Michael Gerard "Mike" Tyson (also known as Malik Abdul Aziz) (born June 30, 1966) is a retired American professional boxer. Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months and 22 days old.
But his personality continued to prove a roadblock for happiness. In late 2006, he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and felony drug possession, which resulted in 24 hours in jail and 360 hours of community service. Tyson checked himself into a rehabilitation facility, which helped to stave off a year-long sentence.
On June 11, 2005, Tyson stunned the boxing world by quitting before the start of the seventh round in a close bout against journeyman Kevin McBride. After losing the third of his last four fights, Tyson said he would quit boxing because he no longer had “the fighting guts or the heart anymore.
In 2003 Tyson declared bankruptcy despite receiving over US$30 million for several of his fights and $300 million during his career.
The Champion twice stumbled across the ring like that of a child trying to take their first step, falling into the ropes and the ringside media. Finally, Mills Lane got hold of the defeated Berbick and helped him find his equilibrium. Tyson had become the youngest-ever heavyweight champion at 20 years and 145 days, a record previously held by Floyd Patterson.
The rematch took place on June 28, 1997 at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena and became one of the most controversial events in modern sports. The fight was stopped at the end of the third round, with Tyson disqualified for biting Holyfield on both ears. The first time he bit him the match was temporarily stopped. Referee Mills Lane deducted two points from Tyson and the fight resumed. However, after the match resumed, Tyson did it again: this time Tyson was disqualified and Holyfield won the match.
Tyson reflected on being a former drug addict and his life living in Las Vegas. He says he would start his days by going to a club at 2 o'clock a.m.
"I'd be sitting down and drinking and doing cocaine, talking to girls, doing anything. Everything," said Tyson. "Then I make it home and I'm tripping out at home."
He went onto say that he doesn't know how it happened, but he is very "fortunate" to have his wife and kids, living a very different life.
With nicknames like “Iron Mike,” “Kid Dynamite,” and “The Baddest Man on the Planet,” it’s no surprise that Tyson was once the most feared fighter in all of boxing. One look at the long list of his victories and accomplishments is all that it takes to see that he is one of boxing’s all time greats. While most fight fans know that Tyson was once the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, few realize that before Tyson, no boxer had ever won the three biggest belts in prizefighting—the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles. None, besides Tyson, have ever owned them simultaneously.
He introduced the aspiring boxer to legendary boxing manager Constantine "Cus" D'Amato, who had a gym in Catskill, New York. D'Amato was known for taking personal interest in promising fighters, even providing them room and board in the home he shared with companion Camille Ewald...he immediately recognized Tyson's promise as a heavyweight contender, telling him, "If you want to stay here, and if you want to listen, you could be the world heavyweight champion someday." Tyson agreed to stay.
Tyson grew up fatherless and with a mother who was less than diligent in her child raising. Allowed to rampage on the mean streets of Brooklyn, Tyson found trouble quickly. Bullied for his crummy clothes and awkward demeanor, Tyson soon found he could resolve problems with his fists. A city worker who tried to disassemble his pigeon coup was left for dead by a young Tyson. By the time he hit double-digits in age, he was already knocking out grown men on the streets.
Mike Tyson is a retired boxer and a former WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion. In his 58-fight career, Tyson won 50 of those matches, 44 of them by KO. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011.
Mike Tyson Highlights - Destroyer In Prime
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Known for his menacing demeanor and devastating power, Tyson was capable of defeating opponents with a single blow, which quickly sent him to the top of his profession, while immortalizing him in pop culture as the "baddest man on the planet." A childhood spent in poverty and violence did not prepare him for the scrutiny he endured in the public eye, and poor judgment and criminal behavior helped to unseat him from his position at the peak of his powers in the late 1990s...Mike Tyson's spectacular power, terrible fall from grace and numerous attempts to reclaim his life as his own made him at once one of the most vilified and tragic figures in American sports history.
Mike Tyson wants his next knockout to be on Broadway.
The former boxer announced Monday that he will team up with director Spike Lee to bring his one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” to the Longacre Theatre for six nights only, July 31 to Aug. 5...“I’m very vulnerable and I’m just telling you who I am and where I’m from and how this happened,” Tyson said at a news conference at the Longacre, wearing white pants, a white shirt and a gray jacket.