Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mike Tyson is an American celebrity popularly known as Iron Mike. He is the youngest heavyweight champion of the world at the age of 20. Post his career in boxing, Mike Tyson starred in various Hollywood movies and won awards for best selling author. Unfortunately, he has also served jail time with allegations of rape charges. In short, Mike Tyson has had a life filled with numerous ups and downs. Let’s dig a little deeper and get to know Mike Tyson’s net worth and his life until now.
Early Life of Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson or Michael Gerard Tyson came into the world on the 30th of June 1966. He was born in a small family with his mother Lorna Tyson and Jimmy Kirkpatrick. He also had two younger siblings named Rodney and Denise. Soon after the birth of Michael, his father left the home and never came back home abandoning the entire family. With the shadow of his father gone, Michael spent most of his childhood on the streets of New York, where he got bullying. Growing up, he started mixing with the wrong crowd and started his fighting style of the streets. He soon became a part of a gang named Jolly Stompers that orchestrated small-time robberies and snitching. Tyson has always been in the bad books or policemen and arrested 30 times due to his criminal activities. When he joined Tryon School for Boys, a correction facility he met Bob Stewart. Bob was an amateur champion boxer himself. In the guidance of Stewart, he learned boxing. Later Tyson joined hands with the boxing manager D’Amato and started his professional career at the age of 18.
Mike Tyson Career, Life and controversy
Starting at the age of 18 in 1985, Tyson had a string of record knockouts compiling to 22-0 with 21 knockouts in 22 matches. It was in 1986 when he got his first shot at the heavyweight title and he won with flying colors. Later, in 1987, he yet again defended his title gracefully. One of the most talked-about losses of Mike Tyson was to Buster Douglas. In 1990, Mike Tyson finally lost to Buster Douglas his championship belt in a match in Japan. The nightmare for Tyson didn’t end with the loss. Desiree Washington, an American model accused Mike Tyson of rape and sentenced him to a six-year prison sentence. It was in prison that Tyson found his faith in Islam and converted to the religion. He got out after only 3 years. Upon his release, Tyson planned his next fight and won. Tyson married Robin Givens between 1988 and 1989, Monica Turner from 1997 to 2003, and Lakhia Spicer in 2009 up till now. Mike is a father to 7 children from his 3 wives.
Net worth: Mike Tyson
Estimates say that at the peak of his career Mike Tyson had a net worth of close to $700 million. However, due to his expensive lawsuits, numerous financial issues, and retirement his current net worth to be at $ 3 million.