"Iron" Mike Tyson
(Michael Gerard Tyson)

BORN   June 30 1966; Brooklyn, New York
HEIGHT 5-10 1/2 (Some sources report 5-11 1/2)
WEIGHT 212-239 3/4 lbs
MANAGERS Bill Cayton and Jimmy Jacobs, Rory Holloway and John Horne, Shelly Finkel
TRAINERS Kevin Rooney, Richie Giachetti, Ronnie Shields, Freddie Roach, Jeff Fenech

Tyson was one of the most brutal, two-handed punchers in boxing history; When he attacked, his combination of punches straightened opponents up and laid them out; The big secret in fighting Mike was to not let him get too close

At 20 years of age in 1986, the sturdy, compact Tyson became the youngest man to ever win the Heavyweight Championship; At his peak and seemingly invincible, Tyson lost to James "Buster" Douglas in 1990; His personal problems, present throughout his career, finally became a serious obstacle to his career; They disrupted his life inside and outside the ring, impaired his ring "focus" and ultimately led to his imprisonment; When he resumed fighting, his intent was serious but he lacked the edge to jump right in and take on the opponents that he did

Tyson is most famous for his two unsuccessful bouts with Evander Holyfield; During his career, he defeated such men as Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks, Carl "Truth" Williams, Tony Tucker and Frank Bruno

Herb Goldman ranked Tyson as the #11 All-Time Heavyweight

*** SOME AMATEUR BOUTS (48-6) ***

1981
Jun    an unnamed opponent                                          KO  1
          -United States Junior Olympic Heavyweight Championship
Nov    Ernie Bennet                 in Rhode Island                  L  3

1982
Jun    Jonathon Littles             Salem, Or                       KO  2
Jun    Don Cozad                    Salem, Or                       KO  1
Jun 26 Kelton Brown                 Salem, Or                       KO  1
          -The previous 3 bouts were part of the
           United States Junior Olympic Heavyweight Tournament
       Kilbert Pierce               Boston, Ma                       W  3
          -This bout was part of USA/ABF Region 1 Tournament
Dec 12 Al Evans                     Binghampton, NY                 LK  3

1983
Mar    Andrew Stokes                Albuquerque, NM                 KO  3
Mar    Mike Bardwell                Albuquerque, NM                 KO  1
Mar    Warren Thompson              Albuquerque, NM                  W  3
Mar 26 Craig Payne                  Albuquerque, NM                  L  3
          -The previous 4 bouts were part of the National 
           Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Competition
Aug 14 Olian Alexander                                               W   
          -Ohio State Fair National Invitational, 200 lbs Competition
Aug 27 -Tyson won the United States (Under 19) Heavyweight Championship 
Dec 10 Kimmuel Odum                                                 LF  2
          -United States Heavyweight Championship Tournament

1984
       Orbit Pough                                                  KO  1
          -United States (Under 19) Heavyweight Championship
       Derek Isaman                                                  W  3
       Richard Johnson                                              KO   
       Johnny Williams                                              KO   
       Rocky Pepeli                                                 KO   
       Jonathan Littles                                             KO  1
         -The previous 5 bouts were part of the National 
          Golden Gloves 201 lbs Competition
Jun  8 Avery Rawls                  Fort Worth, Tx                   W  3
Jun  9 Henry Milligan               Fort Worth, Tx                  KO  2
Jun 10 Henry Tillman                Fort Worth, Tx                   L  3
         -The previous 3 bouts were part of the United 
          States Olympic Trials 201 lbs Competition
Jul  6 Olian Alexander              Las Vegas, Nv                  SCH   
Jul  7 Henry Tillman                Las Vegas, Nv                    L  3
         -The previous 2 bouts were part of the United 
          States Olympic Box-Offs 201 lbs Competition
Oct    an unnamed opponent          in Finland                       W   


*** PROFESSIONAL BOUTS ***

1985
Mar  6 Hector Mercedes              Albany, NY                      TK  1
Apr 10 Trent Singleton              Albany, NY                      TK  1
May 23 Donald Halpin                Albany, NJ                      KO  4
Jun 20 Ricardo Spain                Atlantic City, NJ               KO  1
Jul 11 John Alderson                Atlantic City, NJ               TK  2
Jul 19 Larry Sims                   Poughkeepsie, NY                KO  3
Aug 15 Lorenzo Canady               Atlantic City, NJ               KO  1
Sep  5 Mike Johnson                 Atlantic City, NJ               KO  1
Oct  9 Donnie Long                  Atlantic City, NJ               KO  1
Oct 25 Robert Colay                 Atlantic City, NJ               KO  1
Nov  1 Sterling Benjamin            Latham, NY                      TK  1
Nov  4 -Cus D'Amato died
Nov 13 Eddie Richardson             Houston, Tx                     KO  1
Nov 22 Conroy Nelson                Albany, NY                      TK  2
Dec  6 Sammy Scaff                  New York, NY                    TK  1
Dec 27 Mark Young                   Colonie, NY                     TK  1

1986
Jan 11 David Jaco                   Albany, NY                      TK  1
Jan 24 Mike Jameson                 Atlantic City, NJ               TK  5
Feb 16 Jesse Ferguson               Troy, NY                        TK  6
Mar 10 Steve Zouski                 Uniondale, NY                   KO  3
May  3 James "Quick" Tillis         Glens Falls, NY                  W 10
May 20 Mitch "Blood" Green          New York, NY                     W 10
Jun 13 Reggie Gross                 New York, NY                    TK  1
Jun 28 William Hosea                Troy, NY                        KO  1
Jul 11 Lorenzo Boyd                 Swan Lake, NY                   KO  2
Jul 26 Marvis Frazier               Glens Falls, NY                 KO  1
Aug 17 Jose Nino Ribalta            Atlantic City                   TK 10
Sep  6 Alfonso Ratliff              Las Vegas, Nv                   TK  2
Nov 22 Trevor Berbick               Las Vegas, Nv                   TK  2
          -WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World

1987
Mar  7 James "Bonecrusher" Smith    Las Vegas, Nv                    W 12
          -WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World
May 30 Pinklon Thomas               Las Vegas, Nv                   TK  6
          -WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World
Aug  1 Tony Tucker                  Las Vegas, Nv                    W 12
          -WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           IBF Heavyweight Championship of the World
Oct 16 Tyrell Biggs                 Atlantic City, NJ               TK  7
          -WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           IBF Heavyweight Championship of the World
Nov 12 James "Quick" Tillis         Chicago, Il                     EX  4

1988
Jan 22 Larry Holmes                 Atlantic City, NJ               TK  4
          -WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           IBF Heavyweight Championship of the World
Mar 21 Tony Tubbs                   Tokyo, Japan                    TK  2
          -WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           IBF Heavyweight Championship of the World
Jun 27 Michael Spinks               Atlantic City, NJ               KO  1
          -WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           IBF Heavyweight Championship of the World

1989
Feb 25 Frank Bruno                  Las Vegas, Nv                   TK  5
          -WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           IBF Heavyweight Championship of the World
Jul 21 Carl "Truth" Williams        Atlantic City, NJ               TK  1
          -WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           IBF Heavyweight Championship of the World

1990
Feb 11 James "Buster" Douglas       Tokyo, Japan                    LK 10
          -WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           IBF Heavyweight Championship of the World
Jun 16 Henry Tillman                Las Vegas, Nv                   KO  1
Dec  8 Alex Stewart                 Atlantic City, NJ               TK  1

1991
Mar 18 Donavan "Razor" Ruddock      Las Vegas, Nv                   TK  7
Jun 28 Donavan "Razor" Ruddock      Las Vegas, Nv                    W 12

Jul 19 -Tyson had sex wth Desiree Washington
Sep  9 -Tyson was indicted on three counts by an Indiana 
           Grand Jury, including one for the rape of Washington

1992
Feb 10 -Tyson was convicted and was imprisoned;
           He did not fight from 1992-August 1995

1994
Aug 16 -Tyson signed a contract in a prison visiting room
           making John Horne and Rory Holloway his official
           managers; Then, two weeks before Tyson was to be
           released from prison, he signed an agreement giving
           Don King 30 percent of all his earnings and Horne
           and Holloway 10 percent each; In return, Tyson got
           signing bonuses worth about $35 million from contracts 
           King had negotiated with Showtime and the MGM Grand

1995
Aug 19 Peter McNeeley               Las Vegas, Nv                   WF  1
          -Fight Report 
Nov  4 Buster Mathis Jr.            Las Vegas, Nv                  SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but postponed;
           Tyson injured his right thumb in training
Dec 16 Buster Mathis Jr.            Philadelphia, Pa                KO  3

1996
Mar 16 Frank Bruno                  Las Vegas, Nv                   TK  3
          -WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World
Sep  7 Bruce Seldon                 Las Vegas, Nv                   TK  1
          -WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           Fight Report
Nov  9 Evander Holyfield            Las Vegas, Nv                   LT 11
          -WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           Fight Report

1997
Jun 28 Evander Holyfield            Las Vegas, Nv                   LF  3
          -WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           Fight Report
Jun 30 -Tyson issues public apology to Evander Holyfield;
           The Nevada State Athletic Commission revoked Tyson's
           boxing license and fined him $3 million for the Holyfield 
           incident

1999 
Jan 16 Frans Botha                  Las Vegas, Nv                   TK  5
          -Fight Report
Oct 23 Orlin Norris                 Las Vegas, Nv                   NC  1
          -Fight Report

2000
Jan 29 Julius Francis               Manchester, Eng                 TK  2
          -Fight Report
Jun 24 Lou Savarese                 Glasgow, Scotland               TK  1
Oct 20 Andrew Golota                Auburn Hills, Mi                NC  3
          -The initial verdict was "TK 3" but it was changed
          when Tyson tested positive for illegal substances;
          Fight Report

2001
Oct 13 Brian Nielson                Copenhagen, Denmark             TK  7
          -Fight Report

2002
Jun  8 Lennox Lewis                 Memphis, Tn                     LK  8
          -WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           IBF Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           IBO Heavyweight Championship of the World

2003
Feb 22 Clifford Etienne             Memphis, Tn                     KO  1

2004
Jul 30 Danny Williams               Louisville, Ky                  LK  4

2005
Jun 11 Kevin McBride                Washington, DC                  LT  6

Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
 

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