Mike Tyson was born on June 30, 1966, in Brooklyn , New York and he is an American former professional boxer. Nicknamed “Iron Mike” and “Kid Dynamite,” he competed from 1985 to 2005.
He is one of the most famous athletes in the world.
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”
Mike Tyson Biography
His father was appearing to have been “Purcell Tyson“, originally from Jamaica, although the man he knew as his father was Jimmy Kirkpatrick, from North Carolina who had a son, Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick.
In 1959, his father left his family and he moved to Brooklyn, where he met Tyson’s mother, Lorna Mae Smith.
His father was leaving the family around the time Mike was borned, leaving Tyson’s mother to care for her children.
He had an older brother named Rodney, and an older sister with the name Denise, who died of a heart attack at age 24 in February 1990.They was living in Bedford-Stuyvesant until they was moving to Brownsville when he was 10 years old. His mother died six years later.
He is currently 56 years old.
The former wrestler have a strong and muscular frame that measures 52 inches in the chest, 36 inches in the waist and 18.5 inches in the biceps.
The body of him stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches or 1.78 meters and weighs around 75 kg. He has a bald head with a grayish-white beard and mustache and dark brown eyes. In addition, he has a tattoo on his face.
Funny Mike Tyson Quotes
- “Everyone has a plan ’til they get punched in the mouth.”
- “I could feel his muscle tissues collapsing under my force. It’s ridiculous that these mortals would even try to enter my realm.”
- “I just want to conquer people and their souls.”
- “I’m a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star, I grab a handful of clouds.”
- “As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want.”
He is very active on different social media platforms with verified accounts.
He has a Facebook handle under his name with over 21 million followers. On Instagram, he has an account. @Mike Tyson with 14.7 million followers. He has a @Mike Tyson twitter account with 5.6 million followers.
Mike Tyson Career
Mike Tyson Boxing
In 1979 after committing several robberies and hold-ups, he was committed to a reformatory in upstate New York where he met Cus D’Amato , Cus D’Amato’s manager and boxing trainer.
In 1980 he was released into the custody of D’Amato who became his legal guardian in 1985.
Mike Tyson As A Professional
After a brilliant amateur career , he was becaming a professional in 1985, the year in which he won 14 fights, 11 of them by KO in the first round.By the end of 1987 he had won the World Boxing Association ( WBA ) and International Boxing Federation titles and defended both crowns.
In 1989 his professional record was 37-0, with 33 wins by KO. Despite his professional success, he again had personal and legal problems.In 1988, after a brief and turbulent marriage, he separated from his wife, actress Robin Givens.
He also sued his manager, teamed up with controversial promoter Don King , and fired his longtime manager. In 1990 he lost the heavyweight title to James Buster Douglas in a match considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.
Mike Tyson Jail
In 1992 he was accused of raping a young woman who was participating in a beauty pageant and was sentenced to ten years in prison, of which four were remitted, and he was ordered to pay a $30,000 fine.
After his sentence was remitted for good behavior, he was released from prison in April 1995 to resume his boxing career.
“My greatest weakness is my sensitivity. I am a very sensitive person”
Mike Tyson Nibble
In September 1996 he was reconquering the world heavyweight title (WBA version) but lost it in November of the same year against Evander Holyfield .
In the rematch, played between the two in June 1997, he was starring in one of the most unpleasant anecdotes in boxing history when he was disqualified after biting off part of Holyfield’s ear .
When he was 35 years old, he fought again for the world title against Lennox Lewis and was defeated again. He retired three years later.
Mike Tyson Bankruptcy
“True freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn’t have a penny”
In 2003, he filed for bankruptcy, and that’s after cashing in $30 million in some of his fights and about $300 million in his career total.
In late 2010 it was announced that he would be inducted into the Boxing Hall Of Fame in June 2011 alongside Julio César Chávez and Rocky Balboa .
With a knockout percentage of 88%, 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 Punchers in Boxing History” for heavyweights.
Mike Tyson Titles
Mike Tyson Charities
He has been actively involved with various charities. He is the founder of the “Mike Tyson Cares Foundation”.
He also supported the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation.
He recently traded blows with Roy Jones Jr. at an exhibition to raise money for other charities.
Mike Tyson Net Worth
As of 2022, Mike Tyson’s net worth is $10 million US dollars . In the late 1980s, he was considered the highest paid player in the world. During his career, Tyson earned around $400 million.
Adding in his endorsement income, the figure rose to $500 million at the time. The boxer recently admitted that he ruined her in just 15 years.
He was collaborating with the game company Nintendo. They were impressed with Tyson and wanted to include him in the Nintendo Entertainment System port of ‘Punch Out!’. ‘Mike Tyson’s hit!’ was released in 1987 and sold over a million copies. The game was also well received by critics.
The high point of Tyson’s boxing career came in 1988 when he faced Michael Spinks in the ring. At the time, the fight was the richest fight in history and Tyson’s expectations were high. Tyson won the fight after just 91 seconds when he knocked out Spinks in the first round.
He lost most of the money he had earned during his boxing career, which according to the figures amounted to 300 million dollars. Although he felt that he had failed in his life in many ways, he was able to turn his financial fortune around.
He has published two books, debuted in a one-man show in Las Vegas and has made numerous television and film appearances. He now lives in a luxury property in Seven Hills Nevada.
Mike Tyson Personal Life
His first marriage was to actress Robin Givens, famous for her work on the series Head of the Class . It lasted from February 7, 1988 to February 14, 1989.
Their coexistence was difficult, with reports of violence, spousal abuse due to Tyson’s mental instability. Givens described him as “manic depressive”.
He had no children but she claimed to have had a miscarriage .His second marriage was to Monica Turner, and it lasted from April 19, 1997 to January 14, 2003.
Turner worked as a pediatrician at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC. She is the sister of Michael Steele, a former lieutenant governor of Maryland and former chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Turner filed for divorce from him in January 2002, claiming that she had committed adultery during her marriage. The couple had two children, Rayna and Amir.
On May 25, 2009, her four-year-old daughter, Exodus, was found by her brother Miguel with an exercise rope wrapped around her neck; the event occurred while the children’s mother was cleaning the house and Exodus was playing in one of the rooms.
She was taken to a hospital in the city of Phoenix, in the state of Arizona, where she remained in critical condition until she died on May 26, 2009.
Eleven days after her daughter’s death, Tyson married for the third time, with his girlfriend Lakiha “Kiki” Spicer, 32. They were parents of Milan and Morocco.
He is a father of eight children with different women; in addition to his biological children, he recognized the eldest daughter of his second wife as his own.