Mike Tyson holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles. He won the WBC title when he was 20 years, 4 months and 22 days old, after defeating Trevor Berbick by a TKO in the second round. He became well-known for his ferocious and intimidating boxing style as well as his controversial behavior both inside and outside the ring.He also competed at the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympic Games, and won the gold medal twice.
Mike Tyson made his professional debut as an 18 year old on March 6, 1985 when He defeated Hector Mercedes via a first round knockout. Tyson won 26 of his first 28 fights by KO/TKO – 16 in the first round.Tyson’s trainer D’Amato died in November 1985 and many argued that his death was the beginning of many of the troubles Tyson was to experience later as his life and career progressed.
First Title Fight Trevor Berbick vs Mike Tyson
On November 22, 1986, Tyson fought Trevor Berbick for the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight championship and won the title by second round TKO, and at the age of 20 years and 4 months became the youngest heavyweight champion in history of boxing.
Title defence against Larry Holmes
On January 22, 1988, Tyson fought Larry Holmes and defeated the former champion by a fourth round KO.
Title defence against Michael Spinks
On June 27, 1988, Tyson fought Michael Spinks. Spinks, who had taken the heavyweight championship from Larry Holmes via a 15-round decision in 1985, had not lost his title in the ring but was not recognized as champion by the major boxing organizations. The fight ended after only 91 seconds when Tyson knocked Spinks out in the first round.
Unsuccesful title fight against Buster Douglas
On February 11, 1990, in Tokio Tyson lost his championship to Buster Douglas although he was a huge betting favourite. Douglas had lost his mother to a stroke 23 days prior to the fight, and fought the fight of his life. Tyson sent Douglas to the floor in the eighth round,but Douglas recovered sufficiently and in the 10th round sent Tyson to the canvas for the first time in his career. He was counted out by referee Octavio Meyran. After the fight, the Tyson camp complainted that the count was slow and that Douglas had taken longer than ten seconds to get to his feet. Many argued that Tyson Mentally was not prepared for the inspired Douglas and also was reputed to have been out of shape for this fight.
Tyson’s defeat has been described as one of the most shocking upsets in modern sports history.
Tyson in trouble
Tyson was convicted on the rape charge on February 10, 1992 after the jury deliberated for nearly 10 hours and was sentenced to six years in prison but was released after serving three years
First Comeback and title fight against Frank Bruno.
Tyson did not fight again until later in 1995 and after some easy fight he regained one belt by easily winning the WBC title from Frank Bruno in March 1996 by knocking him out in the third round.He then won the WBA belt by defeating champion Bruce Seldon in one round in September that year.
The Hollyfield Fights
a. Tyson vs. Holyfield I
On November 9, 1996, in Las Vegas, Nevada Tyson attempted to defend the WBA title against the 34 year old former champion Evander Holyfield a fighter who had retired in 1994 and many considered him as a huge underdog. Hollyfield defeated Tyson by TKO when referee Mitch Halpern stopped the bout in round 11 and became the second person ever to win a heavyweight championship belt three times, after Muhammad Ali. After the fight Tyson’s camp complaint of Holyfield’s frequent headbutts during the fight,bu they were ruled accidental by the referee.
b. Tyson vs. Holyfield II also known as ‘The Sound and the Fury’
The rematch took place on June 28, 1997 at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena and became one of the most controversial events in modern sports. The fight was stopped at the end of the third round, with Tyson disqualified for biting Holyfield on both ears. The first time he bit him the match was temporarily stopped. Referee Mills Lane deducted two points from Tyson and the fight resumed. However, after the match resumed, Tyson did it again: this time Tyson was disqualified and Holyfield won the match. One bite was severe enough to remove a piece of Holyfield’s right ear, which was found on the ring floor after the fight. Tyson later stated that it was retaliation for Holyfield repeatedly head butting him without penalty.
Tyson Banned from boxing
On July 9, 1997, Tyson’s boxing license was rescinded by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in a unanimous voice vote and also fined 3 million $ andmade Tyson unable to box in the United States. The revocation was not permanent, and on October 18, 1998, the commission voted 4–1 to restore Tyson’s boxing license.
Second Comeback and another controversial fight
In January 1999, Tyson returned to the ring to fight the South African Francois Botha. During the fight Tyson allegedly attempted to break Botha’s arms during a tie-up and both boxers were cautioned by the referee in the ill-tempered bout.In the fifth round Tyson knocked out Botha.
Lewis vs. Tyson title fight
The title fight took place on June 8, 2002 and was one of the most anticipated heavyweight fights in years since Lennox Lewis was the WBC, IBF and IBO champion. Lewis dominated the fight and knocked out Tyson with a right hook in the eighth round.
On June 11, 2005, Tyson stunned the boxing world by quitting before the start of the seventh round in a close bout against journeyman Kevin McBride. After losing the third of his last four fights, Tyson said he would quit boxing because he no longer had “the fighting guts or the heart anymore.
In 2003 Tyson declared bankruptcy despite receiving over US$30 million for several of his fights and $300 million during his career.
Photos of Mile Tyson
Holder of the title : November 22, 1986-October 25, 1990 & March 16, 1996 – November 9, 1996
Nickname :The Baddest Man on the Planet, Iron Mike
Reach :71 in (180 cm)
Birth date : June 30, 1966 (1966-06-30) (age 44)
Total fights : 58
Wins by KO: 44
Draws : 0
No contests : 0