Mike Tyson is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, heavyweight world champion from 1986 to 1990, with a brief spell in 1996. Among the most recognizable and paid athletes of the eighties and nineties, despite the low height for the heavyweight category, and thanks to his remarkable technique and physicality, he was one of the most effective and fearsome hunters in history.
Tyson won his first 19 fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. In 1986, at the age of 20, 4 months and 22 days, he took the WBC crown against Trevor Berbick, becoming the youngest heavyweight champion of the world, a record that still remains unbeaten.
A year later he also won the WBA and IBF titles, becoming the undisputed champion and the first heavyweight to unify the world championships. In 1988 he became linear champion when he KO'd Michael Spinks in 91 seconds.
He defended his belts on nine occasions, before being knocked out by Buster Douglas in what was termed one of the greatest surprises in the history of the sport. In 1992 he was charged with rape of Desiree Washington and sentenced to 6 years in prison.
During his detention he converted to Islam and took the Islamic name of Malik Abdul Aziz. Released in 1995, he made his return to the ring and in 1996 won the WBA and WBC titles by defeating Frank Bruno and Bruce Seldon by KO respectively.
This made him one of the heavyweights capable of regaining a division belt after losing it. After being deprived of the WBC World Cup, he lost the WBA crown in a match against Evander Holyfield in November of the same year and in their rematch he was disqualified for biting his opponent's ear by pulling off a piece of cartilage.
Mike Tyson hits a man on a US flight!
Mike Tyson hit a passenger on a plane on a domestic flight in the US. The American boxer was captured by a video from a smartphone: the former heavyweight champion repeatedly punched a man on a plane about to leave San Francisco, after being irritated by attempts to talk to him.
The footage shows Tyson leaning over the back of the seat and then unloading a barrage of blows on the passenger seated in the back, showing bruises and bleeding wounds from the assault. American police, JetBlue airline, and Tyson representatives did not make any immediate comments on Thursday.
TMZ portal said: "Tyson had had enough of the guy behind him talking in his ear and told him to calm down. But the guy continued, and according to witness Tyson started throwing several punches in the face. "