The name Mike Tyson quickly calls to mind boxing rings and knockouts. Mike Tyson was a famed boxer who though now retired had made a name for himself in the sport, turning it into a brilliant career that will most likely be recalled for decades. He also had several bad spots in the course of that career but has made a pretty impressive comeback even if not in boxing.
Mike Tyson Biography
Mike Tyson was born on June 30, 1966, in the proud city of Brooklyn, New York. Tyson first raised eyebrows in 1982 at the Junior Olympics, where he won the silver medal. Three years later, he made his professional debut against Hector Mercedes. The fight ended with a knockout for him.
He was only twenty years old when he became the world’s youngest heavyweight boxing champ in 1986. That year was an important time in boxing because Muhammad Ali had left the position of sport’s ambassador and had consequently left a huge void in the sport.
The search was on for a new hero of boxing and Mike Tyson stepped in as a fresh new face for the heavyweight division. He fought with many of the best heavyweight boxers of the world. He defeated and won the belts from James Smith, Tony Tucker, and Pinklon Thomas. He was really on the top of the world.
Mike Tyson would, however, lose the title in 1990 and face a dark period where he served three years in jail on rape charges. The incident where he bit the ear of an opponent during a rematch in 1997 did not also help his reputation.
Mike Tyson Boxing Record
The 1986 world’s youngest heavyweight boxing champ also holds these records and awards;
- A career marked with 50 wins out of 58 total fights
- 44 wins by KO
- The 1985 Ring magazine Prospect of the Year
- The Ring magazine Fighter of the Year for 1986 and 1988
- Sugar Ray Robinson Award winner in 1987 and 1989
- The 1989 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality
- An honorary doctorate in humane letters from the Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio in 1989
- Class of 2011 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee
- Class of 2012 WWE Hall of Fame
- The 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (as a cast member of The Hangover)
Mike Tyson Net Worth
Now that he is retired from boxing, Mike Tyson’s net worth is estimated at $3 million. But when he had his brilliant career as the youngest ever world heavyweight champion, his net worth was north of $300 million. He retired with a 50-6 record (44 knockouts), earning him a place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Mike Tyson’s career earnings totaled about $400 million.
Mike Tyson’s net worth increased with the release of Nintendo game, in 1987, called “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!! He began to live lavish, Mike had a great car collection, luxurious mansions and even kept Bengali Tigers. He even bought his now ex-wife a $2.3 million bathtub for a birthday present.
Mike was living it up but it wasn’t so long until things began to go south. His wife filed for divorce as a result of domestic abuse. Mike also fired his long-time trainer and mentor Kevin Rooney. Without Rooney by his side, Mike began to lose fights and soon became overweight. Soon he was stripped off his heavyweight boxing title.
Things even got worse when he was convicted in 1992 to 10 years behind bars for raping an 18-year-old model by name Desiree Washington. In 1995 after doing 3 years jail time, he tried to restore his reputation in the ring. Things began to look bright as he effortlessly won his first two fights, but again, with his own actions, he ruined everything. This time acting like a zombie, he bit a chunk of flesh off an opponent’s (Robin Givens) ear. This took a toll on his newly reborn career. He filed for bankruptcy in 2003 and retired two years later in 2005.
In recent years, Mike seems to have turned a new leaf. He now lives off a couple of endorsements and media gigs. He starred in 2009 film, The Hangover. In 2013 his one-man show “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” where he talks about his personal life on stage was put on a 36-city 3-month tour.
See Also: Tyson’s New $2.5 million Nevada Mansion
Mike Tyson House
In 2016, Mike Tyson sold his Las Vegas home and upgraded to a bigger house in the same neighbourhood. His new home in Henderson, Nevada is a two-story, 8,149-square-foot mansion which he, apparently, bought for $2.5million according to Clark County records.
Mike Tyson Wife, Children
With all the money and media attention, it is not surprising that Mike Tyson had a pretty busy dating life. In 1988, however, he married television actress Robin Givens. The marriage was not to last and by June 1988, allegations of spousal abuse started to arise in the media. By February 14, 1989, the split between Mike Tyson and his first wife was complete.
Mike Tyson next married Monica Turner and the marriage lasted for six years this time around. Monica Turner filed for divorce from him in 2003 on grounds of adultery. Mike Tyson married his third wife, Lakiha “Kiki” Spicer, in 2009 and this time the marriage seems to have stuck.
Currently, Mike Tyson has seven known children — — with multiple women, some of whom continue to remain anonymous to the media. They include Gena, Rayna, Amir, D’Amato Kilrain, Mikey Lorna, Miguel Leon, and Exodus.
Is Mike Tyson Dead or Alive
Given the fact that Mike Tyson has appeared in several films, with his post-boxing endeavors even stretching to a documentary and Broadway show on his life, he will certainly be living in the minds of people long after he is gone. The ex-boxer is still very much alive right now despite a death hoax that claimed he died in April 2016.