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Mike TysonMalik Abdul Aziz

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Tyson in March 2011

Born

Michael Gerard Tyson
June 30, 1966
Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Boxing career

Statistics

Nickname

  • Iron
  • Kid Dynamite
  • The Baddest Man on the Planet

Weight

Heavyweight

Height

5 ft 10 in

Reach

71 in

Stance

Orthodox

Boxing record

Total fights

58

Wins

50

Wins by KO

44

Losses

6

No contests

2

Other names

Malik Abdul Aziz

Spouse

  • Robin Givens ( m.  1988; div.  1989)
  • Monica Turner ( m.  1997; div.  2003)
  • Lakiha "Kiki" Spicer ( m.  2009)

Children

8

Awards

Awards and honors

Website

miketyson .com

Michael Gerard Tyson is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years, four months and 22 days old. Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by knockout or stoppage, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after stopping Trevor Berbick in the second round, 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 successfully defended his titles nine times, which included victories over Larry Holmes and Frank Bruno. In 1990, Tyson lost the titles to underdog Buster Douglas, who knocked him out in the tenth round. Attempting to regain the titles, Tyson defeated Donovan Ruddock twice in 1991, but pulled out of a fight with then-undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield due to a rib injury.

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Allah doesn't need me, I need Allah. - Mike Tyson

Allah doesn't need me, I need Allah.

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I just want to do what I do best, and that's fight. I love it. - Mike Tyson

I just want to do what I do best, and that's fight. I love it.

Mike Tyson

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I'm a Muslim, but I think Jesus would have a drink with me. He would be cool. He would talk to me. - Mike Tyson

I'm a Muslim, but I think Jesus would have a drink with me. He would be cool. He would talk to me.

Mike Tyson

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I'm a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds. - Mike Tyson

I'm a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.

Mike Tyson

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Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn't have a cent. - Mike Tyson

Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn't have a cent.

Mike Tyson

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I know I'm going to blow one day. My life is doomed the way it is. I have no future. - Mike Tyson

I know I'm going to blow one day. My life is doomed the way it is. I have no future.

Mike Tyson

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God lets everything happen for a reason. It's all a learning process, and you have to go from one level to another. - Mike Tyson

God lets everything happen for a reason. It's all a learning process, and you have to go from one level to another.

Mike Tyson

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I intend to fight and I want to win. But my priorities are basically to be a good Brother and a strong one, and to try to be a good father one day. - Mike Tyson

I intend to fight and I want to win. But my priorities are basically to be a good Brother and a strong one, and to try to be a good father one day.

Mike Tyson

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It's good to know how to read, but it's dangerous to know how to read and not how to interpret what you're reading. - Mike Tyson

It's good to know how to read, but it's dangerous to know how to read and not how to interpret what you're reading.

Mike Tyson

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Mr. Arthur Ashe, he was good. I read some of his books. He knew about everything, but he was real quiet and didn't talk much. I never met him. - Mike Tyson

Mr. Arthur Ashe, he was good. I read some of his books. He knew about everything, but he was real quiet and didn't talk much. I never met him.

Mike Tyson

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I'm the biggest fighter in the history of the sport. If you don't believe it, check the cash register. - Mike Tyson

I'm the biggest fighter in the history of the sport. If you don't believe it, check the cash register.

Mike Tyson

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You come home, and you party. But after that, you get a hangover. Everything about that is negative. - Mike Tyson

You come home, and you party. But after that, you get a hangover. Everything about that is negative.

Mike Tyson

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I'm in trouble because I'm normal and slightly arrogant. A lot of people don't like themselves and I happen to be totally in love with myself. - Mike Tyson

I'm in trouble because I'm normal and slightly arrogant. A lot of people don't like themselves and I happen to be totally in love with myself.

Mike Tyson

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If Jesus was here, do you think Jesus would show me any love? Do you think Jesus would love me? - Mike Tyson

If Jesus was here, do you think Jesus would show me any love? Do you think Jesus would love me?

Mike Tyson

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I love to hit people. I love to. - Mike Tyson

I love to hit people. I love to.

Mike Tyson

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When Jesus comes back, these crazy, greedy, capitalistic men are gonna kill him again. - Mike Tyson

When Jesus comes back, these crazy, greedy, capitalistic men are gonna kill him again.

Mike Tyson

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