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Mike Tyson: Where He’s From, Why He Went to Jail and More

As a world-famous professional boxer, actor, and businessman, it doesn’t seem like there is much Mike Tyson doesn’t do. But this celebrity has had his own share of rough times, from run-ins with the law to family issues, things aren’t always great even when you are a world champion.

Want to learn more about Mike Tyson? Let’s take a look at some of the information surrounding his early life, as well as the controversies he has found himself mixed up with in the present day.

Who is Mike Tyson?

Mike Tyson is best known as a heavyweight boxer. To this day, he is still considered to be one of the best boxers of all time, and he was the undisputed world champion from 1987 to 1990. Mike Tyson’s record includes numerous knockouts as well as WBA and IBF titles.

Easily recognized by the tattoo on the side of his face, Mike Tyson has also appeared in many movies and television shows. Typically he plays himself when he appears, like in his big-name movie The Hangover, but he has made several cameos as characters as well.

Known for being ferocious in the ring, many describe Mike Tyson as an overall great man outside of it. He was even inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame for being the youngest man ever to win a heavyweight title.

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Mike Tyson, Los Angeles California in June 2019 – photo by Glenn Francis of

Where is Mike Tyson From?

Mike Tyson was born in Fort Green, Brooklyn, New York City, on June 30th, 1966. His mother was rumored to be a prostitute, while his father was a cab driver from Jamaica. He didn’t grow up close to his father, however, and there are some rumors that his father is actually his mother’s pimp, Jimmy Kirkpatrick.

Mike Tyson’s mother died when he was just 16 years old, and by that point, both men rumored to be his father had left the family. Thus, Tyson was left in the care of a boxing manager named Cus D’Amato, who would later become his legal guardian.  

How Tall is Mike Tyson?

Mike Tyson is 5’10” (1.78m) tall.

Who’s Ear Did Mike Tyson Bite Off?

In one of the most famous boxing matches in history in 1997, Mike Tyson bit the ear off of Evander Holyfield during the 3rd round of their rematch.

As a result of the incident, Tyson was disqualified from the match and suspended from boxing.

Why Did Mike Tyson Go to Jail?

Mike Tyson went to jail in 1992 as he was convicted of the rape of Desiree Washington, a beauty pageant contestant in a contest Mike Tyson was judging.

He served a little over 2 years of the sentence before he was released in 1995 for good behavior. Mike Tyson will have to be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life as a result of the incident.

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Mike Tyson: Day Of The Champions – Main Event Mike KO in Sydney, Australia in 2012. Photo by Eva Renaldi Photography.

How Many Kids Does Mike Tyson Have?

Mike Tyson has 7 biological children; however, one is deceased. He also has an 8th child by marriage, which is his second wife’s oldest daughter.

How Did Mike Tyson Lose His Daughter?

Mike Tyson’s daughter Exodus was found one day tangled up in a cord and dangling from an exercise machine. While the girl’s mother (she and Mike Tyson were not married) tried to administer CPR, there was nothing they could do, and Mike Tyson’s daughter died on May 26th, 2009.

Mike Tyson Net Worth

Although the boxing star once had to declare bankruptcy, he is now back in the green, and his current net worth is reported at $10 million.

Where Does Mike Tyson Live?

Mike Tyson lives in Seven Hills, Nevada, which is a neighborhood outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

What Happened to Mike Tyson?

Mike Tyson rose to fame quickly, becoming world-famous by the time he was just 19 years old in 1986. Unfortunately, after this point, the star began to show signs of erratic behavior, possibly a result of his rough childhood or mental illness. This was later confirmed when Tyson was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

This behavior included incidents of domestic violence, street brawls, car accidents, and rape. By the time he bit Evander Holyfield’s ear off, many were worried the boxer had descended into madness. Following the ear incident, he declared bankruptcy and was arrested for cocaine possession.

Mike Tyson spent years in a drug-induced stupor, pushing away his family. This changed in 2017 when Mike discovered toads whose venom result in a psychedelic trip. These toads helped Tyson get clean and lose weight.

Currently, Mike Tyson states that he is healthy, boxing again, and has even reconnected with his family. He owns a weed farm where he develops different strains of cannabis, as well as raises the psychedelic toads. He’s even invested in companies promoting psychedelics for the healing of mental issues. After all, they seemed to help him!

Mike Tyson Plane Incident

Although Mike Tyson is doing better mentally as of late, he still has his issues, and in 2022 Mike Tyson was filmed punching a man on a plane. Supposedly the man harassed him prior to the incident, and neither of them will be facing criminal charges.

Mike Tyson Hulu Show

There is currently a show on Hulu called “Mike” that follows the storyline of Mike Tyson’s life. Mike Tyson claims they stole his story and made a TV show out of it without his permission. He hopes that his fans will support him by not watching the show.

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Hope always knew she wanted to be a writer, but frequently her parents would try and talk her out of the dream. Well, dreams don't die that easily, and now she gets to live her dream--traveling the world and writing about all those she looks up to in life.


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