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Since his retirement the former heavyweight world champion has returned to his first love – racing pigeons

No wonder Mike Tyson likes pigeons. They are very much the bruisers of the bird world; from the wrong side of the tracks, just like him. Nobody likes them and they don't care (not if some of the flyblown specimens that come sauntering up to you in Trafalgar Square are anything to go by). Some even look bashed up around the beak a little, as if they might recently have gone 12 rounds with a passing starling.

Iron Mike conceived his love for these varmints in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where he grew up. He and his mates would take wood off old buildings when it was no longer needed – at least, it was no longer needed once Mike said he wanted it – and build pigeon coops to which they would escape from the mayhem on the »

- Martin Kelner

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