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Mike Tyson Chokes Up Remembering a Murdered Friend on 'Taking on Tyson' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 21st 2011 1:40AM
Mike Tyson, 'Taking on Tyson'Mike Tyson came from a pretty dark place before he became the world heavyweight boxing champion. On 'Taking on Tyson' (Sat., 10PM ET on Animal Planet), he talked about a pivotal moment in his earlier life that changed the path he was on.

"I didn't care about my life no more," he said of those years. "I was really crazy. I'm surprised I didn't die or kill anybody. I was so infected with drugs and a crazy lifestyle. I was just addicted to chaos." But then he talked about losing Tito, and choked up.

A narrator filled in what Mike couldn't, revealing that Tito was one of Mike's closest friends, and that he was shot and killed outside of another friend's bar over a jewelry dispute.

The senselessness of his death cause Mike and his buddies to to take stock of their own lives and reconsider a lot of things.

"We evolved," he explained. "Some of us evolved and some of us gone. It's about responsibility and taking care of your family."

It's a difficult life to get out of, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. Tyson never left the violence and craziness completely behind him, but he was, for the most part, able to find a somewhat safer way to vent his frustrations.

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