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Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966)

Mike Tyson, the former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion

"Iron Mike Tyson"

Mike Tyson is one of the most famous boxers in prizefighting history, thanks to actions both inside the ring and out. His speed and power earned him the World Boxing Council heavyweight title in 1986, the youngest champion ever.

The next year he won the World Boxing Association title and "Iron Mike" became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. In 1987, in one of his most famous fights, Tyson knocked out previously undefeated Leon Spinks in 91 seconds and earned $20 million. Seemingly invincible, Tyson stunned boxing fans in 1990 when he got knocked out by James "Buster" Douglas.

Then Tyson began making headlines for different reasons: his brief marriage to actress Robin Givens was followed by a bitter divorce battle; he was convicted of rape in 1992 and spent three years in prison; a comeback was halted in 1997 when he bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear in the middle of a match; he was jailed briefly again in 1999 for assault; and at a 2002 press conference to announce an upcoming bout, he attacked opponent Lennox Lewis and bit his leg (the fight took place on 8 June 2002, and Lennox knocked out Tyson in the eighth round).

Tyson's fans consider him one of the greats and still a contender; his detractors say his behavior has given the sport a black eye. Through it all he continues to fight and earn big paychecks.

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