Yesterday, Mike Tyson went on Toronto’s CP24 with anchor Nathan Downer. When Downer asked a question about whether Tyson’s past convictions would have a negative effect on his endorsement of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, Tyson became angered. This resulted in a hilarious exchange during which Tyson berated the reporter with expletives, while Tyson’s handler attempted to reign the champ back in and Downer played damage control. Despite the incident making waves across social media, it does not even register as one of Tyson’s most shocking moments. Though Downer will disagree, as he looked like he was about to faint.
Mike Tyson is an extraordinarily complicated individual. He was brought up in the chaotic neighborhood of Brownsville in Brooklyn, NY, where he robbed, drank, and fought to get by. Following his mother’s death, he was sent to upstate New York, where he trained with the legendary Cus D’Amato. He overcame his background and mental illness to become the youngest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing. Then he squandered nearly all of his good will, with an abusive marriage to Robin Givens and a conviction in Indiana, which landed him in prison.
Tyson’s personal roller coaster has seen him bite off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear and mourn the loss of his daughter. He has starred in Hollywood movies and his own one-man Broadway show. He has endured an incredible amount of personal suffering and dished out more punishment than perhaps any other boxer in history. His incredible talent for violence was not always utilized in the ring, He has earned and squandered extraordinary amounts of money. His everyday struggles with mental illness and substance abuse continue to this day. His flaws, strengths, and unrelenting honesty make him one of the most intriguing figures in the history of sport. These are the most outrageous moments of his very complicated life.
10 Tyson KO’s Trevor Berbick to Become Youngest Heavyweight Champ
9 Falling Out With Teddy Atlas
8 Tyson Knocks Out Larry Holmes
7 Tyson’s Barbara Walters Interview with Robin Givens
6 Tyson’s Trial and Imprisonment
5 Iron Mike Converts to Islam
4 Tyson’s Hangover Cameo
3 Tyson’s Post Lou Savarese Knockout Interview
2 Tyson gets knocked out by Buster Douglas
1 Tyson Bites Holyfield’s Ear
The second bout between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield ended in one of the most controversial moments in boxing history. The fight set pay-per-view records for purchases, but lasted only three rounds. Early in the fight, Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear, which led to a temporary stoppage and referee Mills Lane deducting two points from Tyson. When the fight resumed, Tyson chomped on Holyfield’s other ear, biting off a piece and spitting it into the crowd. Lane immediately stopped the fight. Tyson later claimed it was a retaliatory response for Holyfield’s unpunished head butts. Tyson lost his boxing license in Nevada and was fined $3 million, 10% of his $30 million purse for the fight.
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