Born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 30, 1966, Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight boxing champion of the world in 1986, at age 20.
After run-ins with the law and expulsion from high school, Tyson was taken out of reform school by boxing trainer Cus D’mato. With Cus’s guidance, Mike Tyson became the hottest young heavyweight in professional boxing and was soon on the road to the heavyweight crown.
His massive strength and fast, hammering fists earned him the nickname “Iron Mike,” which followed him throughout his professional boxing career. The following year – with a 22-0 record already under his belt – Tyson fought his way to being the youngest world heavyweight champ in world history.
Tyson successfully defended his boxing title until 1990, when he was knocked out for the first time in his career by Buster Douglas in the tenth round in Tokyo. A series of personal and professional setbacks including a rape conviction, financial loss, bankruptcy and imprisonment, took him out of the ring for five years, but he returned, knocking out his opponents in two matches in 1995.
After being disqualified from a rematch with Evander Holyfield and barred from boxing for a year, Tyson waited until 2002 to challenge Lennox Lewis for the heavyweight championship. Tyson’s defeat led to his retirement from fighting in 2005.
In 2012, after a few cameo roles in TV and film, Tyson made the jump to the Broadway stage, where he starred in his hit one-man show, Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth, which was directed by Spike Lee. More recently, he was featured in the 6-part Fox Sports “Being” documentary series.
In 2013, Mike Tyson returned to the ring once more as a boxing promoter. Iron Mike Productions has a roster of promising young hopefuls that benefit from Mike’s wealth of knowledge and experience on what it takes to be a world champion.