Mike Tyson: Back in the spotlight, back in control - FOX 32 News Chicago

Mike Tyson: Back in the spotlight, back in control

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson was in town last weekend to promote ESPN's Friday Night Fights and perform his one man show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," on Broadway in Chicago.

Good Day Chicago's Jon Kelley sat down with "Iron Mike" for a special one-on-one.

"I don't think I'm a big shot," Tyson said. "I don't think I'm better than everybody. I'm very grateful."

When asked what he hopes his legacy will be, Tyson said he isn't caught up in legacies, and he's focused on what he's doing now – not the past. That "now" revolves around being at peace with himself. Now he's all about positivity, moving forward and not wasting time looking back.

"I realize that I can handle anything," Tyson told FOX 32 News. "There's nothing I can't do. I proved that by overcoming my adversities."

Tyson used to be "Iron Mike," the world's most dangerous man in the ring. Some would argue the same held true outside the ropes. He was young, successful and rich. He was the undefeated champion of boxing at the top of his game and worth millions.

"I'm just aiming to get a lot accomplished now," Tyson said after looking back on the past. "I couldn't get anything done [then]. Too much was happening. I couldn't accomplish anything."

Back in 1991 Tyson was just spinning out of control. His wild and destructive ride ended with him convicted for rape, in jail and kicked out of the very arena that earned him fame and fortune.

"I was very depressed when I got suspended from boxing. That's when I started using a whole bunch of heavy drugs," Tyson told FOX 32. "[But] I wouldn't change anything. Without going through that diversity, I would never have overcome it. I would never have found out what kind of person I am – would never have had the slightest inclination of what I'm made of."

This is Mike Tyson in 2014: Back in the spotlight and back in control. He's a one-man wrecking crew on stage, enjoying a wildly unexpected second chapter and shot at life. His cross country tour for "Undisputed Truth" is selling out at nearly every stop.

Tyson attributes his success today to learning from his past. He has a second shot at life, and he doesn't plan on wasting it.

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