April 19, 2014

Andrew McChesney is a journalist in Russia.

Flee the Comfort Zone With Mike Tyson and Me

It didn’t bother me the first few times that Marilyn Murray mentioned Mike Tyson over dinner at a Moscow pizzeria. But when she evoked his name a fourth time I blurted out: “What’s wrong with him? It’s not normal to bite off people’s ears.”

If anyone knew the answer, it would be Marilyn, the only woman in the world whom the former boxing champion refers to as “Mom.”

Marilyn Murray, 77, isn’t Tyson’s biological mother, who died when he was 16. She’s his adopted mother and a longtime friend. She is also head of a nongovernmental organization in Russia.

Marilyn didn’t blink at my pointed question about Tyson. Instead …

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