Michael Gerard Tyson who is professionally known as Mike Tyson is an American former professional boxer who fought from 1985 until 2005.
Even during his early career, people used to refer to him as “Kid Dynamite,” and “Iron Mike”; later he became popular as “The Baddest Man on the Planet.”
What Is the Net Worth of Mike Tyson?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mike Tyson has an estimated net worth of $10 million. During the peak of his career, he was one of the highest-paid athletes in the world and when he was 20, he became the youngest champion in history.
Sadly, he lost out on a personal fortune that topped $300 million during the peak. Later, in 2003, he was declared bankrupt and according to the filing, at the time, he was presumably in $23 million in debt.
Mike earned a minimum of $430 million in purses and endorsements during his career, nearly $700 million following adjusting for inflation.
Mike Tyson was born on June 30, 1966, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York City. He is the child of “Purcell Tyson” who worked as a cab driver and Tyson’s mother, was said to be a slaggy woman who might have been a prostitute, but the man Tyson had known as his father was a pimp named Jimmy Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick got married and welcomed a son, Tyson’s half-brother named Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick, who would join Charlotte high school football in 1965. He has an older brother, Rodney, and an older sister, Denise, who passed away after suffering a heart attack when she was just 24 in 1990.
Jimmy Kirkpatrick left his family and relocated to Brooklyn in 1959 where he met Tyson’s mother, Lorna Mae (Smith) Tyson. Kirkpatrick visited pool halls, gambled, and hung out on the streets.
Tyson said, “My father was just a regular street guy caught up in the street world.” Kirkpatrick left the Tyson family when Mike was born and left Tyson’s mother alone to look after the children. In 1992, Kirkpatrick passed away.
At the age of 10, Tyson’s family moved to Brownsville. After six years, his mother also passed away and left the 16-year-old Tyson under the care of boxing manager and trainer Cus D’Amato, who became his legal guardian.
Later, Tyson said, “I never saw my mother happy with me and proud of me for doing something: she only knew me as being a wild kid running the streets, coming home with new clothes that she knew I didn’t pay for.
I never got a chance to talk to her or know about her. Professionally, it has no effect, but it’s crushing emotionally and personally.”
He was raised in neighborhoods that had a high rate of crime. By the time he turned 13, he had already been arrested 38 times and ended up at the Tryon School for Boys in Johnstown, New York.
Bobby Stewart, a juvenile detention center counselor and former boxer observed his boxing skills for the first time. When he was a junior, Tyson dropped out of high school. In 1989, Central State University awarded him with an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters.
Tyson has been married three times, and has seven children, one dead; apart from his biological children, Tyson includes his second wife’s eldest daughter as one of his own.
On February 7, 1988, he got married to his first wife, actress Robin Givens and the couple separated a year later in 1989. At the time, Givens was popular for her portrayal in the television series titled Head of the Class.
Their marriage was particularly fierce, with accusations of violence, abuse, and mental vulnerability on Tyson’s end.
On April 19, 1997, Tyson got married to his second wife, Monica Turner and the pair separated in 2003.
During the time of the filing for divorce, Turner worked as a pediatric resident at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In January 2002, she filed for divorce from Tyson saying that he was involved in adultery during their marriage. The couple had two kids together named son Amir and Ramsey who are non-binary.
In 2009, his seven-year-old son Miguel found her four-year-old sister Exodus in an unconscious state, trapped in a cord, hanging from an exercise treadmill.
Sol Xochitl, the child’s mother, disentangled her, performed CPR, and rushed for medical help. During that time, Tyson was in Las Vegas and returned to Phoenix to be with her but she succumbed to death due to her injuries.
On June 6, 2009, just after the 11 days after his daughter’s demise, Tyson got married to his third wife Lakiha “Kiki” Spicer, in a private ceremony at the La Bella Wedding Chapel at the Las Vegas Hilton. The couple has two children; daughter Milan and son Morocco.
He resides in Seven Hills, Nevada.
On April 20, 2022, Tyson perpetually punched a male passenger who was annoying him on a JetBlue flight from San Francisco to Florida.
In 1981 and 1982, in Junior Olympics, Tyson first experienced professional boxing and won gold medals also. Later, he competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics but couldn’t win against Henry Tillman in two bouts.
When he was 18, he fought his first professional fight and he defeated Hector Mercedes with a first-round TKO. With this, a growing trend for Tyson started, who often finished fights in the first round.
He went on to fight opponents who were more difficult to compete with as compared to those he had encountered earlier, with several assuming an early rise to fame.
In 1985, Cus D’Amatto passed away and it was a huge loss for Tyson since he played an important father role early in his career. Later, several said that this would turn out as a damaging impact on Tyson’s ensuing life.
Tyson actually emerged on the world stage with a nationally on-screen fight against Jesse Ferguson. Following Tyson caught Ferguson with an uppercut that broke his nose, the consequence of the fight was evidently unavoidable. Tyson won following Ferguson was dismissed for unlawfully clinching.
The next on-screen event emerged when Tyson fought against Marvis Frazier, a former world title opponent. Within just 30 seconds, Tyson won with a knockout. Tyson defeated Trevor Berbick in the second round and that made him the youngest heavyweight champion in history in 1986.
The next year, he won against James Smith and became the undisputed heavyweight world champion. In the same year, he fought against Pinklon Thomas in a 12-round fight to win the IBF title and he became the first heavyweight to ever carry all three major belts at the same time.
Tyson defeated Larry Holmes, a former champion, in the fourth round with a knockout in 1988. In the same year, Tony Tubbs faced a similar fortune since he suffered a TKO in the second round. Tyson concluded the year with a win against Michael Spinks.
However, several experts said a difficult fight for Tyson due to Spinks’s technical skills, Tyson won in only 90 seconds with a knockout.
Since then, he has never looked back. Following the emergence of several personal issues, Tyson took the decision to dismiss Kevin Rooney, the man who is responsible for Tyson’s growth into a top fighter following D’Amatto’s demise.
Though he kept on winning battles in 1989, his career turned upside down after he lost to Buster Douglas in 1990. Douglas competed with passion and commitment despite losing his mother because of a stroke just 23 days ahead of the fight.
Douglas unleashed a combination in the tenth round due to which Tyson had to be sent to the canvas for the first time in his career. The referee suspended him in one of the most shocking upsets in the history of sports.
IN 1991, Tyson kept on winning prior to when his career was interrupted because of legal issues. Following he was arrested in a rape case, Tyson was sent to prison for six years. During this period, Tyson turned himself into Islam. After he was released, Tyson was lawfully required to enlist as a sex offender.
His return was successful initially, and he defeated many opponents to get back two of his belts. However, he later lost his WBA belt when Holyfield returned from retirement to fight Tyson a TKO in the eleventh round.
He once again lost in the rematch when he controversially bit Holyfield twice and consequently, he was disqualified. Do you know what’s worse? In 1997, Tyson had his boxing license canceled.
Tyson got back to professional boxing yet again to defeat Francois Botha; just to get back for nine months of imprisonment following he reportedly assaulted two motorists. After that, when he again got back to boxing, he defeated many opponents in quick succession, either in the first or round 2. In 2000, he defeated Lou Savarese within 38 seconds.
In 2003, he played his last professional fight and won after he knocked out Clifford Etienne within just 49 seconds. Following he made several efforts for comeback fights, injuries, and defeats, in 2005, he announced his retirement.
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