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Did you know that Mike Tyson was a heavyweight boxer? Did you know that he is 5ft 10 inches tall? Do you know what his nicknames are? Find out lots of fun facts about this successful boxer below.

Fun Fact 1 Mike Tyson is a retired American professional heavyweight boxer. He retired from the sport in 2006.

Fun Fact 2 Mike Tyson was born on June 30th, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York City in the United States of America.

Fun Fact 3: Mike Tyson's full name is Michael Gerard Tyson. He has three siblings; an older brother called Rodney and a sister called Denise. His sister unfortunately passed away in 1990. She was only 24 years old when she died and the reason for her death was heart attack. He also has a half brother called Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick.

Fun Fact 4: Mike Tyson's real father is called Purcell Tyson and he came from Jamaica. However, the man who Mike referred to as his father was Jimmy Kirkpatrick, a baseball player from North Carolina.

Fun Fact 5: Mike Tyson and his siblings were raised by his mother, Lorna Mae. The man whom he referred to as his father, Jimmy Kirkpatrick, left the family not long after Mike was born.

Fun Fact 6: Due to financial difficulties, the family had to move to Brownsville. Mike Tyson was ten years old when they relocated and sadly, his mother passed away six years later when he was only sixteen years old.

Fun Fact 7: After Mike Tyson's mother passed away when he was just 16 years old, he was left in the care of Cus D'Amato, a boxing trainer and manager.

Fun Fact 8: Mike Tyson was raised in neighborhoods with high crime rates. His childhood was problematic and he often found himself in trouble with the law. He was arrested on countless occasions when he was growing up.

Fun Fact 9: It was during his troublesome childhood that Mike Tyson's boxing abilities were recognized by a former boxer called Bobby Stewart. They met at a juvenile detention center where Stewart worked as a counsellor.

Fun Fact 10: Bobby Stewart introduced Mike Tyson to a boxing manager and trainer called Cus D'Amato who continued to train him. Other people who were involved in training Mike Tyson included Kevin Rooney and Teddy Atlas.

Fun Fact 11: Mike Tyson still holds the record of youngest boxer to win the heavyweight titles in World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF). He was twenty years old when he won these titles.

Fun Fact 12: Mike Tyson won another world championship title in 1988 when he knocked Michael Spinks out in just ninety-one seconds. The name of this title is the lineal champion.

Fun Fact 13: Mike Tyson won World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight titles in 1996 when he defeated Bruce Seldon and Frank Bruno.

Fun Fact 14: Mike Tyson received more than 300 million dollars during his boxing career. He declared himself bankrupt in 2003!

Fun Fact 15: Mike Tyson has received many nicknames during his boxing career including Iron Mike, Kid Dynamite and The Baddest Man on the Planet.

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