Born Michael Gerard Tyson in Brooklyn, New York, on June 30, 1966, Mike Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion of the world at age 20. The retired American boxer currently has an estimated net worth of $1 million. He earned over $300 million during his career but he was good at spending lots of money as he was good at fighting.
The boxer had a difficult childhood. He grew up in a dangerous neighborhood and was arrested 38 times by the time he was 13. He was forced to go to The Tryon School for Boys, a reform situated in the upstate New York. Bobby Stewart, the counselor at the school and an amateur boxing champion taught him all about boxing. He even introduced Mike Tyson to the famous boxing manager Constantine ‘Cus’ D’Amato. The manager took Tyson under his wings and fully trained him into the world of boxing. D’Amato also became Tyson’s legal guardian at the age of 16 when his mother died of cancer.
Mike Tyson won the silver medal in 1983 Junior Olympics. He also fought against Hector Mercedes in 1985. The fight was won by Tyson. He went on to win 26 out of 28 fights and gained the attention of media and fans. Unfortunately Cus D’Amato died from pneumonia in November 1985. Mike Tyson was devastated at the loss of his trainer and the father figure. But boxing trainer Kevin Rooney took over Tyson’s coaching duties and he continued on the dream that D’Amato had seen for him. Tyson became a boxing icon and defeated many heavyweight champions like James Smith, Pinklon Thomas, and Tony Tucker.
Mike Tyson faced many personal losses during his career. He divorced his wife robin Givens and fired his trainer and mentor Kevin Rooney in 1988. His career began to slip and lost a fight to underdog Douglas in 1990. He was also arrested on rape charges and served 10 years in federal prison. He made a comeback in the boxing ring in 1995 but the actor had gotten a violent streak. He bit off the ear of his opponent Evander Holyfield in 1997, which disqualified him from fighting more.
Mike Tyson filed for bankruptcy in 2003 and retirement in 2005. He has kept himself busy with TV shows as well as his appearance in the film “Hangover.”