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ABC News takes a swing at Tyson doc

ABC News in the US has commissioned a two-part feature documentary about world champion boxer Mike Tyson, chronicling his rise to fame, fall from grace and eventual comeback.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson: The Knockout will air on ABC between 20.00 and 22.00 EDT on Tuesday May 25, with the second two-hour episode airing at the same time the following Tuesday.

Disney-owned US streamer Hulu holds next-day on-demand rights to the doc which will feature footage from new interviews with Tyson as well as his former opponents and supporters.

At the end of February, Tyson criticised plans announced by Hulu to make the eight-part drama series Iron Mike, supposedly without his permission.

In retaliation, less than a month later Tyson announced a self-made biopic series with Jamie Foxx playing the boxer. Training Day’s Antoine Fuqua is set to direct.

The Knockout is being produced by ABC News, with Roxanna Sherwood as senior executive producer. Geoffrey Fletcher is exec producer and director of animation.

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