Michael Gerard Tyson
Mike Tyson, Iron Mike, Kid Dynamite, The Baddest Man on the Planet
Mike Tyson is currently 52 according to his birthdate June 30, 1966
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
He attended school but dropped out of high school as a junior.
In 1989, he was honored with Doctorate in Humane Letters from Central State University.
- Father – Purcell Tyson
- Mother – Lorna Mae (Smith) Tyson
- Siblings – Rodney (Older Brother), Denise (Older Sister), Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick (Older Half-Brother)
Mike’s biological father is Purcell Tyson. But, Mike has always considered Jimmy Kirkpatrick as his real dad.
Girlfriend / Spouse
Mike Tyson dated –
- Kenya Moore – Mike was RUMORed to be dating TV personality Kenya Moore in the past.
- Naomi Campbell (1987) – English model, actress and singer, Naomi Campbell and Mike dated each other briefly in 1987. At that time, Mike admired her body and unscary attitude.
- Robin Givens (1987-1989) – Actress Robin Givens and Mike started seeing each other in 1987. They got married on February 7, 1988. But, this marriage only remained live for a year and they broke off on February 14, 1989. She was not at all happy with Tyson as he was abusive and tortured her. They used to live in a mansion in Bernardsville, New Jersey.
- Suzette Charles (1989) – Singer, actress and an entertainer, Suzette Charles and Mike dated each other for a short time in 1989.
- Tabitha Stevens (1991) – In 1991, p*rnographic actress, Tabitha Stevens and Mike Tyson had a fling with each other.
- Coco Johnsen (1996) – Model and former Playboy Cyber Girl, Coco Johnsen and Mike had dated each other for some time in 1996.
- Monica Turner (1997-2003) – On April 19, 1997, Mike married Monica Turner who has worked as a pediatric resident at Georgetown University Medical Center. They were married for about 5 years and called it quits in January 2002. She subsequently filed for divorce which was finalized on January 14, 2003. Through this marriage, Mike has two children, son Amir (b. 1997) and daughter Rayna (b. 1996).
- Luz Whitney (2000-2004) – Dominican actress, Luz Whitney and Mike were involved in a 4-year long relationship from 2000 to 2004.
- Lauren Woodland (2002) – In 2002, Mike had a fling with actress and attorney, Lauren Woodland. She is 11 years his junior.
- Kola Boof (2006) – Egyptian-Sudanese-American novelist Kola Boof had an encounter with Mike in 2006. He helped Kola’s son to enter into a private school and this started a small relationship between them.
- Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace (2006-2009) – British glamour model, fashion designer, TV personality, Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace dated Mike on and off from 2006 to 2009. She is 12 years younger than him.
- Lakiha Spicer (2009-Present) – On June 6, 2009, Mike married for the third time to his longtime girlfriend, Lakiha “Kiki” Spicer at the La Bella Wedding Chapel. The couple has two children, daughter Milan and son Morocco.
Mike Tyson’s body specifications may be –
- Chest – 52 in or 132 cm
- Arms / Biceps – 18.5 in or 47 cm
- Waist – 36 in or 91.5 cm
Who Is Mike Tyson?
Mike Tyson is a former heavyweight boxing champion who’s served jail time and appeared in several films. 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. He lost the title in 1990 and later served three years in prison over rape charges. He subsequently earned further notoriety by biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during a rematch in 1997. Tyson has gone on to appear in several films, including a documentary and Broadway show on his life.
- Born to Jimmy Kirkpatrick and Lorna Smith Tyson in Brooklyn, New York, Mike Tyson was one of the three children of the couple. He had an elder brother Rodney and a sister Denise who passed away in 1991 due to heart attack. Additionally, he also had a half-brother Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick from Kirkpatrick’s earlier marriage.
- Kirkpatrick abandoned the family after the birth of young Tyson. Succumbing to the financial burden, the family relocated from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Brownsville when Tyson was ten years of age.
- Ever since his early years, Tyson was involved in fights; of course those at this stage were basically only for personal reasons and did not have a professional ground. He resorted to his fist to solve problems of bullying. By the time Tyson stepped into teenage, he had already been arrested 38 times for knocking out grown men from the street.
- Young Tyson completed his schooling from Tryon School for Boys in Johnstown, New York. It was there that Bobby Stewart, a juvenile detention center counselor and former boxer, noticed Tyson’s boxing skills. He honed them a little before introducing the destined-to-be champion to Cus D’Amato.
- Under Amato’s guidance, Tyson trained for the sport. He was under the full-time custody of Amato who set a rigorous training schedule for the aspiring boxer. Tyson attended Catskill High School by the day and practiced in the ring by the evening. However, he did not graduate from the school and left his studies as a junior.
Tyson saw a total of 58 fights in his professional career. Fifty of those he won, 44 of them being by knockout. Among the fights he did not win, he officially lost six, while two fell into the category of no contest.
On March 6, 1985, Tyson made his professional debut in Albany, New York, against Hector Mercedes. The 18-year-old knocked Mercedes out in one round. Tyson’s strength, quick fists and his notable defensive abilities intimidated his opponents, who were often afraid to hit the fighter. This gave Tyson the uncanny ability to level his opponents in only one round, and earned him the nickname “Iron Mike.”
The year was a successful one for Tyson, but it was not without its tragedies. On November 4, 1985, D’Amato died of pneumonia. Tyson was rocked by the death of the man he considered his surrogate father. Boxing trainer Kevin Rooney took over D’Amato’s coaching duties and, less than two weeks later, Tyson continued on the path that D’Amato had laid out for him. He recorded his thirteenth knockout in Houston, Texas, and dedicated the fight to D’Amato. Although he seemed to recover well from D’Amato’s passing, those close to Tyson say that the boxer never fully recovered from the loss. Many attributed the boxer’s future behavior to the loss of the man that had previously grounded and supported him.
By 1986, at the age of 20, Tyson had garnered a 22-0 record—21 of the fights won by knockout. On November 22, 1986, Tyson finally reached his goal: He was given his first title fight against Trevor Berbick for the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship. Tyson won the title by a knockout in the second round. At the age of 20 years and four months, he beat Patterson’s record, becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in history.
Tyson’s success in the ring didn’t stop there. He defended his title against James Smith on March 7, 1987, adding the World Boxing Association championship to his list of victories. On August 1st he became the first heavyweight to own all three major boxing belts when he won the International Boxing Federation title from Tony Tucker.
Imprisonment and Return to Boxing
Tyson stepped back into the ring with British boxer Frank Bruno in an effort to retain his world heavyweight title. Tyson went on to knock out Bruno in the fifth round, and keep his status as world champ. On July 21, 1989, Tyson defended his title again, knocking out Carl “The Truth” Williams in one round. Tyson’s winning streak came to an end on February 11, 1990, however, when he lost his championship belt to boxer Buster Douglas in Tokyo, Japan. Tyson, the clear favorite, sent Douglas to the mat in the eighth round, but Douglas came back in the tenth, knocking Tyson out for the first time in his career.
Discouraged but not ready to give up, Tyson recovered by knocking out Olympic gold medalist—and former amateur boxing adversary—Henry Tillman later that year. In another bout, he defeated Alex Stewart by a knockout in the first round.
But Tyson lost his fight in court on November 1, 1990, when a New York City civil jury sided with Sandra Miller for the barroom incident in 1988. Then in July of 1991, Tyson was accused of raping Desiree Washington, a Miss Black American contestant. On March 26, 1992, after nearly a year of trial proceedings, Tyson was found guilty on one count of rape and two counts of deviant sexual conduct. Because of Indiana state laws, Tyson was ordered to serve six years in prison, effective immediately.
Tyson initially handled his stint in prison poorly, and was found guilty of threatening a guard while in prison, adding 15 days to his sentence. That same year, Tyson’s father died. The boxer didn’t request leave to attend the funeral. While imprisoned, Tyson converted to Islam, and adopted the name Malik Abdul Aziz.
On March 25, 1995, after serving three years of his sentence, Tyson was released from the Indiana Youth Center near Plainfield, Indiana. Already planning his comeback, Tyson arranged his next fight with Peter McNeeley in Las Vegas, Nevada. On August 19, 1995, Tyson won the fight, knocking out McNeeley in just 89 seconds. Tyson also won his next match in December 1995, knocking out Buster Mathis Jr. in the third round.
After his personal and professional setbacks, Tyson seemed to be making a positive change in his life. After several successful fights, Tyson came head-to-head with his next big challenger: Evander Holyfield. Holyfield had been promised a title shot against Tyson in 1990, but before that fight could occur Douglas defeated Tyson. Instead of fighting Tyson, Holyfield fought Douglas for the heavyweight title. Douglas lost by knockout on October 25, 1990, making Holyfield the new undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
On November 9, 1996, Tyson faced Holyfield for the heavyweight title. The evening would not end successfully for Tyson, who lost to Holyfield by a knockout in the 11th round. Instead of Tyson’s anticipated victory, Holyfield made history by becoming the second person to win a heavyweight championship belt three times. Tyson claimed he was the victim of multiple illegal head butts by Holyfield, and vowed to avenge his loss.
Tyson trained heavily for a rematch with Holyfield, and on June 28, 1997, the two boxers faced off yet again. The fight was televised on pay-per-view and entered nearly 2 million households, setting a record at the time for the highest number of paid television viewers. Both boxers also received record purses for the match, making them the highest-paid professional boxers in history until 2007.
The first and second rounds provided the typical crowd-pleasing action expected from the two champions. But the fight took an unexpected turn in the third round of the match. Tyson shocked fans and boxing officials when he grabbed Holyfield and bit both of the boxer’s ears, completely severing a piece of Holyfield’s right ear. Tyson claimed that the action was retaliation for Holyfield’s illegal head butts from their previous match. Judges didn’t agree with Tyson’s reasoning, however, and disqualified the boxer from the match.
On July 9, 1997, the Nevada State Athletic Commission revoked Tyson’s boxing license in a unanimous voice vote, and fined the boxer $3 million for biting Holyfield. No longer able to fight, Tyson was aimless and unmoored. Several months later, Tyson was dealt another blow when he was ordered to pay boxer Mitch Green $45,000 for his 1988 street-fighting incident. Shortly after the court ruling, Tyson landed in the hospital after his motorcycle skidded out of control on a ride through Connecticut. The former boxer broke a rib and punctured a lung.
Marriage to Robin Givens, Arrests
Tyson’s rise from childhood delinquent to boxing champ put him at the center of the media’s attentions. Met with sudden fame, Tyson began partying hard and stepping out with various Hollywood stars. In the 80s, Tyson set his sights on television actress Robin Givens. The couple began dating, and on February 7, 1988, he and Givens married in New York.
But Tyson’s game seemed to be on the decline, and after several close calls in the ring, it became clear that the boxer’s edge was slipping. Once known for his complicated offensive and defensive moves, Tyson seemed to continually rely on his one-punch knockout move to finish his bouts. The boxer blamed his long-time trainer, Rooney, for his struggle in the ring and fired him in mid 1988.
As his game was falling apart, so was Tyson’s marriage to Givens. Allegations of spousal abuse began to surface in the media in June of 1988, and Givens and her mother demanded access to Tyson’s money for a down payment on a $3 million home in New Jersey. That same year, police were called to Tyson’s home after he began throwing furniture out of the window and forced Givens and her mother to leave the home.
That summer, Tyson also found himself in court with manager Bill Cayton, in an effort to break their contract. By July 1988, Cayton had settled out of court, agreeing to reduce his share from one-third to 20 percent of Tyson’s purses. Soon after, Tyson struck up a partnership with boxing promoter Don King. The move seemed like a step in the right direction for the boxer, but his life was spiraling out of control both in and out of the ring.
Tyson’s behavior during this time became increasingly violent and erratic. In August 1988, he broke a bone in his right hand after a 4 a.m. street brawl with professional fighter Mitch Green. The next month, Tyson was knocked unconscious after driving his BMW into a tree at D’Amato’s home. Tabloids later claimed the accident was a suicide attempt brought on from excessive drug use. He was fined $200 and sentenced to community service for speeding.
Later that September, Givens and Tyson appeared in an interview with Barbara Walters in which Givens described her marriage as “pure hell.” Shortly thereafter, she announced that she was filing for divorce. Tyson countersued for a divorce and an annulment, beginning an ugly months-long court process.
This was just the beginning of Tyson’s struggles with women. In late 1988, Tyson was sued for his inappropriate attentions toward two nightclub patrons, Sandra Miller and Lori Davis. The women sued Tyson for allegedly forcefully grabbing, propositioning and insulting them while out dancing.
On February 14, 1989, Tyson’s split with Givens became official.
Tyson is the father of seven known children — Gena, Rayna, Amir, D’Amato Kilrain, Mikey Lorna, Miguel Leon and Exodus — with multiple women, some of whom continue to remain anonymous to the media.