Mike Tyson, full name Michael Gerard Tyson, also known from his nicknamed ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’. He further is an American professional boxer who had fought from 1985 to 2005. In his earliest career, his adored person had given him nicknames as Iron Mike and Kid Dynamite. In boxing history, he has earned the title of one of the best heavyweight boxers. From 1987 to 1990, he reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and lost the title to James ‘Buster Douglas in Tokyo.
Besides his successful career, he has also tagged as a controversial figure. By the age of 13, he had been arrested 38 times caught in the act of fighting those who laid loud voices over him. Moreover, he had convicted of rape in 1992 and sentenced to six years in prison though he was released in three years on parole. Additionally, he was recognized for his frightening and violent boxing technique, as well as his contentious behavior both inside and beyond the ring. Furthermore, He is inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Caption: The former pro-boxer, Mike Tyson.
Mike Tyson: Bio, Family, Education
The former boxer was born on 30 June 1966 as Michael Gerard Tyson in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City. Mike was the son of his mother Lorna Mae (Smith) Tyson and father Jimmy Kirkpatrick. But in his birth certificate listed his biological father as Purcell Tyson. However, his mother died when he was 16-year-old in the care of boxing manager and trainer, Cus D’Amato. And his father Kirkpatrick passed away in 1992.
He has an older brother named Rodney and an older sister Denise who died due to a heart attack at the age of 24. Also, he has a half-brother Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick. From a young age, he had begun an interest in playing different sports, especially boxing. He lived in a neighborhood during his childhood having high crime rates. By the age of 13, he has been arrested 38 times, caught in committing petty crimes and fighting. Additionally, he would be awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Central State University in 1989.
Mike Tyson: Career & Life Achievements
In his amateur fighting career, he has won gold medals at Junior Olympic Games in 1981 and 1982. At the age of 18, he made his professional boxing debut defeating Hector Mercedes via first-round TKO. Tyson’s first nationally televised fight came against journeyman heavyweight Jesse Ferguson on February 16, 1986, at Houston Field House in Troy, New York, and was shown on ABC Sports.
Tyson had eliminated his opposite fighters with his strength, combined with outstanding hand speed, accuracy, coordination, and timing. Throughout his boxing career, he has won several titles including the heavyweight unification series and World Boxing Association (WBA)title. Further, he has faced the fighters like James Smith, Tony Tucker, and Tony Tubbs. He pulled out himself from boxing after sustaining a rib cartilage injury during training. However, he surprised the boxing world on 11 June 2005 announced his retirement before the start of the seventh round in a close bout against journeyman Kevin McBride.
Mike Tyson: Personal Life & Wife
Moving toward his personal life, he has been married three times and divorced twice. He has produced has seven children and one deceased with three different women. He has also adopted his second wife’s oldest daughter. Furthermore, the first marriage of his was with the actress Robin Givens. They were together from 7 February 1988 to 14 February 1989. Their marriage was very tumultuous and had a toxic relationship with allegations of violence, spousal abuse, and mental instability on Tyson’s part. And later Givens filed for divorce and finalized in February 1989.
He then again married his second wife Monica Turner on 19 April 1997. But their relationship didn’t last long and finalized their divorce on 14 January 2003. In January 2002, Turner filed for divorce citing he committed adultery during their five-year marriage, an act that “has neither been forgiven nor condoned.” The couple had welcomed two children; son Amir and daughter Rayna.
For the third time, he had remarried again with his longtime girlfriend Lakiha “Kiki” Spicer. They exchanged vows on 6 June 2009, in a short and private ceremony. Their wedding held at the La Bella Wedding Chapel at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Caption: Mike Tyson and wife Kiki
Mike Tyson: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
Tyson had been accumulating a huge amount of money from his boxing career over the decades. Post boxing retiring career, he has involved in television works as well as sports-related events. Therefore, he has an estimated net worth of around $400 million followers. In addition to that, he currently resides in the quiet suburb of Henderson, just on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada that worth £2.5 million or approximately $3.46 million in USD.
He is highly active over different social media platforms with verified accounts. He has a Facebook handle under his name with over 21 million followers. On Instagram, he has an account @miketyson with 14.7 million followers. He has a Twitter account @MikeTyson with 5.6 million followers.
Mike Tyson: Body Measurements
The former fighter has a strong and muscular body that measures 52 inches chest size, 36 inches waist, and 18.5 inches biceps size. His body stands to a height of 5 feet 10 inches or 1.78 meters and weighs around 75 Kg. He has a bald head with a white-grey beard and mustache and dark brown eyes. Also, he has tattooed on his face.