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Mike Tyson to Fly High in Animal Planet Series

by Chris Jordan, posted Mar 15th 2010 3:31PM
Mike Tyson's career has gone to the birds, but maybe it's not as bad as it sounds.

Tyson is set to star in a new Animal Planet reality series about pigeon racing, tentatively called 'Taking on Tyson,' according to a network press release. The series will film this spring in New York City and debut early-2011.

Tyson, boxing's former heavyweight world champion, has raised pigeons since he was a child.Mike Tyson's career has gone to the birds, but maybe it's not as bad as it sounds.

Tyson is set to star in a new Animal Planet reality series about pigeon racing, tentatively called 'Taking on Tyson,' according to a network press release. The series will film this spring in New York City and debut early-2011.

Tyson, boxing's former heavyweight world champion, has raised pigeons since he was a child.

"I feel a great pride acting as an official representative for all the pigeon fancier's out there,'' Tyson said in the press release. "I want people to see why we love these birds. It feels good returning to the rooftops of the city where it all started for me -- New
York.''

The series, created and produced by Touch Productions in association with Tyson's Tyrannic Productions, delves into the little reported world of urban pigeon racing.

Tyson's public image has taken a beating over the years, but in the the 2008 bio 'Tyson,' the fighter was view with sympathy and he was received favorable in his cameo for the 2009 comedy smash 'The Hangover.'

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