Mike Tyson (Michael Gerard Tyson) is considered the most feared boxer ever. At his peak, nobody wanted to face him in the ring.
His boxing record was 50 wins (44 by knockout) with 6 losses and 2 no contests. His listed height was 5'9", his reach was 71inches, and he fought in the Heavyweight division. He is most famous for his entertaining personality among boxing fans, while the general public thinks he's flat out crazy.
Tyson was born in Brooklyn, New York. Tyson's stepdad abandoned the family when he was born, so his mom had to care for him and his 2 siblings on her own. He lived a very poor life in a very high crime area, hustling on the streets, and coming home with new clothes that he didn't pay for. During his childhood, he was arrested 38 times, with many of the arrests defending himself from bullies or small crimes like stealing. When he was 16 years old his mother died. As a result, a boxing trainer named Cus D-Amato who had watched him fight, was impressed with his talents, and took him under his wing.
After 2 years of amateur boxing, Tyson officially turned pro at 18 years old. He gained many fans quickly for his ferocious and fearless fighting style, and because of his background. His very first fight he knocked out Hector Mercedes in the 1st round. He would go on to win 26 of his next 28 fights, including 16 knockouts in the first round. He gained national attention and was considered to be a contender for the heavyweight championship.
Disaster struck for Tyson in 1985 when his mentor, and only father figure he ever had, Cus D'Amato passed away. This is thought to have angered Tyson and led to his problems later in life.
Tyson fought for the first time on television in 1986 and easily beat Jesse Ferguson, breaking his nose and forcing the referee to stop the fight in the 6th round. Later that year, a 20-year-old Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history when he easily knocked out Trevor Berbick for the WBC title:
Talents on display
Mike Tyson in his peak years may have been the best boxer of all time. He had amazing strength, hand speed, coordination, and accuracy with his punches. If he got you in trouble during a bout you were finished, and his signature punch was the right hook then a right uppercut.
Tyson was a boxing sensation in the late 1980's and had challenged and beat everyone who wanted a piece of him. Nintendo started a video game called Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, which sold 1M copies. In addition, he became the first man to own all 3 boxing belts at the same time.
His peak came in 1988 against Michael Spinks in a match that was supposed to be a long competitive bout.
In the end Tyson dominated from start to finish.
Fall from grace
By 1990 Tyson was heavily into partying, his marriage was a mess, he fired his trainer, and his contracts were being fought over by Don King (the most corrupt boxing manager of all the time). He did not train properly for his bout with Buster Douglas in Tokyo, yet Tyson was still was a huge favorite with some bookies giving him a 40 to 1 advantage. The bout was back and forth until the 10th round when Douglas nailed Tyson hard enough to knock him out and it was over:
Tyson would rebound from this embarrassing loss and get back on the winning track to set up a championship match against Evander Holyfield the next year.
Rape and jail
In 1991, Tyson was arrested for raping Desiree Washington (Miss Black Rhode Island) in an Indiana hotel room. Tyson claimed it was consensual, but the victim had physical evidence confirmed by a doctor at the hospital. Tyson would go to jail for 3 years, and while incarcerated converted to Islam.
Tyson would return to boxing and his fights grossed well into the millions, breaking all-time pay per view records. His biggest fight during his initial comeback was against Bruce Seldon who was involved with the crooked Don King:
Seldon would be knocked out very quickly in what appeared to be a staged fight. Nevertheless, this 'fight' would set up the biggest matches of his career against Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.
A 34-year-old Holyfield would beat Tyson after 11 rounds. The rematch would occur n 1997 and this time Tyson would be disqualified for biting off Holyfield's ears:
Even though Tyson was now being sloppy in the ring, he was still making a lot of money. His 2nd match with Holyfield gave him 27M$ even after his fine.
He would go on to make and squander a lot of money. Finally, in 2003, he filed bankruptcy.
After retiring from boxing he has worked in film, TV, media, and sold books.
Admitted drug use
Tyson has freely admitted on talk shows and in his autobiography that he would use drugs. In his 2000 fight against Lou Savarese, he said that he used cocaine and weed right before the actual fight. Before his disastrous press conference in 2002, (which ended in a massive brawl) with his arch nemesis Lennon Lewis, he used cocaine. In 2004, Tyson said he was using a heavy amount of drugs before his losing fight against Danny Williams.
His strategy to avoid detection was getting someone else's urine and putting it into a fake penis, then pretending to pee into the cup. This strategy didn't always pan out though, he was still fined 250,000$ for having pot in his system in 2000. His excuse was someone on his staff didn't get him the penis in time for the test.
In 2007, Evander Holyfield made waves for coming up in a steroid distribution scandal that rocked boxing. Holyfield and some other athletes were customers of a pharmacy selling steroids, and although Holyfield wasn't formally charged, he still admitted taking them for hormonal problems. In the interview with an Atlanta newspaper, he implicated Mike Tyson, saying that he knew for a fact that Tyson was on a lot of steroids during the late 80's and 90's. At that time steroids were NOT illegal in boxing, so to get a neutral edge on your opponent it was a good idea to use them.
We can speculate Tyson took something like this ahead of his fights:
Mike Tyson Steroid Cycle *
- Cocaine- Made him crazy
- Marijuana- Helped relieve mental and physical pain
- Cheque drops 1mg within 1 hour of fights or training
- Testosterone Propionate 50mgs per day
- Trenbolone Acetate 50mgs per day
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*DISCLAIMER: The cycle above is our opinion on what Mike Tyson could have used, this is for information and entertainment purposes only. There is no direct evidence that Mike Tyson used steroids or any other drugs. This article is our freedom of speech.
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