Mike Tyson – The Powerful Allure

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Mike Tyson
Full NameMichael Gerard Tyson
DOBJune 30, 1966
ProfessionBoxer, Film producer
Mike Tyson Personal Information

Mike Tyson is a former  professional boxer from the United States who competed from 1985 until 2005. Tyson is regarded as one of the all-time best heavyweight boxers. From 1987 through 1990, he was the undisputed world heavyweight champion. Tyson was undefeated in his first 19 professional fights, with 12 of them coming in the first round. Tyson holds the record for being the youngest heavyweight champion in history, having won his first title at the age of 20 years, four months, and 22 days.

Mike Tyson was the first heavyweight boxer to hold the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles at the same time, and the only heavyweight to unify all three titles in the same fight. Tyson became the lineal champion the following year when he knocked out Michael Spinks in the opening round in 91 seconds. In one of the biggest surprises in boxing history, Tyson was knocked out by underdog Buster Douglas in 1990.

Tyson was recognized for his frightening and violent boxing technique, as well as his contentious behavior both inside and beyond the ring. He was placed 16th on The Ring magazine’s list of the 100 best 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.

Mike Tyson Early Life

mike tyson early life

On June 30, 1966, Michael Gerard Tyson was born in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. Rodney, his older brother, died of a heart attack at the age of 24 in February 1990, and Denise, his older sister, died of a heart attack at the age of 24. On his birth certificate, Tyson’s biological father is listed as “Purcell Tyson,” although Tyson grew up knowing Jimmy Kirkpatrick as his father.

Kirkpatrick married and had a son, Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick, Tyson’s half-brother, who helped integrate Charlotte high school football in 1965. Jimmy Kirkpatrick left his family and came to Brooklyn in 1959, where he met Lorna Mae Tyson, Tyson’s mother.

The family lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant until Tyson was ten years old, when financial constraints forced them to relocate to Brownsville. Tyson’s mother died six years later, leaving him in the care of Cus D’Amato, a boxing manager and trainer who would later become his legal guardian.

Mike Tyson later said, “I never saw my mother happy with me and proud of me for doing something: she only knew me as being a wild kid running the streets, coming home with new clothes that she knew I didn’t pay for. I never got a chance to talk to her or know about her. Professionally, it has no effect, but it’s crushing emotionally and personally.”

Tyson was captured on multiple occasions committing minor offenses and fighting others who mocked his high-pitched voice and lisp. He had been arrested 38 times by the age of 13. He ended up at Johnstown, New York’s Tryon School for Boys. Bobby Stewart, a juvenile detention facility counselor and former boxer, spotted Tyson’s budding boxing talent there. Stewart thought Tyson was a great boxer and spent a few months training him before introducing him to Cus D’Amato.

 Tyson was a junior when he dropped out of high school. In 1989, Central State University bestowed upon him an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. Teddy Atlas occasionally assisted Kevin Rooney in training Tyson, but Atlas was fired by D’Amato when Tyson was 15 years old.

Mike Tyson Boxing Career

Mike Tyson made his professional debut as an 18-year-old in Albany, New York, on March 6, 1985. He TKO’d Hector Mercedes in the first round. In his debut year as a professional, he had 15 fights. Tyson won 26 of his first 28 fights by KO or TKO, with 16 of them coming in the first round.

Mike Tyson’s first nationally televised fight came against journeyman heavyweight Jesse Ferguson on February 16, 1986, at Houston Field House in Troy, New York, and was shown on ABC Sports. Ferguson was knocked out in the fifth round with a Tyson punch that shattered his nose.

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Mike Tyson met former world title contender Marvis Frazier in Glens Falls, New York, on another ABC Sports telecast in July, after scoring six consecutive knockout victories. Tyson easily won by charging at Frazier at the start of the fight and hitting him with an uppercut that knocked him out thirty seconds later.

Tyson’s first title fight was against Trevor Berbick for the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight championship on November 22, 1986. Tyson won the championship 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 championships to his collection.

Tyson’s explosive punching technique was largely due to his stooping shortly before delivering a hook or an uppercut, which allowed his legs to’spring’ into the punch, adding force. A right hook to his opponent’s body followed by a right uppercut to his opponent’s chin was one of his defining moves. This combo brought down Lorenzo Boyd, Jesse Ferguson, and José Ribalta.

Mike Tyson’s World Tour

Mike Tyson declared that he will be conducting a series of exhibition bouts called Tyson’s World Tour to help pay off his debts. Tyson fought for the first time in 2006 in Youngstown, Ohio, in a four-round exhibition against journeyman heavyweight Corey Sanders. Tyson, who was 5 ft 10.5 in and weighed 216 pounds without headgear, was in good form but far from his prime when he faced Sanders, who stood 6 ft 6 in and wore headgear. Tyson appeared to be “holding back” in the display in order to keep the “show” from ending too soon.

The money I make isn’t going to help my bills from a tremendous standpoint, but I’m going to feel better about myself. I’m not going to be depressed”, explained Tyson about the reasons for his “comeback”.The rest of the tour was canceled when the bout was negatively welcomed by fans.

Mike Tyson Personal Life

Mike Tyson lives in the Nevada town of Seven Hills. He has three wives and seven children, one of whom is deceased; in addition to his biological children, Tyson considers his second wife’s oldest daughter to be one of his own.From February 7, 1988, to February 14, 1989, he was married to actress Robin Givens. Givens was most recognized for her role in the sitcom Head of the Class at the time. Tyson’s marriage to Givens was particularly rocky, with charges of domestic violence, spousal abuse, and mental instability.

Monica Turner was Tyson’s second wife from April 19, 1997 to January 14, 2003. Turner was a pediatric resident at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. at the time of the divorce filing.

In January 2002, Turner filed for divorce from Tyson, stating that he had committed adultery throughout their five-year marriage, which “has not been forgiven nor condoned.” Amir, a son, and Ramsey, a non-binary child, were born to the couple.

“The more I look at churches and mosques, the more I see the devil,” Tyson said in November 2013. However, in a December 2013 interview with Fox News, Tyson stated that he is grateful to be a Muslim and that he requires Allah’s presence in his life. In the same interview, Tyson discussed his sobriety progress and how being around good people has inspired him to be a better and more humble person.

Mike Tyson declared his support for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2015.

Mike Tyson Boxing Awards

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1. Ring magazine Prospect of the Year (1985)

2. 2× Ring magazine Fighter of the Year (1986, 1988)

3. 2× Sugar Ray Robinson Award winner (1987, 1989)

4. BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality (1989)

5. International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee (Class of 2011)

6. “Guirlande d’Honneur” by the FICTS (Milan, 2010) 

7. WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2012)

Top 8 Famous Quotes by Mike Tyson

1. Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.

2. As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want.

3. Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people; greatness is being accepted by the people.

4. I’m a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds

5. It’s good to be successful and have financial status but if you’re only gonna live for the money, you’re only gonna reach a certain status and I’m in there for greatness and peace of mind.

6. If they don’t have that extreme addict personality, you can never understand how a guy can blow 300 or 400 million dollars. If I have to live at the top of the world, I also have to live at the bottom of the ocean. I don’t know how to live in the middle of life

7. We live in a society where we basically live and strive on what people think about us. We’re more visual people so what we see is basically what we believe which is not necessarily true

8. One of my friends once saw another guy’s (criminal) record and said, ‘Look, this guy is a born troublemaker, just a loser.’ I had to tell him, ‘No, that’s my record—and it doesn’t include my juvenile history. – Mike Tyson