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Retired American professional boxer

  • Michael Gerard "Mike" Tyson is a retired American professional boxer.
  • He is also known as Malik Abdul Aziz.
  • He was born on June 30, 1966.
  • He is a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old.
  • Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 of them in the first round.
  • He won the WBC title in 1986 after defeating Trevor Berbick by a TKO in the second round.
  • In 1987, Tyson added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker.
  • He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.
  • In 1988, he became the lineal champion when he knocked out Michael Spinks after 91 seconds.
  • In 1992, he was convicted of raping Desiree Washington and sentenced to six years in prison but was released after serving three years.
  • In 2002, he fought for the world heavyweight title at the age of 35, losing by knockout to Lennox Lewis.
  • He was ranked No. 16 on The Ring's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time and No. 1 in the ESPN.com list of "The hardest hitters in heavyweight history".
  • He has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

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