Mike Tyson, a world-renowned boxer, was born on June 30, 1966. Tyson’s childhood was difficult. However, this former boxer managed to develop a prominent career and win the admiration of fans worldwide. Tyson was an undefeated worldwide champion from 1987 to 1990. No one could withstand him in the boxing ring at the time. His aggressive and intimidating fighting style stamped his name in the boxing industry. Let’s celebrate Tyson’s birthday by learning about his life.
Michael Gerard Tyson
Iron Mike, Kid Dynamite, The Baddest Man on the Planet
June 30, 1966
Michael Gerard Tyson, popularly known as Mike Tyson, was the greatest boxing champion between 1985 and 1990. He is one of the most famous boxers of all time. Tyson was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father abandoned him and his siblings when Tyson was just a toddler. His mom, Lorna Lee Tyson, raised them alone. Tyson’s family had several financial issues; they had to move and live in a high crime-rate neighborhood. By age 13, Tyson had been arrested 38 times for minor crimes, mostly street fights. Tyson attended Tryon School for Boys in New York. There, former boxer Bobby Stewart discovered his fighting abilities. Stewart trained Tyson for a few months and introduced him to Cus D’amato. D’amato became Tyson’s manager and eventually his legal guardian after his mother died when he was 16.
At the beginning of his career, Tyson won two gold medals at the Junior Olympic Games — in 1981 against Joe Cortez and 1982 against Ketton Brown. Tyson made his professional debut in 1985; he defeated Hector Mercedes in Albany, New York. From 1985 to 1990, Tyson was the undefeated world heavyweight champion. In 1986, he broke the record as the youngest boxer in the world to hold a heavyweight title — he was 20 years old. One of the most important fights of his career was in 1988; Tyson beat the undefeated boxer Michael Spinks in the first 91 seconds of the first round.
In 1990, Buster Douglas defeated Tyson who had not lost a fight in almost five years. Tyson was devastated. That fight marked a timeline in Tyson’s career. Tyson is still considered one of the greatest boxers of all time. He has been married thrice and has seven children. Tyson lives in Nevada with his wife, Lakisha Spicer.
Tyson defeats Cortez in the Junior Olympic Games.
Tyson makes his debut as a professional boxer in Albany, New York.
Tyson wins his first championship, which marks the beginning of his undefeated streak.
Tyson defeats the unbeatable champion, Spinks.
Why We Love Mike Tyson
He strove to succeed
Tyson had a rough childhood. He still managed to use his abilities for something good. He became one of the most important boxers in the world.
He owns a foundation
The former boxer has a foundation. It helps people with lower incomes to have access to a better life.
He helped to establish a charity
Tyson helped in creating We 2 Matter. This charity provides support to female ex-convicts by reintegrating them into society.
5 Surprising Facts
Muhamad Ali inspired him
Tyson met Ali as a kid.
He was celibate for five years
Tyson said sex made him weaker in the ring.
He loves birds
Tyson spent $100 on pigeons when he was 10 years old and put them on a roof.
He has a video game
“Punch-Out!!” was released on Nintendo in 1987.
He’s in the Hall of Fame
Tyson is in the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
Mike Tyson FAQs
Who was better, Ali or Tyson?
Both were great boxers.
When was Tyson's last fight?
His last fight was against McBride on June 11, 2005.
Is Tyson the best boxer of all time?
Tyson is one of the best boxers of all time.
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