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Mike Tyson        

Former Boxing Heavyweight Champion; Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Mike Tyson is a former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005, with a record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years old. Tyson is often referred to as "Iron Mike" and "Kid Dynamite." Notably, he was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles. His professional debut was made at the age of 18 against Hector Mercedes, which he won via first-round TKO. Tyson's boxing prowess, characterized by his strength, hand speed, accuracy, coordination, and timing, as well as his peek-a-boo style, trained by mentor Cus D'Amato, won him the first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. In 2011, Tyson was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame, and a year later, he was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Regarded as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, Tyson's career in the ring extends beyond just professional fights. Among his many accolades, Tyson also reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990, and he successfully defended his title against James Smith on March 7, 1987.

Beyond boxing, Tyson's ability to captivate an audience extends to the entertainment industry. His career spans blockbuster movies, including The Hangover and its sequel, and television shows such as Animal Planet's "Taking on Tyson." He has also voice acted in the animated series "Mike Tyson Mysteries" and made a cameo in the movie "Liger." Tyson has shown his entrepreneurial side by launching his own clothing company and serving as the CEO of his own production company, Tyrannic Productions. In 2012, he collaborated with film director Spike Lee to bring his one-man Las Vegas show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," to Broadway, which he later took on a three-month national tour in 2013. The show also aired on HBO.

Currently retired from boxing, Tyson dedicates his time to giving back to the community. He launched his own charity, The Mike Tyson Cares Foundation, on December 7th, 2012. The Foundation's mission is to "give kids a fighting chance" by providing innovative centers that offer services to meet the comprehensive needs of kids from broken homes. Tyson is based in Las Vegas, the city that he helped electrify on numerous fight nights over the past two decades.

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Undisputed Fatherhood

As a recovering addict, with eight children ranging in ages from 3 to 25, Mike has had to make some serious changes to become the father he wishes he had. Mike shares how he mended the broken relationships he had with his older children and became a better father to his younger children.

Overcoming Addiction

Mike speaks about overcoming his addiction to drugs and alcohol , what led him to change, and the joys and challenges of living a sober life.

From the Ring to the Stage

Mike discusses how, after retiring from his legendary boxing career, he went on to play roles in film, television, and on Broadway. Mike has appeared in such hits as The Hangover, The Hangover: Part 2, How I Met Your Mother, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and his one-man Broadway show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, directed by Academy Award nominee, Spike Lee.

Turning Physical Strength into Emotional Strength

Once considered the “baddest man on the planet,” Mike Tyson has “KO’d” many with his physical strength. However, tough circumstances, such as his daughter’s death and surviving prison, taught him how to turn his physical strength into emotional strength. Your audience will be truly engaged as Mike shares his stories and explains the process.

A Champion's Tale

The story of Mike Tyson is one that has been written and talked about by many, but hearing it from the legend himself is an exceptional experience. The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world talks about growing up in poverty, getting into fights, and meeting his mentor/father-figure, boxing manager and trainer, Constantine “Cus” D’Amato. By the time he was 10 years old, Mike had already been through more than most people do in a lifetime. Mike shares stories about overcoming addiction, massive debt, and a rape conviction that will shock and inspire your audience.

Mike Tyson Cares: Giving Kids a Fighting Chance

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Undisputed Truth: An Evening with Mike Tyson

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