Mike Tyson Reveals Financial Issues on HBO's Real Sports

Now in its 19th season, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism program, presents more enterprising features and reporting when its 192nd edition, available in HDTV, debuts TUESDAY, MARCH 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: March 19 (3:20 a.m.), 22 (2:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.), 24 (8:30 a.m.), 27 (4:00 p.m., midnight) and 30 (8:30 a.m.), and April 1 (10:30 a.m., 2:30 a.m.), 4 (5:45 p.m.) and 13 (12:15 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: March 20 (11:30 a.m., 9:30 p.m.), 25 (1:30 p.m., 11:15 p.m.), 28 (4:30 p.m.) and 31 (7:40 a.m.), and April 6 (1:00 p.m.)

Segments include:

*The Transformation of Tyson. Once dubbed “the baddest man on the planet,” and a fearsome presence in and out of the ring, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson enjoyed massive success as a knockout artist, reportedly earning more than $300 million in purses, all of which is gone. Following memorable roles in Hollywood films, including the “Hangover” franchise, the 46-year-old has reinvented himself yet again. Tyson has taken his talents to the stage as the star of a one-man show full of anger, humor and tears. In this REAL SPORTS/Sports Illustrated collaboration, correspondent Bernard Goldberg goes one-on-one with the pugilist as he sets off on a North American tour and uncovers an introspective side of Mike Tyson few have seen before.

Producer: Nick Dolin.

Reinventing himself after earning and squandering a few fortunes in the ring, Mike Tyson and his wife Kiki see the reality of his financial situation:

MIKE TYSON:  “I'll never be wealthy again.  That's a wrap.  That's history.  That's never gonna happen again.”

HBO’s BERNIE GOLDBERG:  “So you're making a living doing the play?”

MIKE TYSON:  “No, I, that belongs to IRS. All that money goes right to them.  I don't see none of it.”


MIKE TYSON:  “Really.”

BERNIE GOLDBERG:  “So you're working for the IRS. right now.”

MIKE TYSON:  “Yeah.  I'm a great client, too.  I work real hard.”

BERNIE GOLDBERG:  “Give me a round number of what you owe the IRS.”

KIKI TYSON:  “Oh, geez.”

BERNIE GOLDBERG:  “What’s the, is it, is it six figures or seven figures?”

KIKI TYSON:  “It's six.”

BERNIE GOLDBERG:  “Six figures?”

KIKI TYSON:  “No, it's seven.”

BERNIE GOLDBERG:  “You owe millions? Plural?”

KIKI TYSON:  “Uh-huh (affirm).”


BERNIE GOLDBERG: $3 million?

KIKI TYSON:  “No comment.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by atomicsad on 03-20-2013

They all can't be George Foreman. George is probably the wealthist retired champ.

Comment by Check_hooks on 03-20-2013

[QUOTE=billeau2;13161101]Correct yourself sir...I can guarantee that with this understanding you will never be rich. Here is the rich mentality: The richest man in China has five sons. He gave them the best education and instructed them in the family business....He…

Comment by Yoan on 03-20-2013

The real question is how the hell did LENNOX LEWIS end up worth even more than when he was boxing DESPITE not doing anything???? Lewis is worth over 100 Million........... WHAT The hell did he do since retiring? He just…

Comment by Marcov on 03-20-2013

Tyson's story is Rags to riches, to rags, to riches, to rags, to riches, to rags!

Comment by joe strong on 03-19-2013

[QUOTE=billeau2;13161083]And why is that? Obviously because they are so much smarter than us and prepared than us....NOT! For all the people castigating Tyson I bet you do not realize the facts which damn fighters....these facts will also catch up with…

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