David Hinckley, DAILY NEWS TV CRITIC
Watching former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson work his way into the world of pigeon racing sounds bizarre and ends up fascinating.
After the path Tyson's life has taken to this point, perhaps nothing should be surprising. He was one of the most intimidating fighters ever and then suddenly he became mortal. He went out of control. He went to jail.
Pigeon racing, he says, takes him back to his youth in Brooklyn, before any of the rest started.
The cast of "Taking on Tyson," besides Mike and the pigeons, includes guys who look and talk like the streets, except their lives are on the rooftops.
That's where they keep and train their birds, a process this series makes surprisingly interesting.
A pigeon raiser can tell champion stock the same way that a horse or dog breeder knows a potential winner. Training begins when the bird is several months old, starting with short runs. After that, the distance is gradually stretched.
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