Animal Planet Takes Swing At Tyson Series


Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson will step into the reality competition series ring in 2011 as the star of a new Animal Planet series focusing on pigeon racing.
The series, Taking On Tyson, will feature the champ - who for years has raised pigeons - as he takes the feathered creatures into the competitive spotlight of pigeon racing, according to network executives. The series will be filmed in New York and will debut on the channel in early 2011.
"For years, [Tyson] has been inspired by these birds that he feels have the ‘biggest heart' in the animal kingdom," said  Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet Media in a statement. "Taking on Tyson peels back new layers of the remarkable persona and deep humanity of Mike Tyson while also showing us a whole world we never knew existed right on the rooftops of New York City."