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'Iron Mike' explosive in and out of ring

Updated: September 9, 2006, 12:04 PM ET
By Mike Puma | Special to ESPN.com

"People want to see a train wreck, a car wreck, a whatever wreck. And to those people, Mike Tyson represents that. So they want to watch it for all the perverse reasons, not for boxing," says boxing historian Bert Sugar on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

His career once held the promise of reaching the heavyweight division's pantheon. But even before he became the world's youngest heavyweight champion at 20, Mike Tyson had led a rough and unpredictable existence. Since then, ...

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