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World’s Baddest Man Tyson Looks to Spread Music, Not Violence

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Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Mike Tyson, known in his boxing days as “the baddest man on the planet,” said he’s no longer interested in fighting, and all he wants is to dance and sing.

The former world champion, who has appeared in celebrity dancing shows in Argentina and Italy, wants to pursue a career as a performer, and there’s no chance of him boxing again, he said today in Hong Kong, where he was the guest speaker at the annual CLSA Investors’ Forum.

“I don’t want to spread no more of that violence in the air,” Tyson said. “I want to do some musicals.”

Tyson, talking to the media after addressing about 1,500 bankers, investors and decision-makers gathered at a luncheon, said it was the first time he had delivered a speech to this type of audience, and it was “pretty cool.” His advice to the business world: always have your own fiduciary lawyers with you and always trust your partners.

Tyson, who became the youngest-ever world heavyweight champion at 20, doesn’t care about the fortune he squandered as a boxer.

“I didn’t care about my business; I only cared about my glory,” he said. “It’s not paid-for glory -- it’s made from blood, sweat and tears.”

Tyson said he was a great admirer of kung fu icon Bruce Lee.

“You can’t be a student of fighting and not like Bruce Lee,” he said.

When asked how he would have fared in a fight with the Hong Kong martial arts idol, Tyson shook his head and grinned.

“I’m not gonna fight Bruce Lee,” he said. “The guy would be kicking me in the head.”

Tyson spoke to the CLSA audience for 90 minutes about his life before and after boxing, his time in prison and his acting career.

To contact the reporter on this story: Natasha Khan in Hong Kong at nkhan51@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Hwee Ann Tan at hatan@bloomberg.net

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