Mike Tyson is about to embark on a new form of athletic competition, only this time he won’t be the one in training. The former heavyweight champion of the world will team up with Animal Planet to give audiences a glimpse into the fiercely competitive world of pigeon racing. Yes pigeon racing!!!!
Slated to debut in early 2011, the show will give audiences an insider’s look at pigeon rearing and racing, a sport that is far from the mainstream. The novice pigeon racer Tyson goes toe-to-toe against several individuals in hopes of being crowned a champ all over again.
Little known fact that Tyson has raised pigeons all his life. In fact his first-ever fight as a child was in defense of his birds. But this show will follow his first foray into racing them competitively. So for the first time in years, Tyson enters a sport as an underdog.
“Tyson’s passion for his pigeons takes my breath away,” marvels Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet Media. “For years, he has been inspired by these birds that he feels have the ‘biggest heart’ in the animal kingdom. TAKING ON TYSON peels back new layers of the remarkable persona and deep humanity of Mike Tyson while also showing us a whole world we never knew existed right on the rooftops of New York City.”
Take a look at Mike discussing his pigeon collection below: