Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966, Brooklyn, New York, USA), also known as "Malik
Abdul Aziz" via Islamic conversion, is a former American professional boxer and World Heavyweight Champion, and is considered
by many to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. In his prime, he routinely defeated prominent opponents
in devastating fashion, and was one of the most feared boxers in the sport, known by such nicknames as "Iron" Mike Tyson,
Kid Dynamite, and The Baddest Man on the Planet. His once immensely promising career was undermined by serious personal problems,
lack of preparation, and periods of imprisonment. Upon release following his first prison sentence, he made a heavily anticipated
comeback, but failed to reclaim his previous dominance. On June 11, 2005, Tyson suffered a defeat to journeyman Kevin McBride,
and shortly after retired from the sport.
Mike Tyson Career Set (14 DVDs) (59 Fights)
1) Payne (Amatuer)
2) Bent (Amatuer)
3) Tillman I (Amatuer)
Tillman II (Amatuer) - Olympic qualifier
4) Biggs, Tyrell - October 1987 against the 1984 Olympic champion Tyrell Biggs, a great performance from Tyson which ended
with a victory by knockout in the seventh round.
5) Tubbs, Tony - in Tokyo in March,1988, fitting in an easy two round victory amid promotional and marketing work.
6) Frazier, Marvis (ESPN Classic)
1) Stewart, Alex
2) Bruno, Frank I - third comeback fight after being released from prison regained one belt by easily winning the WBC title
from Frank Bruno in March 1996 in three rounds.
3) Pinklon, Thomas - beat Pinklon Thomas in May 1997 with a knockout in the sixth round.
4) McNeeley, Peter - First fight after being released from prison in 1995
5) Seldon, Bruce - September 1996 - Tyson won back the WBA title in 93 seconds from Bruce Seldon after having paid Lennox
Lewis $4 million to "step aside". Seldon was subjected to much ridicule for his first round loss to Tyson because he seemed
to go down and out from a very light punch. Many accused him of being so scared that he simply gave up.
6) Norris, Orlin - October 23, 1999 - Tyson knocked Norris down with a left hook he threw after the bell sounded ending
the first round. Norris injured his knee when he went down and said he was unable to fight on. The bout was ruled a no contest.
1) First 8 fights of career all going less than 3 rds (Hector Mercedes, Trenton Singleton, Don Halpin, Rick Spain, John
Alderson, Larry Sims, Lorenzo Canady, Michael Johnson)
2) Tillis, James
3) Jameson, Mike
4) Boyd, Lorenzo
5) Long, Donnie
1) Ruddock, Donovan II "Razor" I - March 1991 - notable because of Tyson's bizarre "jailhouse" talk towards his opponent.
He told Ruddock, "Everyone knows you're a transvestite and you love me. I'm gonna make you my girlfriend. I can't wait to
get my hands on a pretty thing like you". There was some controversy over the first fight which Tyson won in the seventh round;
many believe the referee, Richard Steele, stopped the fight prematurely.
2) Smith, James "Bonecrusher" - March 7, 1987 - won by unanimous decision and added Smith's WBA title to his existing belt.
1) Douglas, James "Buster" - February 11, 1990 - The biggest upset ever - On paper it looked like an easy victory for Tyson,
but Douglas was at an emotional peak after losing his mother to cancer three weeks prior to the fight. Tyson failed to find
a way past Douglas's lightning fast jab that had a crippling thirteen-inch reach advantage over his own, and, 35 seconds within
the start of the 10th round, Douglas unleashed a crushing combination of blows. Tyson hit the canvas for the first time in
his career and did not get back up. The sight of the then 37-0 undefeated champion rolling around on the floor trying to put
his mouthpiece back in was an image that contrasted deeply with many boxing fans' perceptions of Tyson up to that point. Tyson
lost all of his belts.
2) Tillman, Henry
3) Ruddock, Donovan "Razor" II - Tyson won the rematch comprehensively in a unanimous points decision.
4) Bruno, Frank II
5) Cortez (Amatuer)
1) Holyfield, Evandor I - 1996 fight of the Year
2) Holyfield, Evandor II - June 28, 1997 - "The Sound and the Fury," the $100-million rematch between these titans, since
Holyfield had knocked Tyson out 8 months earlier, and the rematch was drawing more attention than the first bout, with Tyson
getting $30 million, Holyfield $35 million, and pay per view fees of $49.95. Problems started when Holyfield head butted Tyson
in the second round opening a three inch cut over Tyson's right eye. Tyson had repeadedly complained about head butting in
the first bout between the two. A time-out was called briefly, but no deduction was taken from Holyfield. Tyson continued
the second round with blood trickling into his eye, Tyson was clearly frustrated and irritated about this, as the third round
was about to begin Tyson came out of his corner not wearing his mouthpiece, Lane noticing this ordered Tyson back to his corner
to get his mouthpiece, The two get back into position and the fight starts, an angry Tyson rushes hard at Holyfield, catching
Holyfield with a solid right and then a ferocious combination. The crowd went wild, chanting "Tyson! Tyson!" Suddenly, with
40 seconds left in the 3rd round, the fight took a unexpected turn, Holyfield got Tyson in a clinch, Tyson then rolled his
head above Holyfield's shoulder, spat out his mouthpiece and bit Holyfield's right ear taking off a chunk. Holyfield pushed
Tyson away and started hopping up and down in pain, and spun around in a circle holding his ear. Lane abruptly called for
a time-out, Holyfield turned to walk to his corner, when Tyson with a smirk on his face ran up to Holyfield and pushed him
in his back, startling the crowd and Holyfield who fell into the ropes. Lane quickly moved Tyson and directed Holyfield back
to his corner as Tyson walked calmly back to his. The fight was delayed for several minutes as Lane told Tyson he was penalizing
him with a two-point deduction, a physician examined Holyfield's ear and determined he could continue to fight. The fight
resumed with 30 seconds left in the round. The two fought into another clinch Tyson then craned his neck around again and
bit Holyfield's left ear with 22 seconds left, Holyfield threw his hands around the get out of the clinch and jumped back
as Tyson waved his arms as to say "Come on", Lane did not stop the fight this time, so the two men continued fighting till
the time expired, both men walked back to their respective corners when the fight was then stopped. After the fight was stopped
Tyson still tried to get at Holyfield and Holyfield's trainer Brooks while they where still in their corner. Tyson took swings
at anyone who got in his way including a police officer until he was finnally held back into his corner. Announcer Jimmy Lennon
Jr. read the never-before-heard decision: "Referee Mills Lane has disqualified Mike Tyson for biting Evander Holyfield on
both of his ears." Tyson was walking back to his locker room when a fan tossed a full bottle of water in Tyson's direction,
Tyson began climbing over a temporary railing and up into the stands making obscene gestures to the crowd and storming his
way up the side of a stairway before he was drug to his locker room. Tyson was suspended and his licence withheld.
3) Golota, Andrew - won in round three, a result that was changed to no contest after Tyson failed a doping test.
4) Colay, Robert
1) Scaff, Sammy
2) Ribalta, Jose
3) Canady, Lorenzo
4) Young, Mark
5) Spinks, Michael - June 27, 1988 - Tyson brutally knocked out IBF heavyweight champion Michael Spinks at 1:31 of the
first round. This fight is often regarded as the climax of Tyson's career because at the time Spinks was believed to be the
most legitimate contender and had never lost a fight before meeting Tyson.
6) Holmes, Larry - faced an aged but still game Larry Holmes on January 22, 1988, and defeated the legendary former champion
by fourth round knockout.
7) Williams, Carl
1) Francis, Julius - 2000 - Following controversy as to whether Tyson should be allowed into England, he knocked out Francis
in the second round.
2) Botha, Francois - January 1999 - while Botha initially controlled the fight, Tyson landed a straight right-hand in the
fifth round that knocked Botha out.
3) Savarese, Lou - June 2000 in Glasgow - The entire fight only lasted 38 seconds. Tyson continued punching after the referee
had stopped the fight, accidentally knocking him to the floor as he tried to separate the boxers.
4) Neilson, Brian - only fight in 2001, beating Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen with a seventh round TKO.
5) Mathis Jr., Buster - 1995 - 2nd Fight after getting out of prison
1) Lewis, Lennox - 2002 - Tyson sought to fight Lennox Lewis in 2002 in Nevada, but the Nevada boxing commission refused
him a license to box as he was facing possible sexual assault charges. Tyson made inflammatory remarks to Lewis prior to the
eventual bout stating, "I want your heart, I wanna eat his children". A scuffle at a press conference finally removed any
chance of a Nevada fight. The fight actually occurred on June 8 in Memphis, Tennessee. Lewis dominated the fight and knocked
out Tyson in the eighth round.
2) Etienne, Clifford - February 22, 2003 - Tyson beat fringe contender Clifford Etienne 49 seconds into round one, once
again in Memphis. The pre-fight was marred by rumours of Tyson's lack of fitness and that he took time out from training to
party in Las Vegas and get a new facial tattoo.
1) Tucker, Tony - August 13, 1987 he took the IBF title from Tony Tucker, winning by unanimous decision to become "undisputed
heavyweight champion of the world"
1) Green, Mitch
2) Ferguson, Jesse
3) Alderson, John
4) Berbick, Trevor - November 22, 1986, Tyson was given his first title shot, fighting Trevor Berbick for the WBC heavyweight
title. Tyson won the title by second round knockout, and at the age of 20 years and 4 months became the youngest heavyweight
5) Gross, Reggie
1) Williams, Danny - July 31, 2004 - Tyson faced the unregarded Englishman Danny Williams in another comeback fight staged
in Louisville, Kentucky. Tyson dominated the opening two rounds. The third round was more even, with Williams getting in some
clean blows and also a few illegal ones, for which he was penalized. In the fourth round Tyson was surprisingly knocked out.
It transpired that Tyson was trying to fight on one leg, having torn a ligament in his other knee in the first round. This
was Tyson's fifth career defeat. He underwent surgery for the ligament four days after the fight. His manager Shelly Finkel
claimed that Tyson was unable to throw meaningful right-hand punches after the knee injury.
2) Laila Ali vs Monica Nunez (IWBF Super Middleweight Title)
3) Nelson Dieppa vs Ulises Solis (WBO Junior Flyweight Championship)
1) McBride, Kevin - June 11, 2005 - Tyson stunned the boxing world by quitting before the start of the seventh round in
a close bout against journeyman Kevin McBride. After losing the third of his last four fights, Tyson said he would quit boxing
because he hasn't "got the fighting guts or the heart anymore."
2) Miguel Cotto vs Muhammad Abdullev
3) Ike Quartey vs Verno Phillips
4) Antonio Tarver vs Glen Johnson
1. Mike Tyson "Beyond the Glory"