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Mike Tyson

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
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Profession: Heavyweight Boxing Champion

United States of America

Why Famous: Michael Tyson is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old.

Out of the ring he has had a chequered personal life including multiple marriage break-ups and serving three years in prison for the rape of Desiree Washington in July 1991. In 2003 he declared bankruptcy, despite having received over US$30 million for several of his fights and $300 million during his career.

Born: June 30, 1966
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Age: 54 years old

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Cancer

Married Life

  • 1988-02-07 Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens
  • 1988-10-07 Robin Givens files for divorce after 8-month marriage to Mike Tyson
  • 1988-10-14 Mike Tyson countersues Robin Givens for divorce & annulment
  • 1989-02-14 Robin Givens is granted a divorce from Mike Tyson in the Dominican Republic
  • 1989-06-01 Robin Givens & Mike Tyson granted final divorce in NJ
  • 2009-06-09 Boxing legend Mike Tyson (43) weds Lakiha Spicer (32) at La Bella Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Events in the Life of Mike Tyson

  • 1985-03-06 Mike Tyson KOs Hector Mercedes in 1 round in his 1st pro fight
  • 1986-02-20 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany, New York
  • 1986-11-22 20 year old Mike Tyson becomes youngest heavyweight champion in history when he stops Trevor Berbick in the 2nd round to earn the WBC title at the Las Vegas Hilton
  • 1987-03-07 Mike Tyson beats James 'Bonecrusher' Smith in 12 for WBA heavyweight boxing title

  • 1987-05-30 Mike Tyson TKOs Pinklon Thomas in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1987-06-21 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a parking lot attendant
  • 1987-08-01 Mike Tyson outpoints Tony Tucker in 12 in a heavyweight boxing unification matchup in Las Vegas, first to own all 3 major belts WBA, WBC and IBF at the same time
  • 1987-10-16 Mike Tyson TKOs Tyrell Biggs in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1988-01-22 Mike Tyson TKOs Larry Holmes in 4 in Atlantic City to retain his undisputed heavyweight boxing title; 38-year old former champion floored 3 times in 4th before fight stopped
  • 1988-03-20 Mike Tyson KOs Tony Tubbs in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1988-03-25 Robin Givens demands full access to husband Mike Tyson's money
  • 1988-05-08 Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St in New York City
  • 1988-06-17 Givens' Family reports Mike Tyson beats his wife Robin Givens
  • 1988-06-27 Mike Tyson KOs Michael Spink in 91 seconds, in Atlantic City ($67m)
  • 1988-06-28 Mike Tyson sues to break contract with manager Bill Cayton
  • 1988-07-11 Mike Tyson hires Donald Trump as an advisor
  • 1988-08-23 Mike Tyson & Mitch Green brawl at 4 A.M. in Harlem
  • 1988-09-04 Mike Tyson crashes a silver BMW into a tree near Catskills NY
  • 1988-09-07 NY Daily News reports boxer Mike Tyson is seeing a psychiatrist
  • 1988-09-21 Mike Tyson smashes TV camera outside his Bernardsville, New Jersey home
  • 1988-09-30 Robin Givens & Mike Tyson appear on Barbara Walter's Show
  • 1988-10-02 Mike Tyson wrecks furniture in his mansion in Bernardsville, NJ, during a domestic dispute
  • 1988-10-26 Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 months' advisory service
  • 1988-11-02 Mexican radio station erronously reports Mike Tyson dies in car crash

  • 1988-11-16 Robin Givens sues Mike Tyson for $125 million for libel
  • 1988-11-30 NYC furrier sues Mike Tyson for $92,000 for non payment of purchase
  • 1988-12-12 Sandra Miller of Queens sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment
  • 1988-12-15 Lori Davis of Long Island sues Mike Tyson for grabbing her buttocks
  • 1989-02-25 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1989-04-09 Mike Tyson strikes a parking attendant when asked to move his car
  • 1989-04-26 Mike Tyson gets a speeding ticket for drag racing his Lamborghini in Albany, New York
  • 1989-05-05 Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany, New York
  • 1989-07-21 Mike Tyson KOs Carl Williams in 1:33 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1990-02-11 In a huge upset, James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10th round in Tokyo, Japan to win the world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1990-08-17 Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment
  • 1990-11-01 Sandra Miller awarded $100 for Mike Tyson fondling her breasts
  • 1991-03-18 Mike Tyson beats Razor Ruddock in the 7th round
  • 1991-03-28 Mike Tyson admits paternity to Kimberly Scarborough's son
  • 1991-07-18 Mike Tyson meets Miss Black America contestants
  • 1991-07-19 Mike Tyson rapes a Miss Black America contestant (Desiree Washington)
  • 1991-07-20 Mike Tyson is accused of raping a Miss Black America contestant
  • 1991-09-09 Mike Tyson indicted for rape of Desiree Washington
  • 1992-01-27 Mike Tyson goes on trial for rape (he is found guilty)
  • 1992-02-07 Mike Tyson testifies in his rape trial
  • 1992-02-10 Mike Tyson convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indiana
  • 1992-03-26 Mike Tyson sentenced to 10 years in rape of Desiree Washington
  • 1995-03-25 Boxer Mike Tyson released from jail after serving 3 years
  • 1995-08-19 Mike Tyson returns to the ring & DQs Peter McNeeley in 38 seconds
  • 1996-03-16 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 3rd round to gain heavyweight title
  • 1996-11-09 Evander Holyfield upsets Mike Tyson in 11th-round knockout in Las Vegas to regain WBA heavyweight boxing title; second boxer, after Muhammad Ali, to win a heavyweight title 3 times
  • 1997-07-01 Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson indefinitely & withholds $20m purse for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during their heavyweight title fight 28 June
  • 1997-10-15 NY jury awards boxer Mitch Green $45,000 in civil lawsuit against Mike Tyson, for street brawl in 1988
  • 2002-06-21 Lennox Lewis retains boxing's WBC world Heavyweight crown with an eight round knockout over Mike Tyson

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