Who does not know Mike Tyson? He is a former undisputed heavyweight world champion boxer. In 2012 he remained the youngest man to win the IBF, otherwise known as the International Boxing Federation. He did it all at the age of 20. He held all three notable titles: the IBF, the WBA, and the WBC titles.
Mike Tyson was born in 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, on the 30th of June. On his birth certificate, his father was listed as Percell Tyson. However, he considers Jimmy Kirkpatrick as his true father since Kirkpatrick was living with his mother, Lorna Smith Tyson, during his birth shortly after Jimmy Kirkpatrick abandoned the family and his mother himself and his brother and sister.
Mike Tyson was exposed to a tough neighborhood, and there was a criminal element early on in his life. He was living in high-crime areas. Because of this, he saw himself indulging in petty thefts and fights. He had a high voice and lisp, which was a frequent trigger to engage in fisticuffs on the street, which he often did. When he reached 13 years of age, he had been arrested more than three dozen times. He was placed in a detention center for juveniles in New York, where he started to level up his skills in boxing.
When he was only 16 years of age, Mike Tyson’s mother died. He was left in the custody of someone who would be an actual father figure to him: boxing trainer D’Amato. He took in the young Mike Tyson under his wing and saw his potential as a future champion.
At the age of 24, Mike Tyson’s sister died of a heart attack. His brother became a doctor’s assistant at the Los Angeles County Medical Center. Mike remained in contact with his brother although they visit each other infrequently. He will also consider generally Kirkpatrick, who is the son of Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick as his half-brother.
Back in 1981 and 1982, Mike Tyson will win gold medals at the Junior Olympics. However, he did lose two amateur boxing fights to Henry Tillman, who will eventually win the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in LA.
The professional career of Mike Tyson
The professional debut of Mike Tyson was back in 1985 when he was only 18 years old. His first 19 professional fights all resulted in undisputed wins. Some of them were even decided in the first round. He began winning 26 of his first eight professional bouts via knockout, otherwise known as a technical knockout—sixteen of these knockouts being in the fight’s initial round.
The first title bout of Tyson was for the WBC championship back in 1986. His opponent back then was Trevor Berbick, whom he knocked out quickly on the second round. He added this belt with a unanimous decision and even defeated IBF champion Tony Tucker by a unanimous conclusion.
Because of these title fights and his tremendous success, Tyson was named fighter of the year both in 1986 and 1988. The title wasn’t endowed to him by Ring Magazine.
Mike Tyson quotes
Mike Tyson is notable not just for his fights in the ring but also for his bad attitude. He eventually got arrested and had to serve time in jail. But his performance on the ring will never tarnish his legacy. Aside from his brutal and magnificent fights, he is also known for his mike Tyson quotes. He is full of humor and fearlessness, and his quotes will reveal that he doesn’t only have the fists of a champion, but he also thinks like a champion.