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Mike Tyson Coming Home to Brooklyn for Book Signing

By Paul DeBenedetto | December 13, 2013 10:45am
 Mike Tyson will sign his new memoir, "Undisputed Truth," at Restoration Plaza on Dec. 13.
Mike Tyson will sign his new memoir, "Undisputed Truth," at Restoration Plaza on Dec. 13.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — This book packs a real punch.

Mike Tyson, one of professional boxing's most successful and controversial fighters, will sign copies of his memoir "Undisputed Truth" at Restoration Plaza on Friday.

Tyson, who grew up in Brownsville and Bed-Stuy, was the first and youngest heavyweight fighter to hold all three titles at once, but is perhaps best known for his exploits outside the ring, including a three-year stint in prison for the rape of an 18-year-old.

The boxer is also known for biting off part of former champion Evander Holyfield's ear during a bout.

Now "Iron Mike" is telling all in his new book, and fans can line up to meet the boxing legend Friday at 6 p.m. at 1368 Fulton St.

The opportunity came about thanks to a partnership between Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and Greenlight Bookstore. The Fort Greene bookstore received word that Tyson wanted to come back to his old stomping grounds for a signing.

"We thought, 'Wow, that's a really perfect fit,'" said Greenlight co-owner Jessica Bagnulo. "We're thrilled to be able to play a small part in bringing him back to his hometown."

Bagnulo, who previously helped Restoration host basketball legend Earl "the Pearl" Monroe this summer and actor Hill Harper in November, said that despite having a co-author, the book is an honest portrayal of the boxer's life.

"It's very much his voice," Bagnulo said. "It's a really complex picture of someone struggling with their demons."

The book will sell for a discounted price of $25, and the signing follows a community tree-lighting ceremony in the building's west plaza, which includes free hot chocolate and raffles.

Restoration Executive Vice President Tracey Capers said the organization expected "hundreds" to line up for the signing.

"He has roots in Bed-Stuy, and he also lived in Brownsville, so it fits perfectly," Capers said. "A goal we've always had is to bring authors and topics to the community."