Boxing legend Mike Tyson had a life that was covered extensively by the media. However, there are a few details of his life remain unexplored. Here MusicSnake Magazine put together the list of 16 interesting facts you probably don’t know about the boxing superstar.
Number One: Mike Tyson is a Bitcoin Supporter
Mike Tyson is one of the most famous Bitcoin supporters in the world. The boxer founded the company Mike Tyson Bitcoin. It happened in 2016, and the wallet has a computer wallpaper with a tattoo that Tyson has on his face.
“People don’t really understand a currency based on numerical equations… I’m grateful to be a part of the revolution and hoping that my participation in this space will lead to more conversations and help increase knowledge and awareness.”, said Mike Tyson in an interview with CoinDesk.
Number Two: He Was Friends With 2Pac
In fact, 2Pac was murdered after attending one of Tyson’s fights. The late rapper and Tyson became friends after Tupac visited Mike Tyson in prison while he was in jail for rape.
Number Three: He Once Beat Up Seven Prostitutes
When Tyson was high on morphine, cocaine and alcohol in 2009, he beat up seven prostitutes in one night. He now says that the incident helped to inspire him to get sober.
Number Four: Mike Has an Honorary Doctorate
In 1989, Tyson was given an honorary doctorate from Central State University. Ironically, Tyson never graduated high school. According to Central State University’s president at the time, Arthur Thomas, “Mike demonstrates that hard work, determination, and perseverance that can enable one to overcome any obstacles.”
Number Five: Tyson’s Video Game Sold More Than Two Million Copies
The video game revolving around Tyson was called Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out! and was released in 1987. The game became extremely popular and sold more than two million copies worldwide.
Number Six: He Has a Tattoo of Chairman Mao
While Tyson was in prison, he reportedly enjoyed going into solitary confinement so he could read Mao’s communist writings. He respected Mao so much that he got a tattoo of him on his bicep.
Number Seven: He Had to Pay His Ex-Wife an Insane Amount of Alimony
Tyson was married to ex-wife Robin Givens for less than a year, but he still had to pay her a very handsome alimony. Givens has described her marriage to Tyson as a “living hell,” and she was physically abused during the marriage. He had to pay Givens $10 million every year in alimony.
Number Eight: He Was Abstinent for Five Years
Tyson believed that having sex before a match would make him weak, so for five years he refused to have sex. This is by no means a new concept, though; many fighters believe that keeping things kosher in the bedroom will lead to a stronger and more focused fight.
Number Nine: Mike Tyson Was Nearly Obese as a Child
When Tyson was just 13 years old, he was borderline obese. He weighed nearly 200 pounds, which caused him to skip school to avoid social situations and bullies.
Number Ten: He Had Gonorrhea
In fact, Tyson had gonorrhea during his championship fight against Trevor Berbick in 1986. According to Tyson, during the match, he was “burning like a Good Humor in July.”
Number Eleven: He Groped an 11-Year-Old Girl
One of Tyson’s former trainers, Teddy Atlas, reportedly put a gun to Tyson’s head after Tyson groped his 11-year-old niece. The incident happened in 1983, and Atlas saw Tyson groping his young niece’s buttocks.
Number Twelve: He Made More Than Michael Jordan
In 1990, Tyson became the world’s highest-paid athlete, including Michael Jordan. He made $28.6 million in 1990. Michael Jordan, on the other hand, made only $8.1 million that year.
Number Thirteen: He’s Not That Highly Regarded by ESPN
On ESPN’s list of the 50 Greatest Boxers of All Time, Tyson is only number 50. Despite this, remains one of the world’s most famous and popularized boxers of all time.
Number Fourteen: He May Have 15 Brothers
Tyson’s father reportedly sired 16 children, including Tyson. However, only three of the children are full siblings of Tyson; the rest are half-siblings who do not share Tyson’s mother.
Number Fifteen: He Has a Simpsons Character
In 1991, a character debuted on The Simpsons named Drederick Tatum who was very clearly a parody of Mike Tyson. The character had a criminal record, a higher-than-normal voice with a lisp, and a mansion of exotic animals.
Number Sixteen: He Converted to Islam in Prison
When Tyson was in prison, he had a lot of time to think. This led him to convert to Islam in prison, and he even changed his name to Malik Abdul Aziz.