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He also hosts TV and radio sports talk shows. our editorial process Andrew Eisele Updated March 08, 2017 Mike Tyson Fight-by-Fight Career Record Mike Tyson - Photo Gallery - 1986-1989 June 30, 1966 - Mike Gerard Tyson is born in Brooklyn, New York to Lorna Tyson and Jimmy Kirkpatrick. 1978 - Tyson, 12, is arrested in Brooklyn for purse-snatching and sent to Tryon School for Boys. 1979 - A boxing instructor at a New York State correction facility for boys brought Tyson to the attention of Cus D'Amato, who had guided Floyd Patterson to the heavyweight title. 1982 - Tyson is expelled from Catskill High School for a series of transgressions. 1984 - D'Amato becomes Tyson's legal guardian. March 6, 1985 - In his professional debut, Tyson defeats Hector Mercedes in one round. Nov. 4, 1985 - D'Amato dies of pneumonia. Jan. 1986 - "When you see me smash somebody's skull, you enjoy it." Feb. 1986 - "I try to catch them right on the tip of his nose because I try to punch the bone into the brain." Nov. 22, 1986 - Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick in the second round, winning the WBC heavyweight title to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history at age 20. March 3, 1987 - Tyson defeats James "Bonecrusher" Smith at Las Vegas to win the WBA heavyweight title. May 30, 1987 - Tyson knocks out Pinklon Thomas in the sixth round at Las Vegas to retain his WBA-WBC heavyweight titles. May 30, 1987 - "Every shot was thrown with bad intentions. I was hoping he would get up so I could hit him again and keep him down." Aug. 1, 1987 - Tyson decisions Tony Tucker to retain the WBA-WBC heavyweight titles and win the IBF heavyweight title. Oct. 16, 1987 - Knocks out Tyrell Biggs in the seventh round in Atlantic City to retain the world heavyweight title. Jan. 22, 1988 - Tyson knocks out Larry Holmes in the fourth round to retain the world heavyweight title. Feb. 9, 1988 - Tyson weds actress Robin Givens in New York. March 1988 - "Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn't have a cent. Do you know what I do sometimes? Put on a ski mask and dress in old clothes, go out on the streets and beg for quarters." March 1988 - "I love to hit people. I love to. Most celebrities are afraid someone's going to attack them. I want someone to attack me. No weapons. Just me and him. I like to beat men and beat them bad." March 1988 - "When I fight someone, I want to break his will. I want to take his manhood. I want to rip out his heart and show it to him." March 21, 1988 - Tyson knocks out Tony Tubbs to retain the world heavyweight title. May 1988 - Tyson dents his Bentley convertible in a traffic accident in Manhattan. He gives the $183,000 car to two cops, later resulting in their suspensions. June 17, 1988 - Robin Givens and her family publicly accuse Tyson of domestic violence. June 1988 - "Anyone with a grain of sense would know that if I punched my wife I would rip her head off. It's all lies. I have never laid a finger on her." June 27, 1988 - Tyson sues manager Bill Cayton to break their contract. June 27, 1988 - Tyson knocks out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds to become undisputed linear heavyweight champion. July 27, 1988 - Settles Cayton suit out of court, reducing Cayton's managerial share from one-third to 20 percent of purses. Aug. 23, 1988 - Breaks a bone in his right hand in a 4 a.m. street brawl with professional fighter Mitch Green in Harlem. Sept. 4, 1988 - Tyson crashes his BMW into a tree. The New York Daily News reports three days later that it was a suicide attempt. Sept. 4, 1988 - Tyson is knocked unconscious after driving his BMW into a tree. Three days later, the New York Daily News reports the accident was a "suicide attempt" caused by a "chemical imbalance" that made him violent and irrational. Sept. 30, 1988 - Givens says in a nationally televised interview that Tyson is a manic-depressive and that she is afraid of him. Tyson sits meekly next to her. Oct. 7, 1988 - Givens files for divorce. Oct. 14, 1988 - Tyson countersues Givens for divorce and annulment. Oct. 26, 1988 - Tyson becomes partners with Don King. Dec. 12, 1988 - Sandra Miller of New York sues Tyson for allegedly grabbing her, propositioning her and insulting her at a nightclub. Dec. 15, 1988 - Lori Davis of New York sues Tyson for allegedly grabbing her buttocks while she was dancing at the same nightclub on the same night as the incident with Miller. Feb. 14, 1989 - Tyson and Givens are divorced in the Dominican Republic. Feb. 25, 1989 - Tyson knocks out Frank Bruno to retain the world heavyweight title. Mike Tyson Fight-by-Fight Career Record Mike Tyson - Photo Gallery - 1986-1989 April 9, 1989 - Accused of striking a parking attendant three times with an open hand outside a Los Angeles nightclub after the attendant asked Tyson to move his Mercedes-Benz out of a spot reserved for the club's owner. The charges are later dropped due to lack of witness cooperation. July 21, 1989 - Tyson knocks out Carl "The Truth" Williams to retain the world heavyweight title. Feb. 11, 1990 - In a stunning upset, Tyson is knocked out by James "Buster" Douglas in the 10th round and loses his world heavyweight title. Nov. 1, 1990 - A New York City civil jury awards Sandra Miller $100 for battery after an incident in which boxer Tyson grabbed her breasts, insulted and propositioned her. The jury found Tyson's behavior "not outrageous." June 28, 1991 - In his last fight before his legal problems, Tyson defeats Razor Ruddock in 12 rounds. July 18, 1991 - Tyson meets Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant, at a pageant rehearsal. They go to the boxer's hotel room in the early morning hours. July 22, 1991 - Washington files a complaint with police accusing Tyson of rape. Sept. 9, 1991 - A special grand jury indicts Tyson on rape and three other charges. Two days later, he is booked in Indianapolis and released on $30,000 cash bond. Feb. 10, 1992 - After nine hours of deliberation, Tyson is found guilty on one count of rape and two counts of deviate sexual conduct. March 26, 1992 - Superior Court Judge Patricia Gifford sentences Tyson to 10 years in prison, suspending four. She orders him to serve the term immediately. May 8, 1992 - Tyson is found guilty of threatening a guard and disorderly conduct in prison, adding 15 days to his sentence. Oct. 28, 1992 - Tyson's father, Jimmy Kirkpatrick, dies in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tyson does not ask for a leave to attend the funeral. Aug. 6, 1993 - By a 2-1 vote, the Indiana Court of Appeals upholds Tyson's conviction. Sept. 2, 1993 - The Indiana Supreme Court denies Tyson's appeal without comment. March 25, 1995 - Tyson is released from the Indiana Youth Center near Plainfield, Indiana. Aug. 19, 1995 - Begins comeback with 89 seconds victory over Peter McNeeley in Las Vegas. Dec. 16, 1995 - Knocks out Buster Mathis, Jr. in third round in Philadelphia. March 16, 1996 - Knocks out Frank Bruno in third round to win the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas. Sept. 7, 1996 - Knocks out Bruce Seldon in first to win the WBA heavyweight title in Las Vegas. Stripped by WBC immediately after fight for not fighting mandatory challenger Lennox Lewis. Nov. 9, 1996 - Loses to Evander Holyfield when referee Mitch Halpern stops the bout in the 11th round. June 28, 1997 - Tyson is disqualified after the third round of his rematch with Holyfield after he bites Holyfield twice, once on each ear. Tyson claims he was retaliating for a head butt inflicted by Holyfield that opened up a gash above his right eye. Referee Mills Lane ruled the butt was accidental. July 9, 1997 - The Nevada State Athletic Commission, in a unanimous voice vote, revoked Tyson's boxing license and fined him $3 million for biting Holyfield. Oct. 16, 1997 - Ordered to pay boxer Mitch Green $45,000 even though a jury ruled the former heavyweight champion was provoked into a Harlem street fight in 1988. Oct. 29, 1997 - Broke a rib and punctured a lung on his right side when his motorcycle skidded off a Connecticut highway after hitting a patch of sand. March 5, 1998 - Filed a $100 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York against Don King, accusing the promoter of cheating him out of tens of millions of dollars. March 9, 1998 - Filed a lawsuit against former managers Rory Holloway and John Horne, claiming they betrayed him by arranging a deal that made King the former heavyweight champion's exclusive promoter. March 9, 1998 - Sherry Cole and Chevelle Butts filed a $22 million lawsuit against Tyson claiming he verbally and physically abused them March 1 at a Washington bistro after his sexual advances toward one of them were spurned. July 16, 1998 - The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated a $4.4 million award that a jury decided boxer Tyson owes former trainer Kevin Rooney for unjustly firing him. July 17, 1998 - Applied for a boxing license in New Jersey. July 29, 1998 - Appeared before the New Jersey Athletic Control Board to get a boxing license to resume his career. Tyson first choked back tears as he apologized for biting Evander Holyfield's ears. At the end of his 35-minute appearance, however, Tyson cursed in front of regulators after being continually questioned about biting Holyfield. Aug. 13, 1998 - On the eve of a meeting of the New Jersey Athletic Control Board, Tyson's advisers abruptly withdrew his application for a New Jersey boxing license. Mike Tyson Fight-by-Fight Career Record Mike Tyson - Photo Gallery - 1986-1989 Aug. 31, 1998 - Tyson's Mercedes is rear-ended in Gaithersburg, Maryland. According to subsequent lawsuits, Tyson kicked one driver in the groin and punched another in the face before being restrained by his own bodyguards. Sept. 2, 1998 - Richard Hardick filed an assault charge against Tyson. Hardick says he was kicked in the groin by Tyson after his car rear-ended a Mercedes driven by Tyson's wife, Monica, on Aug. 31. Sept. 3, 1998 - Abmielec Saucedo filed a criminal assault against Tyson claiming Tyson punched him in the face as Saucedo talked with another driver following the accident of Aug. 31. Oct. 13, 1998 - The psychiatric report of Tyson is released. According to doctors who examined him for five days, the report states Tyson is depressed and lacks self-esteem, but is mentally fit to return to boxing. The psychiatrists believe Tyson most likely won't "snap" again as he did when he bit Holyfield. Oct. 19, 1998 - The Nevada Athletic Commission voted 4-1 to restore Tyson's boxing license, with the lone holdout commissioner James Nave. Oct. 1998 - "I know I'm going to blow one day ... My life is doomed the way it is. I have no future. I feel bad about my outlook, how I feel about people and society, and that I'll never be part of society the way I should." Oct. 1998 - "A lot of young women don't know what they're getting themselves into. A lot of them think it's fun, a game ... But they truly don't know what they're into when they lock themselves into a room and engage in sex with a man who knows how to handle a woman." Nov. 1998 - "I think I'll take a bath in his blood." Dec. 1, 1998 - Tyson pleads no contest to misdemeanor assault for kicking and punching two motorists involved in the Aug. 31 auto accident in Maryland. Dec. 1998 - "I'm not much for talking. You know what I do. I put guys in body bags when I'm right." Dec. 1998 - "The one thing I know, everyone respects the true person and everyone's not true with themselves. All of these people who are heroes, these guys who have been lily white and clean all their lives, if they went through what I went through, they would commit suicide. They don't have the heart that I have. I've lived places they can't defecate in." Jan. 11, 1999 - "I could sell out Madison Square Garden masturbating." Jan. 16, 1999 - Tyson knocked out Francois Botha in the fifth round. Tyson admitted to trying to break Botha's arm during the fight Feb. 5, 1999 - Tyson sentenced to two concurrent two-year sentences for assaulting two motorists after a traffic accident in 1998. Judge Stephen Johnson suspended all but one year of jail time. Tyson was also fined $5,000 and sentenced to two years' probation after his release from jail. The decision could lead to more jail time for violating parole in Indiana. Feb. 20, 1999 - Tyson was put in an isolation cell after a disturbance at the Montgomery County Detention Center. Several TV stations in Washington reported that Tyson became upset, either in his cell or a break room, and threw a television set. The set narrowly missed jail guards, and there were no injuries. It was later reported that Tyson was taken off anti-depressants two days previous to this incident. Feb. 26, 1999 - Tyson was allowed to step out of solitary confinement today and won back his privileges following an appeal of a disciplinary ruling, his lawyer said. Paul Kemp said tyson's punishment for throwing a television in a recreation room in jail on Feb. 19 "was reduced to time served and he was restored to regular privileges". Oct. 23, 1999 - In bout with Orlin Norris, Tyson hit Norris after the bell in the first round and the fight is declared a No Contest. Nov. 18, 1999 - Members of 24-Carat Ferret Rescue arrive at boxer Tyson's estate in Las Vegas, where they take possession of two ferrets starving to death. Dec. 10, 1999 - Authorities say they won't charge Tyson with neglecting two ferrets at his Las Vegas home mostly because they don't know who was supposed to be taking care of the animals. Mike Tyson Fight-by-Fight Career Record Mike Tyson - Photo Gallery - 1986-1989 Jan. 29, 2000 - Tyson stops Julius Francis in the second round in Manchester, England. Feb. 8, 2000 - Tyson reaches settlement with two women who alleged he assaulted them at a Washington restaurant. They accused Tyson of grabbing one woman and requesting a sexual relationship, and that he swore at the other woman. They asked for a total of $7.5 million in damages. Lawyers for both sides agreed to keep terms of the settlement confidential. May 19, 2000 - Tyson is accused by a topless dancer in a Las Vegas nightclub of punching her in the chest and hurling expletives at her. Police were called to the scene, but after interviewing witnesses, including Tyson himself, they decided not to press charges. June 24, 2000 - In bout with Lou Savarese, Tyson knocked the referee down in order to keep punching Savarese after the bout was stopped. June 27, 2000 - The former topless dancer is said to be seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit filed against Tyson in connection with the May incident. The lawsuit has not been brought to court. Aug. 22, 2000 - Tyson was fined $187,500 for his behavior after his 38-second victory over Savarase but escaped a ban from fighting again in Britain. Sept. 14, 2000 - "I'm on the Zoloft to keep me from killing y'all ... It has really messed me up, and I don't want to be taking it, but they are concerned about the fact that I am a violent person, almost an animal. And they only want me to be an animal in the ring." Oct. 20, 2000 - Tyson defeats Andrew Golota. After the fight, Tyson is forced to submit a urine sample, which tests positive for marijuana. Michigan commission changes result to a No Contest. Oct. 13, 2001 - Tyson defeats Brian Nielsen in seven rounds in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dec. 18, 2001 - Police investigate claims that Tyson assaulted an ex-boxer outside a New York nightclub. Retired heavyweight Mitchell Rose filed the complaint, claiming Tyson attacked him after he made a joke about the former champion's entourage of women. Jan. 2, 2002 - Tyson checked out of a Havana hotel after witnesses said he tossed glass Christmas ornaments at journalists trying to interview him. There were no reports of injuries, arrests or serious damage. Jan. 22, 2002 - A press conference to announce the April 6 Tyson - Lennox Lewis fight breaks into an all-out brawl. Tyson later admits to having bitten Lewis on the leg during the melee. Jan. 22, 2002 - Police in Las Vegas said that they found evidence supporting a woman's claim she was raped by Tyson. The local district attorney's office says it will decide whether to charge Tyson. Jan. 29, 2002 - "Just to let you know, I'm crazy, but I'm not crazy like that. I might want to have sex in a crazy place, but I don't want to kill or rape nobody or hurt nobody." Jan. 29, 2002 - "I'm not Mother Teresa, but I'm not Charles Manson either." May 1, 2002 - "It's no doubt I am going to win this fight and I feel confident about winning this fight. I normally don't do interviews with women unless I fornicate with them. So you shouldn't talk anymore ... Unless you want to, you know." May 1, 2002 - "I wish that you guys had children so I could kick them in the fucking head or stomp on their testicles so you could feel my pain because that's the pain I have waking up every day." Mike Tyson Fight-by-Fight Career Record Mike Tyson - Photo Gallery - 1986-1989 May 1, 2002 - "I'm just like you. I enjoy the forbidden fruits in life, too. I think it's un-American not to go out with a woman, not to be with a beautiful woman, not to get my dick sucked ... It's just what I said before, everybody in this country is a big fucking liar. (The media) tells people ... that this person did this and this person did that and then we find out that we're just human and we find out that Michael Jordan cheats on his wife just like everybody else and that we all cheat on our fucking wife in one way or another either emotionally, physically or sexually or one way." May 1, 2002 - "There's no one perfect. We're always gonna do that. Jimmy Swaggart is lascivious, Tyson is lascivious -- but we're not criminally, at least I'm not, criminally lascivious. You know what I mean. I may like to fornicate more than other people -- it's just who I am. I sacrifice so much of my life, can I at least get laid? I mean, I been robbed of my most of my money, can I at least get head without the people wanting to harass me and wanting to throw me in jail?" May 1, 2002 - "I feel like sometimes that I was born, that I'm not meant for this society because everyone here is a fucking hypocrite. Everybody says they believe in God but they don't do God's work. Everybody counteracts what God is really about. If Jesus was here, do you think Jesus would show me any love? Do you think Jesus would love me? I'm a Muslim, but do you think Jesus would love me ... I think Jesus would have a drink with me and discuss ... why you acting like that? Now, he would be cool. He would talk to me. No Christian ever did that and said in the name of Jesus even ... They'd throw me in jail and write bad articles about me and then go to church on Sunday and say Jesus is a wonderful man and he's coming back to save us. But they don't understand that when he comes back, that these crazy greedy capitalistic men are gonna kill him again." June 8, 2002 - Tyson is knocked out by Lennox Lewis in the eight round in Memphis, Tennnessee. Jan. 13, 2003 - Tyson is divorced from his wife Monica, with whom he has two children. Feb. 22, 2003 - Tyson knocks out Clifford Etienne in the first round in Memphis, Tennnessee. May 28, 2003 - In an interview, boxer Tyson denounces Desiree Washington as "just a lying, reptilian, monstrous, young lady. I just hate her guts. She put me in that state where, I don't know, I really wish I did now. Now I really do want to rape her and her fucking mama." June 21, 2003 - Tyson allegedly beats up two autograph seekers in the lobby of the Brooklyn Marriott. July 11, 2003 - A bodyguard files suit against Tyson, claiming that the boxer punched him twice in the face, breaking his left orbital bone. Aug. 1, 2003 - Tyson files for bankruptcy in New York. Sept. 13, 2003 - Tyson attends a charity benefit at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. When asked why he came, Tyson confesses "Because I've got nothing else to do." Sept. 21, 2003 - Rap artist 50 Cent purchases Tyson's 48,000-square-foot mansion in Farmington, Connecticut for $4.1 million. June 28, 2004 - In an interview, Tyson announces that since declaring bankruptcy "I've got nowhere to live. I've been crashing with friends, literally sleeping in shelters. Unsavoury characters are giving me money and I'm taking it. I need it. The drug dealers, they sympathise with me. They see me as some sort of pathetic character ... I know I was a tough, bad-ass talking fighter, but I ain't no mob figure. I did my time for the rape. I paid my money to Las Vegas. I paid my dues. I ain't the same person I was when I bit that guy's ear off." July 30, 2004 - Tyson is knocked out in the fourth round by Danny Williams in Louisville, Kentucky. June 11, 2005 - Tyson fails to come out for the seventh round against Kevin McBride in Washington, D.C.. After the fight, Tyson said "I don't have the stomach for this anymore. I most likely won't fight anymore. I'm not going to disrespect the sport by losing to this caliber of fighter".