Mike Tyson

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  • Name: Mike Tyson ( Michael Gerard Tyson )
  • Date of birth: 30 June 1966
  • Age: 50 years
  • Place of birth: new York, USA
  • Height: 178
  • Activity: American boxer
  • Marital status: married Lakia Spicer

    Mike Tyson: biography

    Michael Gerard Tyson was born in June 1966 in the city of new York – Brownsville. His IOM was Purcell Tyson, but he abandoned the family when the son was not yet born. Michael was the youngest child in the family grew up the eldest daughter Denise and son Family.

    In early childhood, Mike Tyson was very vulnerable. It offended the peers, neighborhood kids and even big brother. He couldn’t stand up for himself and often suffered because of this, coming home with bruises and no pocket money. The only outlet and hobby (by the way, sarahtime today) were the pigeons, which are bred Mike. And if the little Tyson to stand he could not, for his pigeons managed to stand up. This happened after a terrible event, when the yard bully tore at the eyes of Mike the head of one of his birds. The boy was so enraged that not only beat the man, and managed to force himself to respect all others.

    From this point on Mike Tyson did not give in insult never. Bouts of anger, feared by all. When the boy grew older, he already had nothing to do with vulnerable a black male, who was casually humiliated. 10-year-old Tyson got into a gang of street Teens who lived by plundering. Soon the police became interested in the teenager, and at age 13 he was sent to reform school in upstate new York.

    The desire to become a boxer Mike Tyson appeared in the center. Once took a look at the legendary boxer Mohammed Ali. After talking with him the boy began to think about my career. Because even then, he emerged victorious from every fight. Their desire Tyson told the gym teacher Bobby Stewart, a former boxer. He put the guy’s condition to undertake the study and to humble his violent temper. Mike agreed, and the difference was immediate.

    Soon the most successful student of Stuart Mike Tyson has outgrown his teacher. To continue to improve the talent of the young athlete Bobby sent him to another trainer. They became famous cus d’amato. After the death of the mother of Tyson, he and I share custody of Mike and practically adopted him, taking live in your house.

    Amateur Boxing

    Sports biography of Mike Tyson started when he was 15. The debut took place in new York club «Holyoke», where he earned the nickname «Tank». The pressure from the young Tyson could resist units: in 1981, out of 6 fights the Tank only lost 1.

    The following year, Mike Tyson played in the youth category of the Olympic games. The first opponent he managed to win for a record 8 seconds. The same fate awaited all subsequent athletes. The ending was brilliant: Tyson knocked out Joe Cortez for a few seconds. In that year, a young boxer played 30 matches, of which only 6 were losing.

    In 1984, the athlete took in the number of candidates of the national Olympic team of America. After a series of fights he was supposed to participate in the Olympic games in Los Angeles. Mike Tyson was confident to the end of his Amateur career. In 1st round he knocked out Henry Milligan, becoming the leader in the heavyweight division and earning the Golden gloves. Tyson was the clear favorite, but for the Olympics he missed, losing to rival Henry Tillman in the qualifying competition with a score of 3:2. Then the fans booed the referee’s decision to give the victory to the weaker Tillman, believing that Tyson just didn’t want to admit to the Olympics for aggressive behavior and tough style of play.

    Professional Boxing

    The cus d’amato gave to bored young man after a painful defeat. He began a serious preparation to Tyson’s professional career. For this he was invited to the famous managers bill Caton and Jim Jacobs.

    In March 1985, Tyson made his debut in the professional ring. His first opponent was Hector Mercedes. Mike easily won the first round. In January of the same year, the athlete was found in the ring with another worthy opponent – Mike Jameson. He was the first who managed to hold on against Tyson until the 5th round. Then there was Jesse Ferguson, Steve Zouski, James Tillis and others. The year Mike Tyson won 15 fights in a strong and professional rivals, defeating them all by knockouts.

    The colored boxer has chosen an unusual image: he always went to the ring in black shorts, and boxers were worn on bare feet.

    In November, a turning point and more than successful for Mike Tyson 1985, disaster struck: pneumonia died, 77-year-old cus d’amato. For Tyson it was a huge loss: Kas was not only a coach, but almost a father to a young boxer. The new coach’s name was Kevin Rooney. Managers Jacobs and Caton, hired to Tyson d’amato, continued to work with Mike.

    A year later, in November, a 20-year-old Mike Tyson took the first world title fight. Trevor Berbick, a rival who already had the title – he became WBC champion for 5 months before the fight with Tyson. However, the young boxer defeated him in the 2nd round. Victory over the next opponent James «Bonecrusher» Smith went to the Mike Tyson hard. And yet the athlete was able to attach to the existing collection 2nd championship belt. In August of the same year, Tyson defeated Tony Tucker and got the title of absolute world champion in superheavy weight.

    In 1988, «iron Mike» has dissolved his entire team fired Kevin Rooney. Tyson often noticed in bars and pubs. As a result – defeat in the 10th round of his fight with James «Buster» Douglas in Japan in February of 1990. After a painful defeat Mike Tyson admitted to the clinic.

    Return to the ring

    In 1995, «iron Mike» returned to professional Boxing. This entry was named event of the year. Itself has changed Tyson, and fighting style. As before, few managed to resist his onslaught, but the endurance of the athlete in the 2nd half of the game is now significantly decreased.

    In 1996 he held a world title bout between «iron Mike» and Frank Bruno. After the fight the WBC champion title went to Tyson. In September of the same year, Tyson was found in a battle with world champion Bruce Seldon. Tyson brilliantly won the WBA title, after which he was recognized as a three-time world champion. This fight brought the athlete $ 25 million.

    In late autumn of 1996, Tyson fought Evander Holyfield. This fight was voted fight of the year according to the magazine «Ring». The fight brought the boxer $ 30 million, and his opponent is 5 million. In summer, Tyson and Holyfield met again. In one of the rounds Tyson bit off part of Evander’s ear. In response, Holyfield hit the opponent’s head in the eyebrow. A fight broke out. The game had to intervene to security guards and police. In the result, Tyson was disqualified. The athletic Commission took away his Boxing license and was fined $ 3 million. But in October 1998, the license was returned.


    From this moment the career of Mike Tyson went into decline. The athlete trained a little, have participated in the arena battles. As he previously won, but opponents chose not the strongest. In the winter of 1999 Mike Tyson almost lost the fight the South African Francois Botha, underestimating the opponent and poorly prepared for battle.

    In the fall of 2000 Mike Tyson fought Andrew Golota by pinning him down in the 1st round. But soon the results of the doping test, the legendary fighter showed in his blood marijuana. Fight declared invalid.

    In the summer of 2002 on a ring met Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis. This fight was the highest grossing in Boxing history, gathering of 106.9 million dollars. Tyson was ill-prepared to fight, so with the 3rd round began to take positions, and in the 4th fell under the weight of Lewis. In the 5th round, Tyson is practically not defended, and in the 8th got knocked down. In June 2005, Mike Tyson met in the ring with little-known Irish boxer Kevin McBride. Of course, fans put on Tyson. But in the 5th round start to affect the fatigue Mike Tyson, 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 had decided to end his career.

    Personal life

    Personal life of Mike Tyson the same tumultuous as his career. First the boxer’s wife was actress Robin Givens. They married in 1988, but the marriage lasted only a year. After the divorce, the former wife received from Mike $ 10 million.

    In 1991, after a visit to Tyson beauty contest for black participants, it was accused of raping one of them, Desiree Washington. Despite the fact that the girl herself went to his room, she later told about the rape. Tyson was sentenced to 6 years in prison. Fired in the spring of 1995, for good behavior. In prison Mike Tyson converted to Islam.

    After a considerable break, Tyson again decided to marry in 1997. His wife becomes Monica Turner, who worked as a pediatrician at the clinic at the Georgetown University. They lived together for 6 years. To this marriage were born a daughter Ryan and son Amir. But in 2003, Monica said that divorcing Mike, explaining his decision a betrayal of her husband. As it turned out, the woman was not mistaken: in 2002, the Mike Tyson’s mistress bore him a son, Miguel Leon. After a divorce, the boxer came to live with mistress, who in 2005 gave birth to his daughter Exodus. The girl died tragically when she was 4 years old.

    In June 2009, 42-year-old Mike Tyson got married again. His third wife was a 32-year-old Lakia Spicer. In January 2011 the couple had a son.

    In addition to the official children, the boxer has two illegitimate.


    Mike Tyson

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