True Stories and Facts about Mike Tyson
Michael Gerard Tyson
June 30, 1966
New York City, U.S.
|Awards||Awards and honors|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Wins by KO||44|
Who is Mike Tyson?
Mike Tyson is an American-born professional boxer, was born in June 1966 in Brownsville, one of New York State. His father’s name was Purcell Tyson, but his son left the family before he was born.
Michael is the youngest child. He has the oldest sister Denise and brother Rodney. Mike Tyson’s childhood was very fragile. He was offended by his peers, the boy in the yard and even his brother. He could not bear himself, and often suffered as a result, returning home with bruises and pocket money.
His only hobby (to this day) is breeding pigeons. Asmall Tyson could not answer the opponent, but managed to represent his pigeons. One day the hooligan ripped off a bird’s head from Mike’s eyes. The boy was so angry that he not only defeated the criminals, but also managed to make everyone respect himself.
From that moment, Mike Tyson was no longer offended. Everyone was afraid of his angry attacks. When the boy grows up, he no longer looks like the vulnerable black boy who might be humiliated. Tyson, 10, is among a group of street robbers. Police quickly became interested in a teenager, and at the age of 13, he was detained in a New York approved school.
The desire to be a boxer at Mike Tyson appeared at this school. Once the legendary boxer Mohammed Ali came there. After talking to him, the boy first thought of sports. After all, even so, he won all the battles. Regarding his wishes, Tyson told his teacher Bobby Stewart that he was a former boxer.
He set the conditions for this person: learn well and calm down. Mike agreed and the situation has improved.
Soon the most successful student of Stuart Mike Tyson surpassed his teacher. To continue improving the talent of the young athlete, Bobby sent the guy to another coach. It was the famous Kas D’Amato. After the death of Tyson’s mother, he took custody of Mike and practically adopted him, taking him to live in his house.
Mike Tyson’s sports biography began at the age of 15. His debut was held at the “Holyoke” club in New York, and his nickname was “Tank”. The pressure of young Tyson is almost unbearable: In 1981, the “tank” lost only one of six battles. The following year,
Mike Tyson participated in the Olympic Junior competition. He won his first opponent in 8 seconds. The final was very exciting: Tyson eliminated Joe Cortes in seconds. That year, the young boxer hit 30 punches. Only 6 of them were lost.
In 1984, the athlete became a candidate for the US Olympic team. After a series of struggles, he should have participated in the Los Angeles Olympics.
Mike Tyson confidently came to the end of his amateur career. In the first round, he eliminated Henry Milligan, became the head of the heavyweight league, and won the Golden Glove Award. Tyson was the winner, but he did not participate in the Olympics and lost to opponent Henry Tillman 3-2 in the qualifying round.
Fans don’t like the referee’s decision to let the weaker Tillman win. They don’t think Tyson was accepted for the Olympic Games because of aggressive behavior and tenacious gameplay.
Kas D’Amato did not let the young boxer be depressed after this unfortunate defeat. He was training Tyson for a professional career. – For this, the famous managers Bill Kayton and Jim Jacobs were invited.
In March 1985, Tyson made his professional debut. His first rival was Hector Mercedes. Mike easily won him in the first round. In January of the same year, the athlete met in the ring with another worthy opponent – Mike Jameson.
He was the first who could fight against Tyson till the 5th round. Then there were Jesse Ferguson, Steve Zoski, James Tillis and others.
For a year, Mike Tyson won 15 fights against strong and professional opponents, beating them all with knockouts. The black boxer chose an unusual image: he went out into the ring in black shorts, and wore his boxers on bare feet.
In the successful 1985 wins of Mike Tyson, in 1985, unfortunately happened: Kas D’Amato, 77, died of pneumonia. For Tyson, it was a huge loss: Cass was not only his coach but also the father of a young boxer. The new coach is Kevin Rooney. The managers hired by Tyson D’Amato, Jacobs and Keithon, continue to work with Mike.
A year later, in November, only 20-year-old Mike Tyson fought for the first time. His competitor, Trevor Berbick, has already won the title-five months before fighting Tyson, he became the WBC champion. Still, the young boxer beat him in the second round. Beating the next opponent, James “Bonebreaker” Smith, was not easy for Mike Tyson. However, the athlete managed to bring a second championship belt to his collection. In August of the same year, Tyson defeated Tony Tucker and won the absolute world championship title in the heavyweight competition.
In 1988, the “Iron Mike” dismissed his entire team and fired Kevin Rooney. Tyson was noticed in bars and pubs. As a consequence there was a defeat in the 10th round of the battle with James “The Bonecrusher” Douglas in Japan in February 1990. After the unfortunate defeat, Mike Tyson got into the clinic.
Return to the ring
In 1995, the “Iron Mike” returned to professional boxing. This return was called the event of the year. Tyson changed the style of his fight. As before, very few people could resist him, but the athlete’s endurance in the second half of the game has now dropped significantly.
In 1996, there was a championship fight between the “Iron Mike” and Frank Bruno. After this fight, the WBC title went to Tyson. In September of the same year, Tyson had a fight against world champion Bruce Seldon. Tyson won the WBA title, after that he was recognized as a three-time world champion. This fight brought the athlete 25 million dollars.
In the fall of 1996, Tyson battled Evander Holyfield. According to the version of The Ring, this battle is considered an annual battle. The fight brought $ 30 million to the boxer and his opponents received $ 5 million. In the summer, Tyson and Holyfield met again.
In one of those rounds, Tyson bit his ears. In response, Holyfield hit his opponent with a brow on his forehead. The scuffle began. Guards and police had to stop it. As a result, Tyson was disqualified. The athletic committee took his boxing license and fined him $ 3 million. But as early as October 1998, the license was returned.
Ending of his career
From this moment, Mike Tyson’s career began to decline. Athletes train less and only participate in the highest rated games. He still won but did not choose the strongest opponent. In the winter of 1999, Mike Tyson almost lost his fight against South Africa’s Francois Botha, underestimating his opponents.
In the fall of 2000, Mike Tyson fought against Andrzej Golota, knocking him out in the first round. But soon, the doping test results of the legendary boxer showed up in his blood cannabis. The battle was declared invalid.
In the summer of 2002, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis met. The fight was the most profitable in boxing history, raising $ 106.9 million. Tyson was ready for the fight, so he lost from the third round and in the fourth round he lost. In the fifth round, Tyson barely defended himself, and in the eighth round he was defeated.
In June 2005, Mike Tyson met in the ring with the little-known Irish boxer Kevin McBride. Of course, the fans put on Tyson. But in the 5th round Mike Tyson began to show fatigue, and in the 6th he sat on the floor and refused to participate in the 7th round. After this fight, Mike Tyson announced that he decided to end his career.
Mike Tyson’s personal life is as difficult as his career. The boxer’s first wife was actress Robin Givens. They married in 1988, but the marriage lasted only one year. After the divorce, the ex-wife received $ 10 million from Mike.
In 1991, Tyson was charged with rape, by one Desiree Washington, after participating in a beauty contest for black participants. Although the girl came to his room, she subsequently declared rape. Tyson was sentenced to 6 years in prison. He was released for good behavior in the spring of 1995. In prison, Mike Tyson accepted Islam.
After a long break, Tyson again decided to marry only in 1997. His wife was Monica Turner, who worked as a pediatrician at the clinic at the University of Georgetown. Together, the couple lived for 6 years. In this marriage, the daughter Raina and the son Amir were born. But in 2003, Monica decided to divorce Mike because of his betrayal.
After a long break, Tyson once again decided to marry only in 1997. His wife is Monica Turner, who works as a pediatrician at the Georgetown University clinic. The couple lived together for 6 years. In this marriage, daughter Raina and son Amir were born. But in 2003, Monica decided to divorce Mike for betrayal.
It turned out that the woman was not mistaken: In 2002, Mike Tyson’s mistress gave birth to his son Miguel Leon. After the divorce, the boxer began living with his mistress, who gave birth to his daughter Exodus in 2005. The girl died at the age of four.
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