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Yeah, sure, memories of Mike Tyson‘s career as undisputed heavyweight champion have been blurred with visions of police blotters and slapstick cameos in movies, but look who’s still standing. To get where you’re going, you have to know where you have been.

New York Magazine was kind enough to share an excerpt from Undisputed Truth, by Mike Tyson with Larry Sloman, where readers get privy to the former champ as he peels back the layers of his cerebellum to shed light on his gritty childhood.

The candid interview reads like excerpts of an award-winning autobiography; complete with explicit details that don’t hold back any of their bite (sorry Evander). The entire story is worth a read but here are five choice quotes that’ll get you more than psyched for the main event. The book, Undisputed Truth, is in stores November 12. The HBO documentary, Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth airs on November 16 at 8 pm ET.

Photos: YouTube, Robert Sabo, Tysontalk

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