Mike Tyson is a former professional boxer from the United States who had a successful 20-year career in the sport. The boxer has been through a lot of bumps in his 20-year long career.
During his career, he was considered to be the undisputed world champion in the heavyweight category. He still holds the record of being the youngest boxer ever to win a title. He won his heavyweight title at the age of 20.
Throughout his career, he had acquired over $300 million, but he ended up losing it all by the end of his career.
Mike Tyson was born on 30 June, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York. The fighter had two siblings. However, one of them died of a heart attack at the age of 24.
Even though Tyson’s biological father isPurcell Tyson, he considered Jimmy Kirkpatrick to be his father. Kirkpatrick was a native of North Carolina and the best baseball players in his neighbourhood.
Kirkpatrick later went to abandon Tyson’s family. Tyson also lost his mother at the age of 16. These incidents left him in the hands of his boxing manager, Cus D’Amato.
In several interviews, Tyson spoke about spending his youth in and near high-crime districts. He had also stated that his first fight was with a larger youth who had reaped the head off one of his pigeons.
Right from the age of 10, Tyson indulged in several crimes. He was arrested 38 times by the age of 13. Even though he attended Tryon School for Boys in Johnstown, he dropped out in high school.
Mike Tyson made his first professional debut at the age of 18. He had, however, fought as an amateur in the Junior Olympics.
After winning 26 of his first 28 fights by KO or TKO, he soon rose to become the champion. People felt Tyson would be unbeatable for a long time. That is, until Buster Douglas appeared. Douglas’ mother died before the fight after telling everyone that her son would beat Tyson.
Douglas managed to go through more rounds with Tyson than anyone else had, and once there, he saw that Tyson began to lose energy and endurance rapidly after the 5th or 6th round.
Tyson’s reputation was severely tarnished after he was sentenced to 6 years in prison for rape. He attempted a comeback following his prison time, but it was short-lived.
Mike Tyson once had a net worth of $300 million. Tyson’s net worth has dropped to $3 million after spending money frivolously and facing the consequences of some of his activities.
Tyson had a collection of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, a Range Rover, a Mercedes-Benz 500, and a 1995 Rolls Royce.