Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson became the youngest in boxer history who became America’s world heavyweight champion. His nickname is “Iron Mike Tyson”, known for his incredible strength in the ring and many boxers were too afraid to hit him. He was also famous for his coordination, hand-speed, timing, accuracy and his effective abilities in defence by using the legendary ‘peek-a-boo’ style.

During the 1980s Tyson defeated a string of heavyweight champions and in 1988 he was crowned world heavyweight champion after dethroning Leon Spinks. He remained undefeated for couple of years until his fight against James “Buster” Douglas in 1990, in Tokyo.

Tyson was as much dangerous in the ring, as outside of it. In 1992 he was sent to prison for raping an American beauty pageant contestant. After getting out of prison in 1995 he staged a series of ‘comeback fights’ until he lost in a boxing match against Evander Holyfield. Two years later, Holyfield and Tyson met again in the ring. This was Tyson’s most discussed fight because after receiving what he saw as intentional head butts from Holyfield, he bit off a portion of Holyfield’s ear. After his last win in 2003 against Clifford Etienne (49 seconds into round one), he was named 16th on a list of a hundred greatest punchers of all time. Tyson continue with losing three fights before he finally retired in 2005.

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