Mike Tyson is a retired American professional boxer widely considered to be one of the most feared and dominant heavyweight boxers of all time
Mike Tyson is a former professional heavyweight boxer, known for his fierce punches and impressive record in the ring. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1966 and rose to fame throughout the 1980s and early 1990s as one of boxing's most dominant champions.
Tyson had a difficult childhood marked by poverty and a tumultuous family life. His mother passed away when he was just sixteen years old, leaving him to fend for himself on the streets of Brooklyn.
At age thirteen, Tyson was introduced to boxing through a juvenile detention center counselor who recognized his natural talent. From that point forward, Tyson became fully committed to pursuing a career in boxing.
Tyson quickly rose up the ranks of professional boxing with an unmatched combination of aggression and skill. By age twenty he had won his first heavyweight title belt, defeating Trevor Berbick in just two rounds.
Over the next several years, Tyson continued to dominate opponents in the ring, going undefeated over his first thirty-seven fights before suffering stunning defeats against Buster Douglas and Evander Holyfield later in his career.
Despite some infamous personal shortcomings outside of the ring - including prison time for rape charges - Tyson remains one of boxing's most respected athletes today.
Retirement and Legacy
After retiring from boxing professionally at age forty-two with a record of fifty career wins (forty-four by knockout), Tyson has kept busy with various business ventures including acting and starting his own podcast series "Hotboxin' With Mike Tyson."
Though often remembered most for his violent outbursts and legal troubles outside the ring, Mike Tyson has also been praised for his immense influence on modern-day popular culture as well as inspiring generations of aspiring boxers over three decades spent competing among sport's elite competitors.