Mike Tyson pitches up in Peterborough to show his softer side
- You know something has gone wrong in the ghetto when 'Iron' Mike Tyson joins
the queue in Marks & Spencer to buy sandwiches at lunchtime. In
There was a time when Tyson was a human wrecking-machine, a physical
specimen who eviscerated his opponents, large or extra-large. But here he
was this week, standing coyly in the queue behind two elderly women in
Queensgate Shopping Centre.
Why Peterborough? That is what most of the inhabitants of the Cambridgeshire
town were asking themselves this week.
They are unlikely bedfellows. 'Mike', more of which later, now exudes a
different persona. He is slimmer, VEGAN and humble. The antidepressants have
The void has been filled with prayer. He initially converted to Islam while
in prison in the early 1990s, and arrived in Peterborough from Mecca, via
worked out each morning at the Smashdown Gym, and supped late on VEGAN curry
at The Bombay Brasserie.
"Mike Tyson and his entourage of 12 arrived, they took table 24, a large
round table," explained proud owner Rony Choudhury. "I kept the other diners
away. It was a shock. But he was a very quiet, humble person."
When Tyson left the restaurant, the Peterborough paparazzi pounced. 'The
Baddest Man on The Planet', had been spotted again.