Michael Gerard “Mike” Tyson, also known as Malik Abdul Aziz (b. June 30, 1966 on Brooklyniew New York) – American boxer in the years 1986 to 1990 and 1996, he was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. One of the most brutal fighting boxers, also known as Iron Mike (Iron Mike), famous for the knockout blow, the youngest world heavyweight champion in boxing history (20 years, 4 months and 22 days). He was 16th in the ranking for the best boxer of all time according to The Ring magazine.

Early years

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York as the son of Lorna (nee Smith; d. Tyson when he was 16 years old) and Jimmy Kirkpatrick (d. October 28, 1992). He grew up without a father together with his brother Rodney and sister Denise in a high crime area. He had problems with the law from an early age.

At the age of 13, after one of the robberies, he came to Catskill High School with a reformatory. Former boxer Deshawn Stewart, who introduced him to trainer Teddy Atlas, noticed him there. Then young Tyson trained under the care of Cusa D’Amato, with whom he also lived.


In 1982, as an amateur, he won a gold medal at the Olympic Junior Games. However, he did not get to the Olympic Games in Los Angeles and turned professional. He made his professional debut on March 6, 1985 in New York. He won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, including 12 in the first round. On November 22, 1986, after his 28th fight, Tyson won the WBC title and became the youngest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing. Shortly after that, on March 7, 1987 in Las Vegas, Hilton confirmed his status as the world’s best IBF champion. In February 1990 in Tokyo through KO in the 10th round he lost to James “Buster” Douglas.

In July 1991 he was charged with rape at 18-year-old Desiree Washington, and in November 1992 sentenced to six years in prison. Perhaps the incident from the past influenced his behavior. Boxer during an interview in 2014 confessed that at the age of 7 he himself fell victim to rape. He was released after three years (1992-95) for good behavior.

In 1995 he returned to the ring, regained some heavyweight belt, then lost them in the fight against Evander Holyfield in 1996. Their 1997 rematch ended in disqualification Tyson for biting off part of the ear. However, he managed to return to the ring.

In 2000, he fought with Andrzej GoĊ‚ota. The boxing committee considered the fight not to be taken because Tyson was under the influence of marijuana. He fought for the championship again, losing the knockout with Lennox Lewis in 2002. Tyson finished boxing in 2005, after two more fights lost by knockout (Danny Williams and Kevin McBride).

In 2003, he experienced bankruptcy, despite receiving more than 30 million dollars for several fights and 400 million dollars during his career.

After his debut in a one-man show in Las Vegas, Tyson collaborated with director Spike Lee and in August 2012 hit Broadway. In 2013, as part of the advertising campaign for the Black Energy Drink (FoodCare) energy drink in the Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s retail chains, he visited Poland. In February 2013, he appeared in the one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, where he talked about his personal and professional life on the stage. His performance was also broadcast on November 16, 2013 on HBO. In November 2013, his book Undisputed Truth was released, which also hit the New York Times bestseller list.

There was drama in black and white (Black and White, 1999), starring Robert Downey Jr., tragicomedy Play It to the Bone (Play It to the Bone, 1999) with Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson, Million per night (When Will I Be Loved 2004 ) with Neve Campbell, sports drama Sylvester Stallone Rocky Balboa (2006), the comedy the Hangover (the Hangover, 2009) Phil Collins singing the hit song “in the Air Tonight” and the sequel the Hangover Part II (the Hangover 2, 2011) by performing a song from the repertoire of Murray Head “One Night in Bangkok” and the comedy Scary movie 5 (Scary movie 5, 2013), and also appeared in sitcoms ABC Webster (1987), the HBO team (Entourage, 2010, 2015) Fox Breaking In (2011) or CBS How I met your mother (How I Met Your Mother, 2013).

He fought or showed up on PPV or WWE weeks (formerly WWF). The last time on January 11, 2010. At the largest WWE- WrestleMania gala on April 1, 2012 in Miami, it was introduced to the WWE Hall of Fame (Hall of Fame).

Private life

On February 7, 1988, he married actress Robin Givens. They divorced a year later – February 14, 1989. On April 19, 1997, in Bethesda, he married Marija Turner, a pediatrician, with whom he had two children: his daughter Rayna (born February 14, 1996) and his son Amir (born August 5, 1997). On January 13, 2003, a divorce took place. The consequence of divorce was substantial depletion of assets Tyson, who had to pay ex-wife of the future earnings of 6.5 million dollars and give mansion in Farmington, Conn) and a house in Potomac, Tyson stopped and residence in Las Vegas.

From other informal relationships he has son D’Amato Kilrina, daughter of Mickey and son of Miguel. From the relationship with Sol Xochitl he had a daughter Exodus (born 2005), which on May 25, 2009 was found by her brother Miguel on an electric treadmill, where she played with her head on a cable; she was transported in critical condition to the hospital, where she died on May 26, 2009 at the age of four. On June 6, 2009, he married Lakiha “Kiki” Spicer, his long-time girlfriend, with whom he has two children: daughter Milan and son Morocco Elijaha (born on January 25, 2011). In March 2011, he appeared in the talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres talked about switching to a vegan diet

Mike Tyson records:

  • Junior Olympic tournament in 1981.
  • Junior Olympic tournament in 1982.
  • Gold Gloves runner-up in heavyweights in 1983.
  • Gold medal in the national U-19 Championship in 1983.
  • Gold medal in the national U-19 Championship in 1984.
  • Champion of the Golden Gloves in the heavyweights in 1984.
  • Tournament Champion Tammer in 1984.

Champion from August 1, 1987 until February 11, 1990 of the three world belts (WBA, WBC and IBF).

Champion of the World Boxing Council from November 22, 1986 until February 11, 1990 and from March 16, 1996 to 1997 that became vacant.

Champion of the World Boxing Association from March 7, 1987 to February 11, 1990 and from September 7, 1996 to November 9, 1996.

Champion of the International Boxing Federation from August 1, 1987 until February 11, 1990.

Record as the youngest world champion in the history of heavyweights with 20 years and 4 months.

Boxer of the year by The Ring magazine in 1988.

Sports personality of the year by the BBC in 1989.

Promise of the year by The Ring magazine in 1985.

WWE Hall of Fame (2012)

Part of the extensive bibliography on his life includes his autobiography “Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography” (2013), has starred in numerous documentaries about his boxing career, such as Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson (1993) and Tyson (2008) 209 or films such as Tyson (1995) .210 Cameos have also been frequent in films such as Black and White (1999), Rocky VI (2006), The Hangover (2009), The Hangover Part II (2011) or Ip Man 3 (2015). In 2014 he participated in the cartoon series Mike Tyson Mysteries providing the voice of the protagonist, which solves mysteries.

During the years 1980 and 1990 made multiple appearances in television programs or comedies, highlighting Nightlife, The Joan Rivers Show, Who’s The Boss or The Dick Cavett Show. At the same time, his presence was also common in music videos such as the one he made in 1989 with DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith in the song “I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson” or in 1991 with the rapper Ice-T. Regarding the world of video games, its appearance in Punch-Out stands out !! (NES), being the last opponent to finish the game, or Fight Night Round 4, whose cover appears next to Muhammad Ali. In addition, Street Fighter’s fictional fighter, Balrog, is based on Tyson.

In 1998 he appeared on WrestleMania XIV as referee in the match between Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin. A few years later he was invited to the WWE Monday Night Raw and in 2012 included in the WWE Hall of Fame, located at the AmericanAirlines Arena. In 2014 he was commissioned to perform the kickoff of the game between Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers, held at PNC Park. During his active time he also appeared on the cover of various sports magazines such as Sports Illustrated or The Ring