Sold-out crowd flocks to Mike Tyson show at Balboa Theatre

Tyson's one-man show heads to LA this weekend

SAN DIEGO - A one-night-only show featuring former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson had the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego buzzing Tuesday night.

The former fighter and convict hit the stage for nearly two hours as part of his one-man show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth."

"I had to fight for tickets to get here. Las Vegas was sold out; [Los Angeles] is sold out for 3 nights. It's a great show," said audience member Steven.

In the show, Tyson takes the audience through his turbulent life. In one story, he described his first fight.

"Beat the hell out of this guy, right. I didn't know what I was doing, but I knew that I won the fight. It was love at first fight," Tyson said.

Tyson touched on all angles of his life, such as his troubled youth, his 1992 rape conviction and the three years in prison that followed. He also discussed the incident in which he bit a chunk out of Evander Holyfield's ear in the ring, as well as his notorious face tattoo.

While Tyson's story can be quite sad, the show had the San Diego crowd smiling on their way out the door.
 
Tanisha Tankard said, "I thought it was going to be … I didn't know what to expect, but it was amazing."

"We love a good tale of redemption. There is a lot of honesty. It's an articulate, good show," said Fabio Arciniegas.

Tyson is scheduled to perform in Anaheim on Wednesday night and will have shows in Los Angeles this weekend.

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