Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

Timeline of Mike Tyson, a former professional boxer known for his incredible punching power and ferocious fighting style. He became the youngest heavyweight champion in history and remains one of the most iconic figures in the sport.


June 30, 1966


Brooklyn, New York City, United States


Former professional boxer, actor, and entrepreneur


various schools in Brooklyn, New York, but did not complete high school. He focused primarily on his boxing career from a young age.
30 June 1966

Mike Tyson's Birth

Mike Tyson was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City, on June 30, 1966. He was the youngest of three children and had a troubled early life, with a criminal record before he was a teenager.

06 March 1985

Professional Boxing Debut

Tyson made his professional boxing debut as an 18-year-old on March 6, 1985, in Albany, New York. He defeated Hector Mercedes via a first-round TKO, starting his career with a powerful statement.

22 November 1986

Youngest Heavyweight Champion

On November 22, 1986, Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history by defeating Trevor Berbick for the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title at age 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days.

11 February 1990

Defeat by Buster Douglas

In a shocking upset, Tyson lost his heavyweight title to James 'Buster' Douglas on February 11, 1990, in Tokyo. Tyson was knocked out in the 10th round in what is considered one of the biggest upsets in sports history.

10 February 1992

Conviction and Imprisonment

Mike Tyson was convicted on rape charges on February 10, 1992, and sentenced to six years in prison on March 26, 1992; he would serve less than three years before being released on parole.

18 August 1995

Comeback after Prison

After being released from prison, Tyson made a comeback to professional boxing on August 19, 1995, defeating Peter McNeeley in 89 seconds of the first round.

28 June 1997

Bite Fight

On June 28, 1997, Tyson was disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield's ears during their rematch for the WBA Heavyweight Championship, which became infamously known as the 'Bite Fight'.

11 June 2005

Retirement from Boxing

Tyson declared his retirement from professional boxing after quitting before the start of the seventh round against journeyman Kevin McBride on June 11, 2005.

12 August 2011

International Boxing Hall of Fame

Tyson was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 12, 2011, a testament to his influence and performance in the sport of boxing.

28 November 2020

Exhibition Fight with Roy Jones Jr.

In his first fight in over 15 years, Tyson fought Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition match on November 28, 2020. The bout was an eight-round draw that received global attention.

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