Jun. 30th, 1966
Brooklyn, New York, USA
5' 11 1/2"
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One of the most frightening human beings ever to step into the boxing ring, Mike Tyson was the model of the supreme gladiator - unbeaten and unbeatable. Never before had one individual captured the attention of the wider world via sport except Muhammad Ali. From 1987-1990, he was the undisputed world heavyweight champion conducting a reign of terror in the prize-fighting ring and earning millions of dollars whilst doing it. He had won the WBC title in November 1986 at the tender age of twenty becoming the youngest heavyweight champion ever. Soon after he claimed the WBA crown from James "Bonecrusher" Smith before beating Tony Tucker for the IBF championship. Brutal victories against the likes of Pinklon Thomas, Tony Tubbs, Larry Holmes, Tyrell Biggs and Michael Spinks confirmed his status as the best in the world.
However, his life outside the ring was as engrossing as his life in it. A short-lived marriage to actress Robin Givens was followed by a catalogue of personal misfortune that ultimately resulted in him losing his world championship to James "Buster" Douglas in Tokyo in February 1990. He was jailed for rape in 1992 and released in 1995. A comeback later that same year saw him beat two opponents before regaining the WBC heavyweight crown in March 1996. He added the WBA crown to his tally by beating Bruce Seldon before getting stopped by the unheralded Evander Holyfield in November 1996. A rematch in June 1997 saw him bite a chunk of Holyfield's ear off - an act that earned him worldwide condemnation. He has continued to fight on and off; a title challenge in 2002 saw him lose in 8 rounds to Lennox Lewis whilst a routine assignment in July 2004 saw him beaten by another British talent, Danny Williams, in 4 rounds. His final fight was a loss to Irishman Kevin McBride in 2005, although to most observers it was clear Tyson had absolutely nothing left. Now he is fighting bankruptcy and a drugs charge, although his status as a cult celebrity still stays strong as well as his boxing legacy.
- In 2000 he fought three times in Europe. His third, against 'Andrzej Golota' (qv), was first a victory, but changed to no-contest after Tyson failed a drug test. The next year he fought only once, knocking out 'Brian Nielsen (I)' (qv) in the seventh round.
- Children by ex-wife 'Monica Turner' (qv): Rayna (b. 14 February 1996) and Amir (b. 5 August 1997).
- Not long after his release from prison, he was ready for a massive return. It was the most anticipated comeback in generations. In August of 1995, he beat 'Peter McNeeley' (qv) in a matter of seconds - 89, to be exact.
- (January 2002) The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted to deny Tyson a license to box in Las Vegas, thereby effectively pulling the plug on an April 6 pay-per-view bout with 'Lennox Lewis' (qv) that was due to air on both HBO and Showtime and could have produced the biggest take for a heavyweight title fight ever.
- His name was dropped from the 1987 classic game _Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (1987) (VG)_ (qv) because the contract for his name was about to expire, and he lost to 'James 'Buster' Douglas' (qv). Since he was no longer the champion, and with his contract expiring soon after, Nintendo no longer wanted Tyson. As a result, the game title became "Punch-Out!" and the last fight was against Mr. Dream, rather than Tyson himself, with Mr. Dream having the same abilities and sayings as Tyson.
- Before the game _"Street Fighter II: V" (1995)_ (qv) came to the USA, there were fighters named Mike Bison who was a 6'5" tall boxer, Balrog who was a Spanish assassin with a claw, and Vega who was the leader of Shadowloo. To avoid a possible lawsuit from Tyson, Capcom (the makers of Street Fighter) had a three-name swap between Mike Bison, Balrog and Vega. After the switch, the boxer became Balrog, the Spanish Assassin became Vega, and the leader of Shadowloo became the shortened M. Bison, without a definite clarification as to what 'M' now stood for.
- Proposed fights with World Wrestling champion 'Hulk Hogan' (qv) and Mixed Martial Art's Champ 'Royce Gracie' (qv) never materialized.
- Was involved in a street fight with former opponent 'Mitchell Green' (qv) in 1988. In 1997 Green won a lawsuit over the incident and was awarded $45,000.