Brooklyn, birds, boxing. The common denominator connected to these variables: Mike Tyson. Since he was a child, Brooklyn native Mike Tyson has been drawn to birds, specifically pigeons. Today the 44 year old former five time heavyweight boxing champ has 2500 racing pigeons. There are two classifications of birds he prefers: "tipplers" or "flights" who have the ability to remain airborne without interruption for as much as 16 hours, and "Birmingham rollers" which have the capability of acrobatic flight---turning somersaults and moving in reverse while in flight.
On March 6th Animal Planet begins a six part series, Taking On Tyson. The series educates the uninitiated about the training and sport of racing pigeons, and brings fans into the current world of the man once billed as 'the baddest on the planet'. Mike no longer practices the sweet science, but he's still competitive and wants his birds to be winners. The birds are therapeutic for Mr.Tyson and his admiration of them is a revelation.
Taking On Tyson airs on Animal Planet Sundays at 10:00pm with repeat airings on Mondays at 9:00pm, Fridays at 10:00pm. Please check your local listings.