Born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York in 1966, American former professional boxer Mike Tyson dominated boxing in the 1980s. With explosive power and fast knockouts, Tyson rose to stardom to become the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history at the young age of 20.
Tyson won the WBC title in 1986 after stopping Trevor Berbick in two rounds, and added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker in 1987. This made Tyson the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.
Tyson became the lineal champion in 1988 when he knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds of the first round. He defended his heavyweight title nine times and lost it to James “Buster” Douglas in 1990.
After a controversial rape allegation led to his arrest in 1992, Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison but was released after serving three years. He attempted several times to regain his title, but he was disqualified in a 1997 rematch after biting Evander Holyfield’s ear.
Well known for ferocious and intimidating boxing style as well as controversial behavior inside and outside the ring, Tyson was nicknamed “Iron” and “Kid Dynamite” in his early career, and later known as “The Baddest Man on the Planet”. But he is considered one of the best heavyweights of all time, and also has lovely intimate moments with his celebrity friends in everyday life.
Check out these cool pics to see intimate moments of Mike Tyson and his celebrity friends from the 1980s to 1990s.
Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz and Michael ‘Mike D’ Diamond from Beastie Boys together with Mike Tyson, 1987
Don King with Mike Tyson, 1989
Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson
Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, right, speak at a news conference while advisor Donald Trump looks in New York, Tuesday, July 27, 1988
Mike Tyson and Bobby Brown attend Third Annual Soul Train Awards on April 11, 1989 at the Shrine Auditorium in
Los Angeles, California