Mike Tyson is the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and the first boxer ever to hold the three biggest belts in prizefighting--the WBC, WBA, and IBF world heavyweight titles--simultaneously. Tyson's enduring appeal has launched him into a career in entertainment: he was a standout in the blockbuster films The Hangover and The Hangover Part II, and recently he has earned tremendous acclaim for his one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. Tyson has launched a clothing company, Roots of Fight, and Tyrrhanic Productions, which currently has several film projects in development. In 2011 he was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Kiki, and their children.
Larry "Ratso" Sloman is best known as Howard Stern's collaborator on Private Parts and Miss America. Sloman's recent collaborations include Mysterious Stranger, with magician David Blaine; Scar Tissue, the memoir of Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis; and Undisputed Truth with Mike Tyson. His biography of Houdini, The Secret Life of Houdini, is soon to be a major motion picture for Lionsgate.
"In this tender and disturbing hybrid of memoir and biography,
former heavyweight boxing champion Tyson examines one of the most
unusual characters in boxing history.... Tyson's love for Cus
D'Amato is more than apparent, but it doesn't lead him to downplay
his teacher's myriad faults."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The boxing champion, infamous for biting and beating, reveals
his soft side in this memoir of his longtime mentor and trainer....
[Tyson] writes respectfully and affectionately [about Constantine
'Cus' D'Amato], though some of the old toughness hangs on.... A
belated but welcome homage to a boxing legend who died shortly
before Tyson's career took off. Fans of the sweet science will want
to have a look.