Michael Gerard Tyson

As a professional, Michael debuted when he was 18 on March 6, 1985, New York. He had beaten Hector Mercedes by knock outing him at first round. During Mike’s first year among professionals, Mike had 15 bouts. Tyson was boxing frequently and won 26 of his first 28 fights – 16 of them in the first round. The class of his opponents was increasing steadily. His win flash got a lot of media attention. Fascinated, reporters started calling him the next great heavyweight champion.
In his first title fight against Trevor Berbick on November 22, 1986, Tyson won by second-round TKO and ­­gained the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight championship title. He became the youngest heavyweight champion in history. Tyson’s victory got plenty of great compliments.
Due to rigorous training amp. discipline, Mike found himself living a life that was very different from the lives of the majority of young people. He confessed that at his career start it was difficult for him.
I used the thing I was missing out by not hanging out non parties. But I did all that stuff when I was younger, and others 20-year-olds are missing what I have now – the excitement, meeting people, being known all over the world, doing what you like to do and making a great deal of money doing it. (EBONY, p.78)
Tyson started big campaign to win all the best heavyweight boxers on the planet. On March 7, 1987, in Las Vegas, he not only defended his belt in the fight against James Smith by undivided decision, but also added World Boxing Association (WBA) belt of Smith to his existing one.
After his fight with Tony Tucker on August 1, 1987, Mike became the first heavyweight boxer to possess all three most important belts — WBA, WBC, and IBF — simultaneously. In October 1987 after knockout in the seventh round, Tyson got one more scalp of another big shot – Tyrell Biggs, 1984 Olympics Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist.
Mike has an incredible strength, and many boxers were intimidated by him. He had terrific hand speed, coordination, accuracy, timing and power. He had excellent defensive abilities as well.

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