One of the most famous and controversial figures in the sport, Mike Tyson was an aggressive, intimidating boxer that made his way in the ring with huge success. He had his problematic side as well, but what he accomplished in his professional career allowed him to leave a mark forever in the boxing world.
'The Baddest Man on the Planet', as he was nicknamed due to his fame as a frightening guy to face, was recognized by the International Boxing Hall of Hame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. That speaks by itself the talent Tyson had.
His name became well-known not only for his achievements on the ring but also for polemic situation. In the middle of his great career as a boxer, he was involved in a scandal as he went to prison convicted of rape. Once out, he had some other strange episodes inside the ring as well, like the time when he bit Evander Holyfield in a bout later called "The Bite Fight". Here, check out Tyson's age, height, weight, and impressive records.
How old is Mike Tyson?
Mike Tyson is 54 years old, as he was born on June 30, 1966, in New York City. After living for most of his childhood in a dangerous neighborhood, he made his professional debut in 1985, with only 18 years of age. Immediately, from that very first fight onwards he built an amazing boxing career that lasted 20 years.
'Iron Mike' became the youngest boxer in history to claim a heavyweight title when he was 20 years, four months, and 22 days old. That was just the beginning for Tyson, who kept on winning belts and breaking records.
How much does Mike Tyson weigh?
Being 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall, Mike Tyson competed in the heavyweight category due to his 218 pounds (99 kg), and he succeeded even though he hadn't the typical aspect of a boxer in that tier. Well, he was intimidating for other reasons, such as how quickly he could punch and his threatening, aggressive style.
Mike Tyson's records
Asides from being the youngest boxer ever to claim a heavyweight belt, this controversial boxer was also the first one from this category to hold simultaneously the titles of the World Boxing Association, the World Boxing Council, and the International Boxing Federation.
He took part in 58 bouts as a pro, won 50, from which 44 were by knockout, and lost only six times. Even though in his personal life he's been involved in scandals, Mike Tyson left a mark in boxing as one of the greatest punchers and most explosive pugilists ever.