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The Rebirth of Mike Tyson

Updated on August 22, 2016

Iron Mike Tyson

Taking on Tyson on Animal Planet is a television show that features Tyson's hundreds of pigeons. The show also has Tyson telling about his personal life.
Taking on Tyson on Animal Planet is a television show that features Tyson's hundreds of pigeons. The show also has Tyson telling about his personal life. | Source
Mike Tyson with a Hangover cast member. Iron Mike has had guest spots on many films including: The Hangover 1 and 2 and two of the Scary Movie sequels.
Mike Tyson with a Hangover cast member. Iron Mike has had guest spots on many films including: The Hangover 1 and 2 and two of the Scary Movie sequels. | Source
Iron Mike Tyson fought Lennox Lewis in Memphis, Tennessee in 2002. Tyson was knocked out in the 8th round.
Iron Mike Tyson fought Lennox Lewis in Memphis, Tennessee in 2002. Tyson was knocked out in the 8th round. | Source
Mike Tyson is in movies and on television on a regular basis. His life has been an up and down ride to say the least.
Mike Tyson is in movies and on television on a regular basis. His life has been an up and down ride to say the least. | Source
Spike Lee helped produce The Undisputed Truth which is Mike Tyson bearing his soul on broadway.
Spike Lee helped produce The Undisputed Truth which is Mike Tyson bearing his soul on broadway. | Source

Iron Mike

Mike Tyson has had a troubled past and was arrested many times before he was old enough to drive. However, he reformed enough to become the youngest Heavyweight Champion in boxing history at age of twenty. He went to prison, bit Evander Holyfield on the ear, tried to break Frans Bothas' arm and he had many other run ins with the law and crazy episodes in public and in private. Tyson grew vulgar and the public grew tired of his act fast.

Tyson has had an up and down life that he has shared openly with the world. Tyson ruled boxing from 1985-1990 and then he went to prison for rape and when he was released three years later. After he served his time in prison, he then resumed his career in the squared circle. Not only was Tyson the youngest Heavyweight Champ ever but, after three years in exile he returned to regain his crown for a second time.

Soon after he self destructed in the ring by biting Evander Holyfield and trying to break Frans Bothas' arms. He asked Holyfield to forgive him on Oprah and Holyfield accepted his apology. Both men hugged and our now friends. As a matter of fact, Holyfield and Tyson appeared in a commercial together joking about the ear bite fight.

He tragically lost a daughter and needed sympathy and it seems like maybe society hasn't totally forgave him but, it seems like the general consensus with the public is that he was given considerable sympathy during this time. Iron Mike has now morphed into a more Humble Mike. I'm pretty sure if he is disrespected he would get mad but he seems to try hard to remain peaceable.

Iron Mike has his Broadway show which was produced by Spike Lee. Now, it's a show on HBO and he also has the book called Undisputed Truth in which Tyson spills it all and tells everything about his life and gives you an inside look that you may not have known. I remember watching a Canadian news reporter who was only supposed to be questioning Mike about his touring one man show. Instead, for some strange reason, he immediately referred to Mike Tyson as a convicted rapist. This upset Mike Tyson severely and he ended the interview.

Tyson has definitely lead a life full of ups and downs. His life now however, appears to be on a positive note now. He rarely gets a chance to have alone time and he is always in the spotlight. He is married and is very much in love. His wife travels with him to do his shows and she is backstage and is able to talk to him with an ear piece. She will feed him lines or things to say and help him get through the emotional part of the speech when he starts talking about the death of his daughter.

Mike Tyson seems to be everywhere these days as he even has a promotional company called Iron Mike Promotions. He promises he has learned from Don King and he will not treat his fighters the same way he was treated by Mr. King.

I am truly a huge Mike Tyson fan and I am happy that he is in a good place in his life. He has made an incredible effort to right his wrongs and he has made many apologies including one with Teddy Atlas. Being the Mike Tyson fan that I am, I of course, wish Iron Mike the best.

Iron Mike and Charlie Sheen

Mike Tyson, seen here biting at Charlie Sheen, has turned into a loved, mainstream celebrity. He  was one of the roasters on the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen.
Mike Tyson, seen here biting at Charlie Sheen, has turned into a loved, mainstream celebrity. He was one of the roasters on the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen. | Source

Boxer To Entertainer

Iron Mike was the youngest Heavyweight Champion in boxing history and he was also a two time Heavyweight Champion in the 80's and 90's. He was a legendary fighter but, he disgraced his sport by biting Evander Holyfield on both ears in 1997. He was becoming as famous for his dirty behavior in and out of the ring as he was for his boxing prowess. Tyson has done so much good inside the ring but his antics inside and outside the ring have at times overshadowed his accomplishments.

He had popularized himself so that he was also a WWE Wrestler and was inducted into The Hall of Fame as well as the Boxing Hall of Fame as well. Vince McMahon turned his bad guy image into big profits for Mighty Mike and himself. Tyson can play a good guy or a heel in wrestling and still rake in the fans and the profits.

He has been in several films such as The Hangover parts 1 and 2. Tyson has had a show on Animal Planet called Taking on Tyson, which focuses on his love of pigeons. Tyson has been in commercials, comedy roasts on Comedy Central and he has even performed in several music videos.

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    • tsadjatko profile image

      TSAD 4 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      I knew Mike when he was 15. I Lived next door to Cus D'Amato when Mike came to live with him in Catskill, NY. A couple times I offered him a ride home as he was out running in the rain but he always finished his training. I regret I didn't get to know him better as he was unknown then but being old enough to be his father at the time we just didn't have much in common. Even at that age he already looked like he did when he started his heavyweight career.

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