Mike Tyson. Source: Donald Kravitz/Getty Images

Mike Tyson is a former professional boxer from the United States who competed from 1985 to 2005. Tyson is widely regarded as one of the best heavyweight boxers of all-time.

He was the first heavyweight boxer to hold the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles all at the same time, and the only heavyweight to do so in a row. Mike Tyson’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million as of 2021.

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Early life

On June 30, 1966, Michael Gerard Tyson was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City. He has an older brother named Rodney and an older sister named Denise, who died of a heart attack in February 1990 at the age of 24. Tyson spent his childhood in and around high-crime neighbourhoods.

Tyson was repeatedly caught committing minor infractions and fighting those who mocked his high-pitched voice and lisp. He’d been arrested 38 times by the time he was 13 years old.

He was eventually enrolled at the Tryon School for Boys in Johnstown, New York. Bobby Stewart, a juvenile detention centre counsellor and former boxer, discovered Tyson’s developing boxing ability there.

Stewart thought Tyson was a great fighter and trained him for a few months before introducing him to Cus D’Amato. Tyson dropped out of high school when he was in his junior year. In 1989, he received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Central State University.

Career Overview

Tyson won gold medals as an amateur at the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympic Games, defeating Joe Cortez in 1981 and Kelton Brown in 1982.

From 1987 to 1990, he was the undisputed world heavyweight champion. Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, including 12 in the first round. Tyson is the youngest heavyweight champion in history, having won his first title at the age of 20 years, four months, and 22 days.

Tyson became the lineal champion the following year when he knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds of the first round. In 1990, Tyson was knocked out in the tenth round by underdog Buster Douglas, in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992 and sentenced to six years in prison, but was released on parole after three years. Following his release in 1995, he engaged in a series of comeback fights, regaining the WBA and WBC titles in 1996, joining Floyd Patterson, Muhammad Ali, Tim Witherspoon, Evander Holyfield, and George Foreman as the only men in boxing history to regain a heavyweight title after losing it.

Tyson was well-known for his ferocious and intimidating boxing style, as well as his controversial behaviour both inside and outside of the ring. He was ranked 16th on The Ring magazine’s list of the 100 greatest punchers of all time, and first on ESPN’s list of “The Hardest Hitters in Heavyweight History” with an 88 percent knockout-to-win percentage. Tyson has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame as well as the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Professional career

On March 6, 1985, Tyson made his professional debut as an 18-year-old in Albany, New York. He defeated Hector Mercedes by TKO in the first round. In his first year as a professional, he had 15 fights.

Tyson received his first title fight on November 22, 1986, when he faced Trevor Berbick for the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight championship.

Tyson won the title by TKO in the second round, making him the youngest heavyweight champion in history at the age of 20 years and 4 months. After defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker in 1987, he added the WBA and IBF titles to his collection.

Mike Tyson vs Trevor Berbick. Source: USA Today

On March 7, 1987, Tyson defended his title against James Smith in Las Vegas, Nevada. He won by unanimous decision, adding Smith’s World Boxing Association (WBA) title to his own.

On August 1, he defeated Tony Tucker in a twelve-round unanimous decision by scores of 119–111, 118–113, and 116–112. He was the first heavyweight to hold all three major belts – WBA, WBC, and IBF – simultaneously. In October of that year, Tyson defeated 1984 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Tyrell Biggs by TKO in the seventh round.

Comeback

Tyson easily won his comeback fights against Peter McNeeley and Buster Mathis Jr. after being released from prison. Tyson’s first comeback fight grossed more than US$96 million worldwide, including a US PPV television record of $63 million. Tyson won the WBA title in September of that year by defeating champion Seldon in the first round. Seldon was heavily chastised and mocked in the popular press for seemingly collapsing to Tyson’s innocuous punches.

Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield

Tyson faced Holyfield in a title fight on November 9, 1996, in Las Vegas, Nevada. In an unexpected turn of events, Holyfield, who was given little chance of victory by many commentators, defeated Tyson by TKO in round eleven when referee Mitch Halpern stopped the fight. Holyfield became the second boxer in history to win three heavyweight championships.

On June 28, 1997, Tyson and Holyfield fought again. The fight, which would go on to become one of the most contentious in modern sports history, was called off at the end of the third round, with Tyson disqualified for biting Holyfield on both ears.

When Tyson bit him for the first time, the match was temporarily halted. The fight was restarted after referee Mills Lane deducted two points from Tyson. After the match resumed, Tyson bit him again, resulting in his disqualification, and Holyfield won the match.

Mike Tyson fighting Evander Holyfield. Source: Bleacher Report

Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis

In 2002, Tyson was given the opportunity to reclaim his heavyweight title. The fight took place on June 8 at Memphis, Tennessee’s Pyramid Arena. Lewis dominated the fight and knocked Tyson out in the eighth round with a right hand.

This fight was the highest-grossing pay-per-view event in history at the time, grossing $106.9 million from 1.95 million buys in the United States.

Mike Tyson fighting Lennox Lewis. Source: Reuters

Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr.

Tyson signed a contract in July 2020 to face former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition fight. The fight lasted eight rounds and was declared a draw. The fight was called a draw by three judges: Chad Dawson (76–76 draw), Christy Martin (79–73 for Tyson), and Vinny Pazienza (76–80 for Jones).

Mike Tyson fighting Roy Jones Jr. Source: CBS Sports

Mike Tyson Record

Total fights :
58
Wins :
50
Wins by KO :
44
Losses :
6
No contests :
2
Tyson-Berbick :
1986
Tyson-Tucker :
1987
Tyson-Spinks :
1988
Tyson-Douglas :
1990
Tyson-Holyfield I :
1996
Tyson-Holyfield II : 1997

Mike Tyson

Born :
Michael Gerard Tyson
Nickname(s) :
“Iron Mike, Kid Dynamite, The Baddest Man on the Planet
DOB :
June 30, 1966 
Age :
54
Place :
New York City, U.S.
Spouse(s) :
Robin Givens, Monica Turner, Lakiha Spicer
Children :
8
Weight(s) :
Heavyweight
Height :
5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Reach :
71 in (180 cm)
Stance : Orthodox

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