They say that, in his moments of glory, Tyson made 300 million dollars, but they also assure that all his promoter Don King stole it.
The one with the hair on end came to give Tyson a Bentley of the year after one of his great days, but long after, when the accountants were reviewing the champion’s numbers, they noticed that Don King had charged the luxurious car to the account of his “protégé.”
In 1998, Tyson sued Don King for $ 100 million, eventually reaching a settlement for which he agreed to just $ 14,000.
On July 24, Tyson signed the agreement via Zoom for the eight-round exhibition fight with Jones Jr., on September 12, at Dignity Health Park –without public– in Carson, California, and with a cigarette of marijuana in the mouth showed the contract before the cameras.
According to the TMZ portal, the short video application -triller- advanced $ 50,000 for the rights to the fight, and Tyson expressed that he will deliver the proceeds of this fight to those most in need.
Mike Tyson’s representatives – one of them is the attorney Vincent Fuller, who makes $ 5,000 a day – immediately contacted the publication to explain that his sponsor is committed to charitable causes, especially in the pandemic, and the exact amount of your donation will be announced after the match with Jones Jr.
Meanwhile, an exultant Jones Jr. shouted from the rooftops that the fight with Tyson has a potential of 10 million dollars for him, if the Pay Per View, PPV, sales, at $ 49.99, are successful.
Michael Gerard Tyson, born on June 30, 1966 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York – the same neighborhood of current Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores – became the youngest world champion in the history of heavyweights, after knocking out Jamaican Trevor Berbick in the second round in the fight for the crown of the World Council of Boxing, in Las Vegas, on November 22, 1986.
Tyson had come into the fight after 25 wins before the limit in 27 fights.
He reigned for 15 years in the highest division of boxing. He defeated everyone he faced. He became the only heavyweight to accumulate three crowns at the same time, adding that of the World Boxing Association and the International Boxing Federation.
He remained undefeated until February 11, 1990, at the Tokyo Dome, to the general surprise, an unknown James “Buster” Douglas knocked him out in the tenth round of a fight agreed to 12.
Outside the ring, Tyson’s life was peppered with dramatic incidents. His father abandoned his mother Lorna Mae Tyson, and Mike grew up on the streets of a really dangerous neighborhood. By age 13, he had already racked up 38 arrests for misdemeanors such as wallet and shoplifting.
“I never saw my mother happy with me and proud of me for something,” confessed Tyson. “She only knew about me that I was a boy lost in the street, who came home with different clothes and she knew that I had not paid for what I was wearing. I never had a chance to speak to or meet her. Professionally, that didn’t affect me, but it’s something emotionally and personally shocking ”.
Tyson was saved from jail because his crimes had been committed when he was under 16 and was assigned to the Spofford Juvenile Detention Center in the Bronx. He was later transferred to the Tryon School for Boys.
Once Muhammad Ali visited that center, Tyson was impressed with the impact the legendary character caused in his wake.
Tryon School counselor Bobby “Irish” Stewart, a former Golden Gloves champion, says that one day at school Tyson approached him to say he wanted to box. Considering the terrible behavior of the young man, Stewart thought it was a good idea and took him to Cus D’Amato, a coach who led 20 world champions, including Floyd Patterson and José Torres.
At the time, Tyson was 16 and his mother died. D’Amato and his wife adopted him. Tyson remembers those as the best years of his life. He finally had a functional family and that balanced him and gave him stability. On November 4, 1985, D’Amato died and for Tyson it was as if a high-speed car had lost its brakes.
They all wanted to get a slice of Tyson. He married actress Robin Givens in February 1987. A year later, on Barbara Walters’ prestigious 20/20 program on national television, Givens, in the presence of her mother and Mike, accused her husband of being manic-depressed and torturing her. Shortly after they divorced and she took a fortune.
In all, Tyson was married three times and had seven children.
Another severe blow to Tyson occurred when Miss Black Rhode Island, Desiree Washington, 18, accused him of raping her and as a result, the boxer spent three years in prison and could not fight from June 1991 to August 1995. Tyson argued that the girl went up to her hotel room of her own free will. The jury found that this did not mean that she wanted to have sex with him.
He regained the world title and then lost it to Evander Holyfield, who in a second fight had a piece of his ear bit off in the ring.
Tyson later admitted to being an alcoholic and addicted to cocaine. He reformed and embraced religion. Those who have seen him train these days assure that his punch is as fearsome as when in his golden years ESPN declared him the man who hits the hardest in boxing history.