Tyson’s Rise and Fall
Arrested 38 times by the time he was 13 years old, Mike Tyson was primed for fighting, so it’s no surprise that he went pro at eighteen, and became the youngest heavyweight champion in history just two years later. He won fifty consecutive fights, and in the fastest fight of his career, defeated Marvin Frazier in 30 seconds.
Tyson’s winning streak would come to an end, unfortunately, after losing not one, but two fights to rival Evander Holyfield, who won the second via disqualification after Tyson tried to bite off his ear.
Mike Tyson, Trendsetter
Tyson was one of the first American celebrities to tattoo his face. A Maori-inspired tribal design meant to represent his “warrior status,” he wanted a cluster of hearts, an option he’s now grateful his tattoo artist talked him out of.
Mike Tyson, Spendthrift
Also known for blazing through money, Tyson was estimated to have earned around $400 million during his boxing career, and he spent every bit of it on everything from luxury cars to a $2.3 million dollar, 24-karat bathtub. Eventually, $23 million dollars in debt, he filed for bankruptcy.
These days, the silver-bearded 54-year-old is busy maintaining his dog Mar’s Instagram account (“the baddest doodle on the Planet Fluff!”), running a successful cannabis company, speaking out as a mental health advocate of sorts and, believe it or not, nurturing a close friendship with Evander Holyfield.