Mike Tyson is a professional boxer known for his explosive punches, intimidating strength, unmatched speed, accurate timing, and his mentor’s defensive peek-a-boo style. His explosive punches are mainly due to his technique to crouch before throwing a punch.
The spring from his legs add momentum to the punch, contributing to its explosiveness. He is also the first heavyweight fighter to hold three major boxing belts at the same time. Mike Tyson wins most of his fights by knocking his opponents cold once the bell is rang. Enter the ring to know more about Mike Tyson net worth, tragic beginning, and how he made boxing history.
Celebrity Name: Mike Tyson
Real Name: Michael Gerard “Mike” Tyson
Birth Date: June 30, 1966
Current Age: 54
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Birth Place: Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City, USA
Ancestry: Black American, Irish, Jamaican
Parents: Purcell Tyson (biological), Jimmy Kirkpatrick, Lorna Mae Smith Tyson
Sibling/s: Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick, Rodney Tyson, Denise Tyson
Height: 5’10” (178cm)
Weight: 216-218 lbs (97-98kg) in his prime, heavyweight
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Relationship Status: Married
Spouse/s: Robin Givens, Monica Turner, Lakiha “Kiki” Spicer
Profession: Heavyweight boxer
Mike Tyson Net Worth in 2020: $3 million
Mike Tyson Net Worth at the Height of his Career: $300 million
Michael Gerard or Mike Tyson knows two name for a father figure. One is Purcell Tyson, a man from Jamaica who is listed as his biological father. The other one was Jimmy Kirkpatrick, who was married before he met Mike’s mother Lorna Mae Smith Tyson. But just like how Kirckpatrick treated his previous family, he also abandoned the Tyson family when Mike was born.
Because of that, their financial condition did not get any better so they moved to Brownsville. Six years later, Mike Tyson was under the care of boxing manager Cus D’Amato when Mike’s mother died. The neighborhood did not make his childhood easy either because the place was known for a high crime rate. Tyson was usually caught in crimes and fights – most against bullies who mock his lisp and pitch. You know that it was tough for him because just at the age of 13, he was already arrested 38 times.
The Rise of the Fighter
It was Bobby Stewart who saw Mike’s potential as a powerful boxer. He is a former boxer and counselor of a a juvenile detention center. Stewart trained Tyson for months before moving forward with D’Amato. Kevin Rooney and Teddy Atlas assisted in the training of the young boxer. Later, D’Amato dismissed Atlas while Rooney continued to work on Tyson’s training.
It was not long before Mike would make it to the ring. Stewart’s prediction was proven right as Tyson would dominate the ring as an amateur with two gold medals. One was in 1981 against Joe Cortez and the other was in 1982 versus Kelton Brown. However, he lost against Henry Tillman in 1984.
He eventually made it to the professional ring where he beat Hector Mercedes via KO in the first round. There, he shows that he ain’t stopping even though the quality of the fighters he was up against were gradually increasing. Not only that, he has win streaks that caught the attention of the media. Many saw the potential in Mike Tyson and predicted that he will become the next great heavyweight champion. It was also this time when D’Amato died and many believe that this will have a significant impact on Mike Tyson net worth and boxing career.
Mike Tyson‘s first fight on television was against Jesse Ferguson. Despite having a journeyman heavyweight opponent, Mike broke Ferguson’s nose with a powerful uppercut. His opponent was not able to hold on any longer so the referee stopped the fight. At first, they declared Tyson the winner via disqualification or DQ. It was later changed to win by technical knockout or TKO after Tyson’s corner contested the decision.
Undisputed Boxing Champion
After that, Tyson would win more challenges via TKO with his powerful blows. After six victories, he faced against Marvis Frazier who is the former world title challenger. It was an easy knockout win with Tyson going for an uppercut as soon as the fight rung the opening bell. Frazier was down in a matter of seconds. He then won against Trevor Berbick via technical knockout in just two rounds. This is when Mike Tyson made boxing history: becoming the youngest heavyweight champion at the age of 20.
It was this time that the media was on a major Tyson-mania. The media and the public turned him into a fan favorite and they expected Tyson to win some major fights. Tyson defeated the title challenger James Smith and even took Smith’s World Boxing Association title belt. Next, he won against Pinklon Thomas by knocking him out in just six rounds. As if that was going to stop Tyson, he went on to fight against Tony Tucker. Tyson won and added the International Boxing Federation title to his belt. This is the first time that a heavyweight held all major boxing belts at once. Mike Tyson net worth improves significantly while he held the IBF, WBA, and WBC title belts.
Perhaps the most impressive fight that Mike Tyson was in was when he fought against Michael Spinks. Boxing experts and the audience predicted that the fight will have titanic proportions. That is because of Mike Tyson’s explosive fists and Spink’s impressive footwork. However, the fight ended in just 91 seconds when Tyson knocked Spinks out cold in a blink of an eye. This is considered as the peak of Mike Tyson’s boxing ability and popularity.
Mike Tyson Net Worth and Inspirational Quotes
Mike Tyson net worth at the peak of his career was $300 million. As of 2020, it is now at $3 million.
“Whatever you want, especially when you’re striving to be the best in the world at something, there will always be disappointments, and you can’t be emotionally tied to them, cos’ they’ll break your spirit.”
“Discipline, doing what you hate to do but do it like you love it.”
“Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.”