Knowing more interesting facts about Mike Tyson throws much light on the boxer life story. Why is Mike Tyson so famous? Naturally, his physical prowess makes him so.
Mike Tyson may not be a the perfect man and this he knows, nevertheless as an enigmatic former boxing champion, actor, entertainer as well as boxing promoter he has achieved a lot.
It is worth knowing more about interesting facts about Mike Tyson.
Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by knockout or stoppage, 12 of them in the first round.
Mike Tyson was a top-notch boxer. Many people do attribute this to his insane physical training regimen and of course sheer genetic makeup. Tyson could knock a person out in the blink of an eye.
1. Just Say No to the Nookie
As a young, up-and-comer, he was indeed one of the most feared heavyweight challengers and at a height of 5’10”, he did manage to successfully challenge his opponents. Why is Mike Tyson so famous is because he has managed to win many times.
2. 1990 Offered the Big Bucks
In 1990, Mike Tyson as champ took the title of world’s highest-earning athlete from His Royal Highness bringing in an impressive $28.6 million.
3. ESPN Continually Dishonors His Career
When ESPN addressed the world of boxing, Mike Tyson was not very popular. ESPN did allow his public persona to dictate influence in their list of 50 Greatest Boxers of All-Time, and they did place Mike Tyson at 50.
4. Love for Pigeons
Mike loves pigeons. He loved pigeons since he was a child. Feeling ostracized as a kid, and also struggling for acceptance from his peers, he did find acceptance from the birds with whom he would share food, as well as time. Mike, always felt like he was good enough for the pigeons. His first fight occurred after a childhood bully happened to kill one of Mike’s pigeons. Mike has often said this awoke the fighter within him. He beat the bully black and blue.
5. Gonorrhea to Take the Title
Mike did take the crown from WBC Heavyweight Champion, Trevor Berbick. Mike was 20-years old at the particular time when he took the WBC Championship Belt, and that alone happens to be an eye-opening fact, thus making him the youngest of all time.
6. Honorary Doctorate
Central State University a small, traditionally black university in Ohio, 1989 offered Mike Tyson (and boxing promote Don King) Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degrees from Central State University.
7. The WWE Hall of Fame
Mike Tyson was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame and was also offered elite membership into the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame.
8. Bullied Severely As a Child
Why is Mike Tyson so famous? As a youngster, he fought his battles well.
Mike Tyson was not always a model of strength and fitness. He was a fat kid. He wore thick glasses, was overweight, and he took a beating after beating as a pre-teen and young teenager from schoolyard bullies. He hated going to school. He loves learning. Still, he would skip school regularly, spend time with the pigeons, and eventually managed to find his way to a boxing gym.
9. AKA Malik Abdul Aziz
When Mike Tyson was doing prison time on account of a guilty verdict in a rape trial, he converted to the religious practice of Islam-Sufism. After converting, he gave himself the name, Malik Abdul Aziz.
10. “5 to 7 Worse Things”
An intriguing aspect of Mike Tyson’s past is his secrets. Mike talks about with people he trusts. Mike still claims that he did not rape Desiree Washington, but he has rather done five to seven worse things in his life.
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These interesting facts about Mike Tyson are worth knowing more about. They provide much insight into the life of the champion.