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Yung Chang On Meeting Mike Tyson In China
May 9, 2012
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Canadian filmmaker Yung Chang talks about his new documentary "China Heavyweight", which brought him face to face with boxing legend Mike Tyson. The doc follows two young Chinese boxers and their coach, as they pursue a sport than was banned for decades inside the country.

He's in the red chair tonight, along with activists Craig and Marc Kielburger.

On his meeting with Iron Mike:
So, Mike Tyson took my puppy, and he was like, 'This is such a cute puppy, oh my god, this puppy is so beautiful!' And, he said... and I took this as my opportunity, you know, 'Mike, I'm making a documentary about boxing. Will you come and sit down with us and look at some footage?' And he was so supportive of the footage he was seeing in the film. He felt that, you know, he grew up in hardship as well, and he could see the mirror of what these boys were going through - these tobacco farming boys, picked out of obscurity to become boxing champion - and he could connect to it.


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