Mike Tyson Bio And Facts

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson was an American professional heavyweight boxer and became the youngest heavyweight champion at the age of 20. Tyson went through tough times as a troubled young teen, and was sent to reform school in order to change his life around. Bobby Stewart, a social worker and passionate boxer, recognized Tyson’s potential as a boxer and pushed him to pursue boxing with renowned trainer Cus D’Amato, who would later become Tyson’s legal guardian. 

During Tyson’s time as an amateur boxer, he made quite a name for himself by competing in 27 fights and winning 24 of them. By 1985, Tyson decided to pursue boxing professionally and began to increase his athletic career immensely. Tyson continued to grow as a boxer and learned the peekaboo boxing styles, making him one of the best defensive athletes in boxing history.

  • Birthdate: June 30, 1966 (30-06-1966)
  • Education: Catskill High School
  • Net Worth: $10 million
  • Occupation: Professional Boxer
  • Height: 5’ 11” (1.778 m)
  • Weight: 240 lbs (108.862 kgs)
  • Position: Heavyweight
  • Years Active: 20
  • Career Wins: 50
  • Career Losses: 8
  • Nicknames: Iron Mike

Boxing Career

Mike Tyson started his athletic career and journey in the world of boxing around the late 1970s. Tyson was taught all of his best and most defensive moves by world renowned trainer, Cus D’Amato, who later became his legal guardian. Tyson performed extremely well during his amateur career with an overall 24-3 record.

By 1985, Tyson decided to follow the professional route of boxing and began to pick up new styles of boxing. The most famous defensive style Tyson used was peekaboo boxing style, where hands are held close to your cheeks and a continuous bobbing motion. Tyson did not match the typical heavyweight boxer look, standing at only 5’11” and weighing a mere 218 pounds, and was significantly smaller than his opponents. However, Tyson used these “setbacks” to his advantage, and managed to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history in 1986 at age 20.

Titles and Awards

  • World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Champion
  • World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion
  • International Boxing Federation (IBF) Heavyweight Champion
  • International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee (2011)

When Tyson decided to pursue boxing professionally, in 1985 he quickly became a household name in the boxing world. By 1986, Tyson defeated Trevor Berbick and became the youngest heavyweight in World Boxing Council history. Later on in 1987, Tyson defeated James Smith and acquired the World Boxing Association belt. Even farther down the line, later in 1987 Tyson defeated Tony Tucker and won the International Boxing Federation belt making him the champion of all three boxing organizations.

As Tyson’s career continued he became more and more successful, winning 10 more battles to defend his heavyweight titles. Later by 1996, Tyson regained two of his championship belts against Frank Bruno and Bruce Seldon. During his total professional boxing career Tyson won 50 matches and lost 8 of them, making for an impressive overall record. Tyson retired from boxing in 2005, but still manages to make waves in the boxing world today.

Personal Life

Mike Tyson was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 30, 1966. By the time Tyson was 13, he had already been arrested 38 times and was caught in numerous fights. Tyson’s life turned around when he was sent to reform school and met Bobby Stweart, a social worker who introduced him to world famous boxing coach Cus D’Amato. The rest was history for Tyson’s boxing career.

Tyson was married to Robin Givens in 1988 until 1989. After Tyson and Givens divorced, he remarried to Monica Turner in 1997 until 2003. When Turner and Tyson divorced, Tyson later remarried Lakiha Spicer in 2009 and has been married to her ever since. Tyson has seven children overall as well, Miguel Leon Tyson, Mikey Lorna Tyson, Exodus Tyson, Rayna Tyson, Amir Tyson, Milan Tyson, and Morocco Tyson.

Fun Facts

  • Tyson finished his first year professionally boxing with a record of 15-0, with all his wins being by knockout
  • Tyson ended up being the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history at 20 years of age
  • Tyson was a U.S. Olympic boxing team alternate
  • Tyson became the overall heavyweight champion by winning all three titles (WBA, WBC, and IBF) 
  • Tyson raises pigeons and takes time to train them for racing
  • Mike Tyson created an animated series about a team of sleuths led by Mike Tyson himself, in style like Scooby Doo
  • Tyson published a memoir in 2017 about his life with famed coach and legal guardian Cus D’Amato
  • Tyson has recently come out of retirement to fight Roy Jones Jr.; the fight is scheduled to take place in LA on September 12, 2020.
  • Tyson was disqualified from a match for biting his opponents ear and was fined $3 million


What is Mike Tyson’s diet as a professional boxer?

Mike Tyson’s diet consisted of consuming 3,000 to 4,000 calories per day, mainly focusing on carbohydrates and proteins in order to gain body muscle mass rather than fat. Although this may seem like a lot of calories for one person to consume, the amount of calories Tyson burned during a regular training period certainly makes up for it. Breakfast consists of oatmeal; lunch and dinner would be chicken breasts with rice.

What is Mike Tyson’s net worth?

Mike Tyson has an estimated net worth of $10 million. Tyson's net worth has shifted significantly during his time as a professional boxer. For his total career earnings, Tyson should have had an overall net worth of $685 million dollars, and $300 million dollars just from boxing competitions.

Why is Mike Tyson’s nickname ‘Iron Mike’?

Mike Tyson is known for his intense boxing style, which helped earn him the nickname “Iron Mike.” This nickname also came about because of his behavior inside and outside of the ring, Tyson is known for having an extremely aggressive personality and the metal in his nickname definitely represents the toughness that Tyson brings to the ring. Tyson also goes by the nicknames, “The Baddest Man on the Planet” and “Kid Dynamite” both extremely intimidating and tough names to have.