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Things You Didn’t Know About Mike Tyson

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Think you know Tyson? Maybe you do, at least on the surface. But there’s a lot more to the man than meets the eye, and there are enough crazy stories from his life to last at least six lifetimes. He is both the youngest heavyweight champion ever and a man whose mental state sometimes bordered on insanity, a hip-hop hype man and a Phil Collins aficionado. Love him or hate him, Tyson is probably one of the most fascinating people alive, and that’s what makes the idea of the soon-to-come Tyson biopic so fascinating.
These are some of the best, craziest, and sometimes deranged things you may not know about one of the greatest boxers ever.

He was a friend of Darryl “Hommo” Baum, the same man accused of shooting 50 Cent nine times back in 2000.
Prior to allegedly shooting 50 Cent in May 2000, Darryl “Hommo” Baum served as Tyson’s bodyguard. So two weeks after Baum was killed in June 2000—apparently in retaliation for the 50 Cent shooting—Tyson dedicated his fight against Lou Savarese to him. “I love you with all my heart,” Tyson said. “Oh, God, I’m mad.” Aside from dedicating the fight to Baum, Tyson also allegedly put out a $50,000 “hit” on members of a street gang that he believed to have played a part in Baum’s death.


He is the inspiration for a character in ‘Street Fighter II,’ but they had to switch the name to avoid a lawsuit
Tyson is best known as the face of Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!, though he was reportedly only paid $50,000 to be the face of his own game.
But most Street Fighter fans will know that Tyson looks nothing like the character named M. Bison, and that’s because Capcom had to switch the names of two characters in order to avoid a legal dispute.

He was the highest-paid athlete in the world in 1990, making more money than Michael Jordan.
According to Forbes Iron Mike made an estimated $28.6 million in 1990. MJ finished tied for eighth on that year’s list, having raked in a $8.1 million (keep in mind this was before he won his first title). Buster Dougals (who had his shocking knockout defeat over Tyson in February that year) and Sugar Ray Leonard occupied the second and third place spots, respectively.

He appeared on a song with Madonna and Chance The Rapper
He’s best known in the music world as the hype man on Canibus’ LL Cool J diss track, “Second Round K.O.”

He beat up seven prostitutes once when he was high.
The assault, which took place in a hotel room in 2009, occurred after Tyson used morphine, cocaine, and alcohol. He credits the incident with helping him get sober

He caught Brad Pitt sneaking around with his former wife, Robin Givens
With the couple nearing a divorce, Tyson told The Real Daytime that he spotted Brad Pitt with his soon-to-be-ex at the home the couple shared together. The rest is history.
Thankfully for Pitt, Tyson didn’t lay down the law.

The Simpsons boxer character “Drederick Tatum” was designed to be a parody of Tyson.
Armed with a criminal record, a high-pitched voice, a lisp, and a mansion filled with exotic animals, Tatum was essentially the animated version of Tyson.

He contracted and was suffering from gonorrhea before his championship bout with Trevor Berbick in 1986.

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By winning the fight, Tyson became the youngest heavyweight titleholder ever. But years later, he admitted that, during the match against Berbick, he was “burning like a Good Humor in July.”

He beat up a garbage man for hurting one of his pigeons
Tyson has had a lifelong love for pigeons, and when his favorite childhood bird died, a sanitation worker came to take the crate he was stowed in and throw it in a trash compactor.
“I rushed him and caught him flush on the temple with a titanic right hand, he was out cold,” said Tyson, “convulsing on the floor like an infantile retard.” That’s one way of putting it.He abstained from sex for five years when he was an up-and-comer because he believed that having sex before a fight made him a weak boxer.

He had to pay Robin Givens $10 million in alimony despite separating less than a year after being married.

Former trainer Teddy Atlas said he put a gun to Tyson’s head after Iron Mike allegedly groped Atlas’ 11-year-old ne

In 1987, Nintendo’s Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out! sold over a million copies.

He received a lifetime ban from boxing after biting Evander Holyfield’s ear. The ban lasted only a year and a half.

Central State University granted Tyson an honorary doctorate in 1989.

He has a tattoo of Chairman Mao on his bicep.

 

He was borderline obese as a child; weighing nearly 200 lbs. by the age of 13.
In a 2011 interview, Tyson admitted that he used to skip school when he was young because of his weight. He reportedly weighed 200 pounds by the time he was 13. “So every time I went to school, people would just kick the crap out of me.”

He swore revenge for Muhammad Ali as a teenager, and he delivered in the ring
A massive fight fan at 14 years old, Tyson looked on as his hero, Muhammad Ali, was brutalized by his former sparring partner, Larry Holmes. Tyson used to listen in on calls between his mentor, Cus D’Amato, and Ali, and one night he mustered up the courage to promise Ali he’d get revenge on Holmes, as he described to Conan O’Brien in 2016.

Tyson used a fake penis to pass drug tests before his fights
To get by the drug-testing, Tyson claims he whipped out a fake penis.

When he was imprisoned, Tyson converted to Islam, and gave himself the name Malik Abdul Aziz.
It took Tyson awhile, but he completed “Umrah”—a holy pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia that all Muslims are highly encouraged to make—in July 2010. “I just left the Holy City of Mecca,” he tweeted, “where I was blessed to have been able to make Umrah…Inshallah (God willing), Allah will continue to bless me to stay on the straight path.”

Tyson once said he was bummed out that he never killed someone in the ring
“Yes, but I was so disappointed that I didn’t,” said Tyson. Although I’m happy now that I didn’t.”
Completely normal thing for a human being to say.

 

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