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Mike Tyson is a retired professional boxer and media celebrity. After winning the world heavyweight boxing championship he retired from professional boxing in 2006. He has appeared in several movies, notably The Hangover series and has appeared on TV and on stage.

25 Jul, 2017

McGregor to Tyson: ‘I’m the new Don King’

Makes Statement

McGregor responds to Tyson calling him a ‘dumbass,’ who is going to get knocked out by Mayweather, by referring to Tyson’s legal action against Don King. Tyson sued King for $100 million in stolen earnings, and received $14 million in an out-of-court settlement.

24 Jul, 2017

Tyson: McGregor ‘is going to get killed’ boxing Mayweather

Makes Statement

Tyson says McGregor will not be able to beat Mayweather under boxing rules. Tyson said that if it were him in the fight with McGregor, he would allow the Irishman to use kicks and knees in the fight.

McGregor is going to get killed boxing. I got mad because I thought they were going to use MMA rules against boxing because that’s what it’s all about: Can the boxer beat the MMA guy? McConor put his dumb–s in a position where he’s gonna get knocked out because this guy’s been doing this all his life since he was a baby. McConor can’t kick and grab and stuff so he won’t stand much of a chance…McGregor took the biggest sucker rules in the history of boxing.

5 Jun, 2017

Tyson: Mayweather a ‘small, scared man’ for Muhammad Ali comparison

Makes Statement

Tyson is not impressed by Mayweather’s suggestion that he compares to Ali.

He’s very delusional. Listen, if he was anywhere near that realm of great as Muhammad Ali, he’d be able to take his kids to school by himself. OK, he can’t take his kids to school by himself, and he’s talking about he’s great? Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people. It’s being accepted by the people. He can’t take his kids alone to school by himself. He’s a little scared man. He’s a very small, scared man.

2 Jun, 2017

Tyson: Conor McGregor will ‘look really ridiculous’ boxing Mayweather

Makes Statement

While Tyson disagrees that the sanctity of boxing will be tarnished by McGregor fighting Mayweather, he says the UFC Champion will not win in boxing.

No, I don’t believe it can ruin boxing at all. Only way it can ruin boxing is if McGregor goes and boxes Floyd because he’s going to look really ridiculous boxing him. But if he goes in there with the UFC stuff, now this could be pretty interesting. [But] McGregor won’t win in a boxing match…People will pay for anything. If two people are fighting, people will pay for it.

22 May, 2017

Tyson: McGregor not skilled enough to beat Mayweather

Makes Statement

Tyson says that Mayweather will beat McGregor in boxing.

No, it doesn’t give boxing a bad name. This is interesting. It only gives boxing a bad name because Conor is not skilled enough to box with Floyd. If he fought UFC in this and Floyd boxed, then that would be more exciting. Then, we would see how Floyd handles the kicks to the leg and all that stuff. But, that’s what boxing about. Conor’s not a boxer. You know, he got some amateur boxing skills, but he’s not a boxer. He needs to go in there fight his fight. Floyd need to fight his fight. If he’s doing this for money, he’s just ridiculous instead of just fighting his fight…Until I see the two of them in the ring. I don’t care if they signed it. Until I see the two of them in the ring and they’re getting ready to ring that bell, it’s not going to happen.

20 Sep, 2016

Tyson ‘more interested in talking about McGregor than boxing’

Makes Statement

The journalist who interviewed Tyson for Sports illustrated says that Tyson is no longer interested in talking about boxing.

He has two children and he’s basically, exactly, the suburban daddy, wears his Dad jeans, takes his kids from tutoring to their tennis lessons. And he still works. He does these one-man shows but clearly being a Dad and being there to help his kids is really a big part of his life…I don’t think he’s proud of Mike Tyson the fighter. With the interview, we spent a few hours at his house and he was very gracious with his time. And if you wanted to talk about current events or the Olympics or Donald Trump, you name your topic and he would be great – except he wanted nothing to do with boxing. He doesn’t follow the sport anymore. He wasn’t particularly interested in reliving fights. His professional fighting career is of no interest to him. One thing I took away was that all of his bad memories somehow or other were related to boxing whether it was the end when he was losing fights that he never should have taken or whether it was the physical pain he inflicted on someone else or whether it was some of the criminal activity… basically every bad memory he has, came by way of boxing. [He’s] more interested in talking about Conor McGregor than he is with anything to do with boxing today.

13 Apr, 2016

Tyson: McGregor a ‘phenomenal’ personality


In an interview with Fighters Only, Tyson praises McGregor.

Conor is very charismatic. Jon Jones is bad, but deep down he’s a decent kind of person and very shy. Whereas this guy, Conor, he’s the man. He reminds me of the old-time boxers, one of those guys that’s just into everything. He walks into the room and everybody stands up. He sucks the air out of the room. He’s just a really interesting guy. He does things nobody else has been able to do too. He’s kind of like an animated character, one that’s real though. He’s a great fighter, but his personality is even bigger than his talent. Isn’t that crazy? He’s got this huge personality. Nobody in MMA has ever had a personality as big as his. Ronda [Rousey] is just like a monster—the things she would do—but this guy is different. His personality is phenomenal…It’s actually not even about the money, it’s the power. That’s what it’s all about. We never say it, but that’s what he wants: power. That’s why we put out lives on the brink of destruction, because we want to grasp that power. Nothing else matters. We almost want to give our lives up in pursuit of it. It’s worth dying and killing for.

27 Oct, 2015

Endorses Trump

Political Endorsement

In an interview with HuffPost Live, Tyson says he supports Trump.

He should be President of the United States. That’s what he should be. He should be President of the United States…[So he’s got your vote?] Hell, yeah. Big time…Why wouldn’t anybody like [him]? A guy that came from where he came from and doing what he’s doing and now this is where he’s at now. Know what that means? That doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy. Or that people don’t know what they’re doing. That means people are tired of what you’ve been doing. What we’ve been doing the last 20 years. Let’s try something new. We tried Obama, time for a change, so we gotta change. Let’s run America like a business. No colors matter. Whoever can do the job, gets the job.

16 Sep, 2014

Aids motorcyclist in crash

la-tyson-helps-an-injured-motorcyclist-20140922Tyson comes to the aid of Ryan Chesley, 29, was allegedly cut off by a taxi while on Interstate 15 about 9:30 p.m., Chesley’s attorney, Stephen Stubbs, told The LA Times that Tyson and his entourage were driving behind Chesley when the crash happened. Tyson got out of his car and started blocking traffic as well as making sure no one moved Chesley. Once medical crews arrived, Tyson and his crew left the scene without drawing attention to themselves. Stubbs:

He was injured pretty bad. He has broken bones and torn ligaments…Ryan thought he was hallucinating when Mike came over and told him, ‘Don’t worry, help is on the way. He really protected him. He really was a hero.

10 Sep, 2014

Curses reporter on live TV

After being asked by Nathan Dorner about whether his rape conviction will harm Rob Ford’s campaign, Tyson curses several times at the reporter. Dorner:

Some of your critics would say, ‘There’s a race for mayor. We know you’re a convicted rapist. This could hurt his campaign.’ How would you respond to that?


It’s so interesting, you come off like a nice guy. But that was really a piece of s—, that comment. F— you. That was a piece of s—.

Downer attempts to salvage the interview by reminding Tyson they are on live TV.

I don’t care. What are you going to do about it?…It’s more nerve-racking for me to sit here talking to a rat piece of s— like you.

30 Jul, 2014

Foxx rumored to play Tyson

Foxx is rumored to be taking on the role of Tyson in an untitled biopic has yet to find a studio. This will be Foxx’s second venture into the world of boxing as he played  Muhammad Ali’s corner man in Ali .

17 Feb, 2014

$100 bet

TV Appearance

Fallon says he will win a $100 bet, with an unnamed friend from his past, if he ever hosts The Tonight Show. Moments later, Robert De Niro comes out and hands Fallon a $100 dollar bill, followed by Tina Fey, Joe Namath, Rudy Giuliani, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian, Seth Rogen, Mike Tyson, Lady Gaga, Lindsey Lohan, Tracy Morgan, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Stephen Colbert is last and dumps a bucket of pennies onto Fallon and his desk.

And to my buddy who said that I’d never be the host of The Tonight Show, and you know who you are, you owe me one hundred bucks, buddy.

27 Nov, 2013

Mike Tyson interview


Hall interviews Tyson on The Arsenio Hall Show. They talk about how he received a call from Hall before he was incarcerated, sex in jail, and how proud he is was of Hall’s success in the 80’s.

We had a great time in the 80s that was just an era, they can’t even dream of that era. That was everything in your face back then. You think this man is big now he was unstoppable in the 80s…unstoppable.

11 Jun, 2005

McBride v Tyson: TKO 6

After almost a year of inactivity, Tyson returns to the ring for his 58th and final fight against journeyman Kevin McBride in Washington, DC. After suffering a TKO in the sixth round Tyson announces his retirement:

I don’t have the guts to fight anymore. My heart is not in it anymore. I don’t want to disrespect the sport I love.

He retires with a record of 50 wins (44 by KO), 6 Losses and 2 No Contests.

30 Jul, 2004

Williams v Tyson: KO 4

After 17 months of inactivity, Tyson returns to the ring in Louisville, Kentucky and endures an embarrassing 4th round KO at the hands of  British journeyman, Williams.  Clearly in no shape to endure the physicality of the world’s top heavyweights anymore, the media and general public call for Tyson to retire.

22 Feb, 2003

Tyson v Etienne: KO 1

Tyson defeats Clifford Etienne in 49 seconds as he attempts a final comeback in Memphis, TN. However, Etienne is seen as a weak challenge and the victory is unimpressive.

8 Jun, 2002

Lewis v Tyson: KO 8

In Memphis, Tyson fails to regain the world title as he is stopped by Lennox Lewis after eight rounds of a punishing one-sided contest in which the British champion delivers a boxing masterclass. Lewis vs. Tyson. Tyson’s 55th fight, is the highest-grossing event in pay-per-view history, generating $106.9 million from 1.95 million buys in the USA.

13 Oct, 2001

Tyson v Nielsen: TKO 7

With the U.S. public tired of Tyson’s shenanigans, the former champ takes his show back to Europe. In Copenhagen, Tyson faces the Danish champion, Neilsen. After six punishing rounds including a knockdown in the third, the 260lb Nielsen retires on his stool.

20 Oct, 2000

Tyson v Golota: NC 3

For his 53rd fight, Tyson returns to the U.S. In Detroit, Golota controversially refuses to fight on after the second round and the fight is awarded to Tyson.  Golota draws the wrath of the crowd and is pelted with missiles thrown from ringside.  Tyson tests positive for marijuana after the fight and the result is changed from a TKO to ‘No Contest’.

24 Jun, 2000

Tyson v Savarese: TKO 1

Tyson continues to restore his reputation overseas with a first round KO of British challenger Savarese in Glasgow, Scotland.  The challenger is hopelessly outclasses as a barrage of punches from the first bell result in a stoppage after just 38 seconds of round 1.  Tyson receives little credit for his 52nd fight from the media who insist that he must face a higher standard of opposition if he again wishes to fight for a world title.

29 Jan, 2000

Tyson v Francis: TKO 2

Tyson’s comeback moves to Manchester, England as bad press in the U.S. encourages the fallen champion to restore his reputation overseas.  The British challenger, Francis, provides little competition and the referee stops the bout early in the second round following a ferocious Tyson assault.

16 Jan, 1999

Tyson v Botha: KO 5

After 18 months out of the ring since biting the ear of Evander Holyfield, Tyson wins his latest comeback fight, his 49th, with a 5th round stoppage of Francois Botha in Las Vegas. Botha had been winning the fight on all of the judge’s scorecards before a vicious punch from Tyson ended the contest.

28 Jun, 1997

Holyfield v Tyson: W DQ 3 Ear bite

Tyson is disqualified in Round 3 for twice biting the ear of Evander Holyfield in their rematch in Las Vegas, Tyson’s 48th fight. Tyson later complains that he was retaliating for continuous headbutts by Holyfield.  A crowd of 18,187 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena produced a gate of $17,277,000. Domestic pay-per-view buys totaled more than 1.99 million and generated $99,822,000. The fight was shown on closed circuit television at 1,625 locations in the United States and generated $5,959,000. The fight was also seen in 97 foreign countries and foreign sales totaled $21,240,000, which included sponsorships.

9 Nov, 1996

Holyfield v Tyson: TKO 11

In a stunning upset, 25-1 favorite Mike Tyson loses his heavyweight crown to ‘washed up’ Evander Holyfield who frustrates and ultimately outclass the former ‘baddest man on the planet’. The Las Vegas crowd of 16,103 produced a gate of $14,150,700 while 1.59 million pay-per-view buys generated over $79 million.

7 Sep, 1996

Tyson v Seldon: TKO 1

Tyson adds the WBA belt to the WBC belt he won from Bruno as he beats Seldon in LAs Vegas in less than two minutes.  Seldon incurs the wrath of the fans and media by appearing to hit the canvas without taking a punch.

16 Mar, 1996

Tyson v Bruno: TKO 3

Tyson regains the WBC Heavyweight Title with a 3rd round TKO against Bruno in Las Vegas. Meeting for the second time referee Mills Lane stops the contest early in the third round when Bruno goes down against the ropes.  Tyson earns a reported $30million for the bout. This is the final fight of Bruno’s professional career. After the defeat Bruno’s trainer asks him what he plans to do outside the ring.

Don’t know. Go home and count the chandeliers.

19 Aug, 1995

Tyson v McNeeley: W DSQ 1

Tyson fights for the first time in over 4 years following his prison sentence. The fight sets new records for Pay Per View sales.  After two knockdowns in round 1 the referee disqualifies McNeeley when his manager enters the ring.

28 Jun, 1991

Tyson v Ruddock: W 12

Following the controversy surrounding their first meeting, Tyson’s 42nd fight sees him meeting Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock for a much anticipated rematch in Las Vegas. In an incident packed bout Ruddock is floored twice by Tyson in rounds 2 & 4.  Tyson has three points deducted but still wins a unanimous points decision as he continues his quest for another shot at the title.

18 Mar, 1991

Mike Tyson interview


Tyson gives an interview on The Arsenio Hall Show. They talk about his relationship with Don King and if his gameplan changes before he goes into the ring.

You have to let a man walk his walk if it’s something that he choose to do, let him go his way. Because if he failed, he knows that he failed doing his best.

Tyson v Ruddock: TKO 7

After two ‘easy’ comeback wins, Tyson ups the stakes for his 41st fight by taking on Ruddock in Las Vegas. In a controversial fight Tyson stops Ruddock with a 6-punch combination in round 7.  Ruddock, furious with the decision, demands a rematch.

8 Dec, 1990

Tyson v Stewart: KO 1

Tyson continues his comeback for his 40th fight with a first round stoppage of Alex Stewart in Atlantic City. Stewart hits the canvas before the referee calls a halt after 2:27 of the first round.  Tyson comes in for criticism for taking such an ‘easy’ fight as he looks to rebuild his confidence.

16 Jun, 1990

Tyson v Tillman: KO 1

Tyson comes back with a  first round knockout of Tillman at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. Tillman had previously beaten Tyson twice in the amateurs but lasts just under 3 minutes this time around.

11 Feb, 1990

Douglas v Tyson: KO 10

James ‘Buster’ Douglas stuns the world as he beats Tyson to become the new Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World.  Fighting for the second time in Tokyo, Japan, Tyson, in his 38th fight, appears under-prepared amid rumors of a less than vigorous training regime ahead of this fight.  The 42-1 underdog from Columbus, Ohio controls the fight from the outset and, in the tenth round, unleashes brutal shots on Tyson’s jaw with Tyson ending the fight on his knees desperately trying to replace his gumshield. Tyson loses his titles and moves to 37-1.

21 Jul, 1989

Tyson v Williams: TKO 1

In his 37th fight, in Atlantic City, Tyson downs Carl ‘The Truth’ Williams in a mere 93 seconds.  Tyson retains his WBC, WBA and IBF belts to back up his claim that he is the ‘baddest man on the planet’.

25 Feb, 1989

Tyson v Bruno: TKO 5

In his first fight since firing trainer Kevin Rooney, Tyson, in Las Vegas, is ‘wobbled’ for the first time in his career when the British heavyweight gets off the canvas in round one and lands a ferocious left hook on Tyson’s jaw.  Tyson is unfazed and ultimately overpowers the challenger with a fifth round stoppage to remain the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.


27 Jun, 1988

Tyson v Spinks: KO 1

In his 35th fight, in Atlantic City, Tyson produces the best performance of his career to date as he destroys the much-fancied Spinks in just 91 seconds. The fight was shown on closed circuit TV and pay-per-view. 600,000 households bought the fight on pay-per-view, generating $21 million.

21 Mar, 1988

Tyson v Tubbs: TKO 2

Tyson fights his 34th fight outside the United States for the first time as he puts his title on the line against Tony Tubbs in Tokyo, Japan.  Tyson destroys an out of shape Tubbs in two short rounds.

I did what I was supposed to do to a guy supposedly out of shape. I got rid of him quick. If he had lasted six or seven rounds, I could have been criticized. It’s his prerogative to come into the ring the way he wants. He didn’t come out like a guy who just came to pick up a paycheck, he came out to fight. He got hit with solid shot.

22 Jan, 1988

Tyson v Holmes: TKO 4

Tyson begins 1988 in Atlantic City with a fourth round stoppage against an ageing Larry Holmes to retain his status as the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. Tyson now has 33-0 wins.

16 Oct, 1987

Tyson v Biggs: TKO 7

In Atlantic City, in his first fight as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson wears down a determined and smart Biggs before delivering punches that force a 7th round stoppage.

1 Aug, 1987

Tyson v Tucker: W 12

In his 31st fight, in Las Vegas, Tyson becomes the first fighter to unify the heavyweight division as he wins a unanimous decision to add the IBF belt to the WBC and WBA belts that he already holds. In an unspectacular fight Tyson shows maturity and patience belying his years.

I was trying my best to punch inside, but I guess it wasn’t together today and he was very intimidated and it was very tough. He did a great deal of holding. He threw very fast punches.

Tyson admitted that Tucker rocked him in the first round.

Yes he did. He’s a very hard puncher. After it hit me, it was history. It went away. I was thinking that because he was very intimidated and he was freezing every once in awhile, I was thinking I would get him with a good right hand. As long as you make mistakes, you have no reason to be happy. I’m a perfectionist.

30 May, 1987

Tyson v Thomas: TKO 6

In his 30th fight in Las Vegas, Tyson hands Pinklon Thomas the first knockout of his 31 fight career with a TKO at 2:00 in round 6.  Tyson retains his WBC and WBA belts and looks forward to a unification bout with Tony Tucker.

7 Mar, 1987

Tyson v Smith: W 12

Tyson adds the WBA title to the WBC belt he took from Trevor Berbick with a 12 round unanimous decision in Las Vegas over Smith.  The spoiling defensive tactics of Smith frustrate the huge crowd and worldwide TV audience, but Tyson moves to 29-0 and now just needs Tony Tucker’s IBF belt to become the undisputed heavyweight champ.

22 Nov, 1986

Tyson v Berbick: TKO 2

Boxing history is made in Las Vegas as 20 year old Tyson destroys Berbick to take the WBC Title and become the Heavyweight Champion of the World.  Tyson takes less than six minutes to beat Berbick and become the youngest heavyweight champion ever.

What's this? This is an unbiased just-the-facts news timeline ('newsline') about Mike Tyson, created by Newslines' contributors. Help us grow it by finding and summarising news. Learn more