iron mike


smile like a hockey player

smile like a hockey player



michael gerard tyson, aka iron mike, aka malik abdul aziz, was born in brooklyn, june 30 1966.  his father abandoned him at the age of two leaving his mother to take care of lil mikey and his two siblngs, rodney and denise.  when the young iron was ten his family moved to brownsville.   tyson soon turned to a life of crime.  he was engaged in numerous street fights,  mostly due to peolpe makng fun of his high pitched voice and his sissy lisp,also he committed many minor crimes, such as shoplifting and theft. by the age of 13 he had been arrested 38 times.  he then landed in the tyron school for boys . where  Bobby Stewart, a juvenile detention center counselor and former boxer took notice of mike and introduced him to cus d’amato .when he was 16 mikey’s mom died leaving him in the custody of boxing trainer cus d’amato.  he then began working with kevin rooney, as well as cus.  eventually rooney took over all training responsibilities.Tyson competed at the 1982 Junior Olympic Games, where he won a gold medal.He holds the Junior Olympic quickest KO record — 8 seconds.He won every bout at the Junior Olympic games by knockout.  He fought henry tillman twice as an amateur losing both bouts by close decision. Tillman went on to win heavyweight Gold at the Los Angeles Olympics.  Tyson made his professional debut on March 6, 1985, in albany . He defeated Hector Mercedes via a first round ko.   Tyson won 26 of his first 28 fights by knockout – 16 in the first round.  D’Amato died in November 1985, some beleive that his death was the beginning of many of the troubles Tyson was to experience later in his life.   On November 22, 1986, Tyson was given his first title fight against trevor berbick for the WBC heavyweight championship. Tyson won  second round TKO, and at the age of 20 years and 4 months became the youngest heavyweight champion in history,  On August 1 he took the  IBF title from tony tuckerin a twelve round unanimous decision. He became the first heavyweight to own all three major belts the  WBA, WBC, and IBF at the same time.  

Also in 1987, mike tyson’s punch out was released for n.e.s. that game fucking rocks.  

june 27, 1988 tyson fought michaels spinks, Tyson knocked out Spinks in 91 seconds of the first round, spinks retired after that.  By 1990, Tyson seemed to have lost direction, and his personal life and training habits were in disarray. In a fight on February 11, 1990, he lost the undisputed championship to buster douglas. Tyson was a 1/42 favorite to win, but Douglas was at an emotional peak after losing his mother to a stroke 23 days prior to the fight, and fought the fight of his life. tyson could not land a solid hit due mostly to douglas’s 12 inch reach advantage.  Just 35 seconds into the 10th round, Douglas unleashed a brutal combination of hooks that sent Tyson to the canvas for the first time in his career.  he would not get back up. Tyson was arrested in July 1991 for the rape of Desiree Washington. Tyson was convicted on the charge on February 10, 1992. He was given a sentence of six years and was released in March 1995 after serving three years.  while in jail tyson converted to islam and changed his name to malik abdul aziz.  On November 9, 1996, in Las Vegas,Tyson faced Holyfield in a title bout dubbed ‘Finally’ .  this was for tyson to defend the wba title.  tyson lost this fight in round 11.  Tyson and Holyfield fought again on June 28, 1997, we all know what happens here.  the fight was stopped at the end of the third round, with Tyson disqualified for biting Holyfield on both ears. The first time he bit him the match was stopped. However after the match resumed Tyson did it again; this time Tyson was disqualified and Holyfield won the match. the second bite was severe enough to remove a piece of Holyfield’s right ear, which was found on the ring floor after the fight. Tyson later stated that it was retaliation for Holyfield repeatedly head butting him without penalty.  On July 9, 1997, Tyson’s boxing license was rescinded.   The revocation was not permanent, as a little more than a year later on October 18, 1998, the commission voted 4-1 to restore Tyson’s boxing license.  In January 1999, Tyson returned to the ring to fight francious botha in another fight that ended in controversy. While Botha initially controlled the fight, Tyson attempted to break Botha’s arms during a tie-up and both boxers were cautioned by the referee . Botha was ahead on points on all scorecards and was confident enough to mock Tyson bad move.  Tyson landed a straight right-hand in the fifth round that knocked Botha out cold.  On February 6, 1999, Tyson was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment, fined $5,000, and ordered to serve two years probation and 200 hours community service, because he assaulted two men after they crashed their car into tysons. mike served nine months of that sentence.  In 2000, Tyson had three fights. The first was  against julius francis, in england.Following controversy as to whether Tyson should be allowed into the country, he took four minutes to knock out Francis. He also fought lou savarese in June 2000 winning in the first round the fight lasted only 38 seconds. in October, Tyson fought andzej golata, winning in round three after Gołota refused to fight. The result was later changed to no contest after Tyson refused to take a pre-fight drug test and then tested positive for reefer  in a post-fight urine test. Tyson fought only once in 2001, beating brian nielson in gthe 7th.  next up, lenox lewis,  in an interview iron man said “I want your heart, I want to eat his children.” june 8 2002 lenox lewis knocked out mikey.  2005 mr. punch out retired saying he no longer had the guts. and then ” My whole life has been a waste – I’ve been a failure.” “I just want to escape. I’m really embarrassed with myself and my life. I want to be a missionary. I think I could do that while keeping my dignity without letting people know they chased me out of the country. I want to get this part of my life over as soon as possible. In this country nothing good is going to come of me. People put me so high; I wanted to tear that image down.” Tyson began to spend much of his time tending to his 350 pigeons. On December 29, 2006, Tyson was arrested in arizona, on suspicion of dui and felony drug possesion after he nearly crashed into a police car.  On February 8 he checked himself into an in-patient treatment program for “various addictions” while awaiting trial on the drug charges,  September 24, 2007, Mike Tyson pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and driving under the influence. He was convicted of these charges in November 2007 and sentenced to 24 hours in jail, 360 hours community service and 3 years probation. Prosecutors had requested a year-long jail sentence, but the judge praised Tyson for seeking help with his drug problems.  On April 20th 2009, Tyson confirmed in a MTV interview that a film about his real life is in the works and that jaime foxx is very interested and wants to play the role.   50 wins 44 by ko, 6 losses 5 by ko.  0 draws.

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