Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson.
Ladies & gentlemen, this, is the greatest show on TV right now.
The podcasting game is seemingly pushing several stars into wanting to own their content and distribute it exclusively via YouTube. This medium is also becoming an excellent means to witness the existence of yesteryear stars at a pace they are more comfortable with today.
Enter Iron Mike Tyson.
He’s seemingly always displayed an astute intelligence. Often recollecting from his vast base of reading, he constructs complex sentences to explain stories from his existence. About his mother, “I never got a chance to talk to her or know about her. Professionally, it has no effect, but it’s crushing emotionally and personally.” A hero amongst those who met him first; a caricature amongst those who met him next and now the beginning of his seemingly content third-inning. And what this is producing in-terms of content in the last several months is nothing short of pure-gold.
The opportunity to sit down and listen in long-form, to a mind that was cultivated to be terrorizing and watch its adult-self contemplate its existence over a life it wasn’t able to control, is fascinating. It’s a period of existence all adults hit at some point. But when it’s someone who has stories? Gold. Pure, gold.
Interestingly, as much as Mike would try to dissuade his guests from hero-worshipping him, this is the only time you’ll catch people of that caliber – his top-notch guests, give up their persona and fall into age-10 excitement of when they knew of him first, The baddest man on the Planet. Some of the guests are literally, giddy with excitement. These are Global mega-stars.
Such is the pull of a Heavyweight World Champion. A title that transcends the sport. All 3 adjectives are powerful. Capable of making the sport, occasionally, transcend time itself.