Mike Tyson Covers Haute Living New York January 2014 Issue

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The Legendary Heavyweight Boxer Opens Up About Fights, Life on the Stage, and His Pet Tiger

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“I love being on the stage. It’s like oxygen to me. I'm only nervous when I’m not on stage.” - Mike Tyson

In the first issue of 2014, we sat down with legendary heavyweight boxer turned entertainer Mike Tyson. We first chatted about starring in a one-man show, "Undisputed Truth" and how he feels about the audience reaction, and his future on the stage. “I love being on the stage. It’s like oxygen to me. I'm only nervous when I’m not on stage.”

He continues, “We wanted it to be a drama, suspense-type of one-man show, but it turned out to be a comedy because people didn’t stop laughing! Sometimes I have to stop the show because the audience keeps laughing and talking. I can’t hear myself. Those are not my best shows. For me personally, my best shows are when they listen to me. I think it’s disastrous when they applaud and laugh while I’m trying to tell another story. They seem to love it, but it’s just disastrous for me. I want them to hear me.”

He hopes to continue his life on the New York stage, saying, “I want to do a musical. I’m not saying I have the greatest voice, but it doesn’t take the greatest voice to have the greatest musical... you just have to sing. I sang in The Hangover Part II.”

Speaking of "The Hangover," Tyson actually has a tiger in real life. “I had a fight in Philadelphia and left my tiger in the hotel when I went to fight. When I came back, the hotel room was demolished! Everything was shredded. She must have freaked out being alone in there and just demolished everything. She destroyed the table and tore the couches, pillows and bed to shreds. There was crap everywhere."

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Also in this issue, if you are looking to buy property in Manhattan, check out our interview with New York City’s real estate developers, Arthur and William L. Zeckendorf, and learn more about their mission to change the skyline, one luxury residence at a time. And since we are getting things off to a haute start, we’ve rounded up the best juice bars, first date spots and hotel lobbies to check out in the city that never sleeps.

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