll have to buy a ticket to hear what Tyson has to say about that night.

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Balboa Theatre, Downtown