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Michael Hearns is from Ireland and he has been involved for many years conducting independent research on some of the cryptic puzzles and unsolved mysteries in the Bible. Many of those puzzles involved numbers and time periods. Michael is the author of several books including The Mystery of the Tabernacle, The Messiah Immortalised in Time, Mary Magdalene – the First Pope and The “Copper Scroll” Bible.

Michael made a tantalising discovery with the biblical tabernacle of Moses. He found that the various dimensions of the tabernacle in the ancient units of square cubits had the same numerical values as the orbits of the planets. This cosmic dimension transformed the tabernacle into a metaphysical structure making it a virtual heaven on earth. It led to Michael conducting an appraisal on why it stated in the gospels that the veil of the temple or tabernacle was rent in two at the death of Jesus. With the new knowledge of the cosmic data, Michael detected that the gospel writers had used the holy tabernacle as an image motif for the tomb in order to explain the resurrection of Jesus. In turn it revealed that Mary Magdalene had acquired the same status as the traditional high priest. This was why the gospel writers recorded Mary Magdalene as looking into God’s holy of holies chamber and view the two angelic Cherubim sitting at either end of where the body of Jesus had lain. Only the high priest had access to God’s inner chamber and with that eminent status, Mary Magdalene was destined to be the first Pope.

Michael’s latest research was a root and branch study of the mysterious copper scroll treasure map, which had confounded scholars for over sixty years since its discovery in a cave by the Dead Sea. He found that it was the numbers on the copper scroll, which were the real gems for they proved to be the indices of a marvellous calendar system for mastering time itself.

Michael studied telecommunication engineering in Dublin Institute of Technology and also acquired an arts degree in The National College of Ireland.

More information is on his website www.sevenbiblewonders.com

    What did your Hearns ancestors do for a living?

    In 1940, Laborer and Laundress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hearns. 28% of Hearns men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Hearns women worked as a Laundress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hearns were Labor and Cook .

    *We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

    Top Male Occupations in 1940

    Top Female Occupations in 1940

    01. Earnie Shavers

    Shavers is wildly regarded as the hardest puncher in the history of the sport and for good reason, despite lack of high-definition video or film in his day, Shavers is directly responsibly for the early retirements of Ron Asher, Frank Smith, Bunky Akins, Bill McMurray, Harold Carter, Eddie Parotte and Larry Sims, all of whom he knocked out and never fought again.

    Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, and Ron Lyle all stated that Shavers was the hardest puncher to hit them and placed his power over the likes of Tyson and Foreman.

    Shavers allegedly auditioned for Rocky III for the role of Clubber Lang, which played by Mr. T in the final verision of the film. Shavers sparred with Sly Stallone, and despite pulling his punches, the movie star Stallone told him to open up. Shavers obliged him and dropped him with a body shot. Shavers didn’t get the part of Clubber Lang.

    Shavers biggest wins are a knockout of Ken Norton in a single-round in 1979 and former WBA heavyweight world champion Jimmy Ellis in the first round in 1973.

    That being said, Shavers failed to win a world title as “The Black Destroyer” faced two of the best world champions ever in his bids for the world title, as he fought Muhammad Ali in 1977 for the WBC and WBA heavyweight title and despite nearly stopping Ali in the second round lost a 15-round decision, and Shavers also lost to Larry Holmes for the WBC heavyweight world title in 1979 by way of decision.

    Shavers is a lesson to all fighters that power alone can not get you to a world title.

    Earnie Shavers finished his career with a record of 74-14-1 with 68 knockouts and a knockout ratio of 76.4%.

    Q&A: 30 years later, Hagler recalls bloody battle with Hearns

    Rarely can you recall a moment or two that literally altered your life, your consciousness, or your belief in beauty.

    Unless you were alive and lucid on April 15, 1985, when millions enjoyed the eight most enchanted minutes in the history of boxing, when Marvelous Marvin Hagler fought Thomas Hearns in Las Vegas.

    Though a world title carried more cachet 30 years ago, it still doesn't frame the fight in proper hues. This bout was for more than a belt. It was for pound-for-pound supremacy, two bucks in rut fighting for ownership of the other's soul. It italicized the boxer's duality of rancor and respect. It baffles our civil sensibilities to see two men assault each other then hug moments later. But if two men deserved a punch and peck on the cheek, it was Hagler and Hearns, who defied and then defined the modern aesthetics of sport.

    Hagler was a middleweight monolith who ruled his division through boxing's halcyon years, the perfect successor to the iconic Carlos Monzon. He's been living in Italy for decades now, but spent some of his time talking to CBSSports.com about his epic bout with Hearns, the state of boxing, and the megafight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

    Jason Keidel, CBSSports.com: What did you feel the second you signed the fight with Hearns?

    Hagler: I think It was well overdue. We were supposed to have it two years earlier. And he broke his little pinky finger. The second time we got this on.

    We went to 26 cities to promote the fight. Every day we looked at each other's face. This wasn't a regular fight. It was a war. Then he started making comments, about how he's gonna knock my bald head off. I said, "then I know at least you're gonna show up." It was like that for two weeks.

    CBSSports.com: What did you think of Hearns at the time?

    Hagler: I've always respected him. Watched him his whole career. This was something that had to happen. It was gaining publicity. It was bound to happen. I needed it, in a sense, because we needed fresh meat. I'd cleaned out the division. They all talked about what they'd do to me and I never ducked them.

    CBSSports.com: How long did you train?

    Hagler: We trained two and a half months. At the time it was the longest camp. I trained for [Ray] Leonard for three months. I trained in Provincetown, Mass. Back then they didn't have all the tourists on Cape Cod. Very isolated. Very good spot. I called it the jail. All you could do was train, run, walk, talk boxing.

    Thirty years ago, Marvin Hagler walked away, barely, with the middleweight title belt. (Getty Images)

    CBSSports.com: How did you feel entering the ring?

    Hagler: We had our game plan together. We knew what Tommy would do. He fights the same way no matter who he's in the ring with -- half-uppercut, half-hook, long right hand. Very skillful.

    I hated the referee. Richard Steele would keep stepping in the way. I didn't know who's side he was on. I knew something was up. It didn't smell right to me. You don't see nothing you don't hear nothing. It was very curious.

    CBSSports.com: Hearns hit you so hard he literally broke his hand on your face. How did you handle his power? He knocked the stone-jawed Roberto Duran out cold.

    Hagler: My mind was so focused that this was war. His punches didn't even faze me. I wanted him to hit me. I saw the look on his face when I took his best shot. You don't have time to think. You have to react.

    I saw it in his eyes. His look was like, "I think i might be in trouble." I wanted him to keep hitting me. He tried to box me but I kept the pressure on him. [I didn't] let him rest.

    CBSSports.com: Did you feel any additional pressure?

    Hagler: I'd been in enough fights that I felt Tommy's style was like other fighters, like other fighters out of Philly in the early part of my career. I respected Tommy. He's dangerous. He's got a lot of heart. He wants to win. I built my body like an omelet. Tommy said when he hit me, my head felt like a helmet.

    CBSSports.com: Did you study Hearns?

    Hagler: In boxing there's no more secrets today. Technology is such that you know everything about everyone. But I didn't care about it back then because I had to worry about my strategy. Also, I was the rare fighter who can fight righty or lefty, so I was ready.

    CBSSports.com: How did you feel once you won?

    Hagler: The fight had so much feeling, so many emotions. I felt such intensity. If he got up I probably would have tried to kill him. Even today when we talk about that fight, Tommy still says he thinks we should do that again. And I say, "Why? Because you don't remember the first time I knocked you out?"

    When I finished with Tommy he's never been the same. Same with [Ray] Leonard. You gotta kill Leonard to beat him. But no one is the same after I fought them -- Hearns, Duran, Leonard. All of them.

    CBSSports.com: Many people still think you beat Ray Leonard.

    Hagler: I can't tell you how many times I've been told that. Every day, even in Milan, they walk up to me with their phones or tablets, and show me the fight with Tommy, and tell me that I beat Leonard. To be the champion, you have to beat the champion. He didn't take my belt.

    CBSSports.com: How would you prepare for Mayweather?

    Hagler: I'd fight the same way I fought Hearns. Keep him off balance, don't give him time to think.

    CBSSports.com: How would you prepare for Pacquiao?

    Hagler: Now that he's been knocked out I'd look for that opening. Remind him that it happened. I've never been floored like he was against Marquez. But I've seen other fighters who've been through it, and they change after that. They aren't as sure of themselves.

    Fighters remember that one-punch KO. Something clicks and they lose it. They don't wanna be knocked out. It happened to Roy Jones.

    CBSSports.com: Does the fight on May 2 help the health of boxing?

    Hagler: This is great for boxing. Just what we need is a fight like this, to show the younger generation what this sport is about. After these guys there will be another breed. They will wanna see guys like me and Tommy and Leonard and Duran.

    CBSSports.com: Prediction for May 2?

    Hagler: I'm not ready for that. Let's see how they are toward each other. If it's all smiles, a love-fest, then that's one thing. But if they hate each other, get angry and hostile, then I can look in their eyes and see who's got the edge.

    Michael Hearns - History

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    The 1980s: Leonard Loses, Then Wins Back Title

    Leonard retained his WBC welterweight title by knocking out Dave Green in a March 1980 bout. But, his more famous fight -- perhaps one of the sport's most famous bouts -- came later in the year. Leonard lost the title to Roberto Duran in a June bout but regained it in a November rematch after Duran quit the fight in the eighth round, reportedly telling the referee "no mass" (no more).

    • March 31 - Dave Green, Landover, KO 4
    • June 20 - Roberto Duran, Montreal, L 15
    • Nov. 25 - Roberto Duran, New Orleans, TKO 8

    Leonard retained his WBC title in March and won the WBA junior middleweight belt in June. He also won the WBA and retained the WBC welterweight titles in a September bout, knocking out Thomas Hearns the 14th round.

    • March 28 - Larry Bonds, Syracuse, New York, KO 10
    • June 25 - Ayub Kalule, Houston, KO 9
    • Sept. 15 - Thomas Hearns, Las Vegas, KO 14

    Leonard retained the title in a February bout, knocking out Bruce Finch. He announced his retirement on Nov. 9.

    Leonard came out of retirement in May and would go on to fight professionally for several more years.

    Leonard won the WBC middleweight title in a 12-round contest against Marvin Hagler in April.

    Leonard won the WBC light heavyweight and super middleweight titles by knocking out Don Lalonde in November. Leonard vacated his light heavyweight title "immediately after the fight," according to Boxing News, though he did retain his super middleweight title.

    Leonard defended his WBC super middleweight title against two big-name challengers, Thomas Hearns, and Roberto Duran. Leonard's bout with Hearns ended in a draw, which allowed him to retain the title. Leonard's 12-round win against Duran was the third time he had matched up against the fighter. Leonard vacated the super middleweight title in 1990 and did not fight that year.

    Sioux Falls History Conference Features Laura Ingalls Wilder, “Pioneer Girl Perspectives”

    Ten contributors to the Pioneer Girl Project’s new book on Laura Ingalls Wilder will be featured at the annual South Dakota State Historical Society History Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn Sioux Falls—City Centre, April 28-29, 2017. “Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder,” edited by Nancy Tystad Koupal, gives fresh insight into Wilder’s success as the author of the Little House series. The book and the conference, themed “Laura Ingalls Wilder: A 150-Year Legacy,” commemorate Wilder’s 150 th birthday, which was February 7, 2017.

    Throughout the event, authors William Anderson, Caroline Fraser, Michael Patrick Hearn, Elizabeth Jameson, Sallie Ketcham, Amy Mattson Lauters, John Miller, Paula Nelson, and Ann Romines will discuss topics ranging from Wilder’s collaboration with her daughter Rose Wilder Lane to her influence on our image of the frontier and her lasting place in children’s literature. Noel Silverman of the Little House Heritage Trust, who has worked with Wilder’s writings for over forty-five years, will give a luncheon address, expanding on his interview with Koupal that appears in Pioneer Girl Perspectives. A Friday night reception will include renditions of Pa Ingalls’s fiddle music and other songs of the era played by the Sergeant Creek Stringband. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to purchase and pick up Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder prior to its public release date of May 18, 2017. On Thursday, a special fundraiser will provide the opportunity to have books signed by all of the book’s contributors.

    Conference registration is limited and can be completed at history.sd.gov or by calling (605) 773-6000. Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder will be available to the public for $29.95 on May 18, 2017.


    Michael Gerard Tyson was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City on June 30, 1966. [16] He has an older brother named Rodney (born c. 1961) [17] and an older sister named Denise, who died of a heart attack at age 24 in February 1990. [18] Tyson's biological father is listed as "Purcell Tyson" (who was from Jamaica) on his birth certificate, [19] [20] but the man Tyson had known as his father was Jimmy Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick was from Grier Town, North Carolina (a predominantly black neighborhood that was annexed by the city of Charlotte), [21] where he was one of the neighborhood's top baseball players. Kirkpatrick married and had a son, Tyson's half-brother Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick, who would help to integrate Charlotte high school football in 1965. In 1959, Jimmy Kirkpatrick left his family and moved to Brooklyn, where he met Tyson's mother, Lorna Mae (Smith) Tyson. Kirkpatrick frequented pool halls, gambled and hung out on the streets. "My father was just a regular street guy caught up in the street world", Tyson said. Kirkpatrick abandoned the Tyson family around the time Mike was born, leaving Tyson's mother to care for the children on her own. [22] Kirkpatrick died in 1992. [23]

    The family lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant until their financial burdens necessitated a move to Brownsville when Tyson was 10 years old. [24] Tyson's mother died six years later, leaving 16-year-old Tyson in the care of boxing manager and trainer Cus D'Amato, who would become his legal guardian. Tyson later said, "I never saw my mother happy with me and proud of me for doing something: she only knew me as being a wild kid running the streets, coming home with new clothes that she knew I didn't pay for. I never got a chance to talk to her or know about her. Professionally, it has no effect, but it's crushing emotionally and personally." [25]

    Throughout his childhood, Tyson lived in and around neighborhoods with a high rate of crime. According to an interview in Details, his first fight was with a bigger youth who had pulled the head off one of Tyson's pigeons. [26] Tyson was repeatedly caught committing petty crimes and fighting those who ridiculed his high-pitched voice and lisp. By the age of 13, he had been arrested 38 times. [27] He ended up at the Tryon School for Boys in Johnstown, New York. Tyson's emerging boxing ability was discovered there by Bobby Stewart, a juvenile detention center counselor and former boxer. Stewart considered Tyson to be an outstanding fighter and trained him for a few months before introducing him to Cus D'Amato. [22] Tyson dropped out of high school as a junior. [28] He would be awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Central State University in 1989. [29] Kevin Rooney also trained Tyson, and he was occasionally assisted by Teddy Atlas, although Atlas was dismissed by D'Amato when Tyson was 15. Rooney eventually took over all training duties for the young fighter. [30]

    As an amateur, Tyson won gold medals at the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympic Games, defeating Joe Cortez in 1981 and beating Kelton Brown in 1982. Brown's corner threw in the towel in the first round. He fought Henry Tillman twice as an amateur, losing both bouts by decision. Tillman went on to win heavyweight gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. [31]

    Rise to stardom

    Tyson made his professional debut as an 18-year-old on March 6, 1985, in Albany, New York. He defeated Hector Mercedes via first-round TKO. [22] He had 15 bouts in his first year as a professional. Fighting frequently, Tyson won 26 of his first 28 fights by KO or TKO 16 of those came in the first round. [32] The quality of his opponents gradually increased to journeyman fighters and borderline contenders, [32] like James Tillis, David Jaco, Jesse Ferguson, Mitch Green, and Marvis Frazier. His win streak attracted media attention and Tyson was billed as the next great heavyweight champion. D'Amato died in November 1985, relatively early into Tyson's professional career, and some speculate that his death was the catalyst to many of the troubles Tyson was to experience as his life and career progressed. [33]

    Tyson's first nationally televised bout took place on February 16, 1986, at Houston Field House in Troy, New York, against journeyman heavyweight Jesse Ferguson, and was carried by ABC Sports. Tyson knocked down Ferguson with an uppercut in the fifth round that broke Ferguson's nose. [34] During the sixth round, Ferguson began to hold and clinch Tyson in an apparent attempt to avoid further punishment. After admonishing Ferguson several times to obey his commands to box, the referee finally stopped the fight near the middle of the sixth round. The fight was initially ruled a win for Tyson by disqualification (DQ) of his opponent. The ruling was "adjusted" to a win by technical knockout (TKO) after Tyson's corner protested that a DQ win would end Tyson's string of knockout victories, and that a knockout would have been the inevitable result.

    In July, after recording six more knockout victories, Tyson fought former world title challenger Marvis Frazier in Glens Falls, New York, on another ABC Sports broadcast. Tyson won easily, charging at Frazier at the opening bell and hitting him with an uppercut that knocked Frazier unconscious thirty seconds into the fight.

    On November 22, 1986, Tyson was given his first title fight against Trevor Berbick for the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight championship. Tyson won the title by TKO in the second round, and at the age of 20 years and 4 months became the youngest heavyweight champion in history. [35] He added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker in 1987. Tyson's dominant performance brought many accolades. Donald Saunders wrote: "The noble and manly art of boxing can at least cease worrying about its immediate future, now [that] it has discovered a heavyweight champion fit to stand alongside Dempsey, Tunney, Louis, Marciano, and Ali." [36]

    Tyson intimidated fighters with his strength, combined with outstanding hand speed, accuracy, coordination and timing. [37] Tyson also possessed notable defensive abilities, holding his hands high in the peek-a-boo style taught by his mentor Cus D'Amato [38] [39] to slip under and weave around his opponent's punches while timing his own. [39] Tyson's explosive punching technique was due in large part to crouching immediately prior to throwing a hook or an uppercut: this allowed the 'spring' of his legs to add power to the punch. [40] Among his signature moves was a right hook to his opponent's body followed by a right uppercut to his opponent's chin. Lorenzo Boyd, Jesse Ferguson and José Ribalta were each knocked down by this combination. [ citation needed ]

    Undisputed champion

    Expectations for Tyson were extremely high, and he was the favorite to win the heavyweight unification series, a tournament designed to establish an undisputed heavyweight champion. Tyson defended his title against James Smith on March 7, 1987, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He won by unanimous decision and added Smith's World Boxing Association (WBA) title to his existing belt. [41] "Tyson-mania" in the media was becoming rampant. [42] He beat Pinklon Thomas in May by TKO in the sixth round. [43] On August 1 he took the International Boxing Federation (IBF) title from Tony Tucker in a twelve-round unanimous decision 119–111, 118–113, and 116–112. [44] He became the first heavyweight to own all three major belts – WBA, WBC, and IBF – at the same time. Another fight, in October of that year, ended with a victory for Tyson over 1984 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Tyrell Biggs by TKO in the seventh round. [45]

    During this time, Tyson came to the attention of gaming company Nintendo. After witnessing one of Tyson's fights, Nintendo of America president Minoru Arakawa was impressed by the fighter's "power and skill", prompting him to suggest Tyson be included in the upcoming Nintendo Entertainment System port of the Punch Out!! arcade game. In 1987, Nintendo released Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, which was well received and sold more than a million copies. [46]

    Tyson had three fights in 1988. He faced Larry Holmes on January 22, 1988, and defeated the legendary former champion by KO in the fourth round. [47] This was the only knockout loss Holmes suffered in 75 professional bouts. In March, Tyson then fought contender Tony Tubbs in Tokyo, Japan, fitting in an easy second-round TKO victory amid promotional and marketing work. [48]

    On June 27, 1988, Tyson faced Michael Spinks. Spinks, who had taken the heavyweight championship from Larry Holmes via fifteen-round decision in 1985, had not lost his title in the ring but was not recognized as champion by the major boxing organizations. Holmes had previously given up all but the IBF title, and that was eventually stripped from Spinks after he elected to fight Gerry Cooney (winning by TKO in the fifth round) rather than IBF Number 1 Contender Tony Tucker, as the Cooney fight provided him a larger purse. However, Spinks did become the lineal champion by beating Holmes and many (including Ring magazine) considered him to have a legitimate claim to being the true heavyweight champion. [49] The bout was, at the time, the richest fight in history and expectations were very high. Boxing pundits were predicting a titanic battle of styles, with Tyson's aggressive infighting conflicting with Spinks's skillful out-boxing and footwork. The fight ended after 91 seconds when Tyson knocked Spinks out in the first round many consider this to be the pinnacle of Tyson's fame and boxing ability. [50] [51]

    Controversy and upset

    During this period, Tyson's problems outside the ring were also starting to emerge. His marriage to Robin Givens was heading for divorce, [52] and his future contract was being fought over by Don King and Bill Cayton. [53] In late 1988, Tyson parted with manager Bill Cayton and fired longtime trainer Kevin Rooney, the man many credit for honing Tyson's craft after the death of D'Amato. [39] Following Rooney's departure, critics alleged that Tyson began to show less head movement and combination punching. [54] [55] In 1989, Tyson had only two fights amid personal turmoil. He faced the British boxer Frank Bruno in February. Bruno managed to stun Tyson at the end of the first round, [56] although Tyson went on to knock Bruno out in the fifth round. Tyson then knocked out Carl "The Truth" Williams in the first round in July. [57]

    By 1990, Tyson seemed to have lost direction, and his personal life was in disarray amidst reports of less vigorous training prior to the Buster Douglas match. [58] In a fight on February 11, 1990, he lost the undisputed championship to Douglas in Tokyo. [59] Tyson was a huge betting favorite indeed, the Mirage, the only casino to put out odds for the fight, made Tyson a 42/1 favorite. Tyson failed to find a way past Douglas's quick jab that had a 12-inch (30 cm) reach advantage over his own. [60] Tyson did catch Douglas with an uppercut in the eighth round and knocked him to the floor, but Douglas recovered sufficiently to hand Tyson a heavy beating in the subsequent two rounds. After the fight, the Tyson camp would complain that the count was slow and that Douglas had taken longer than ten seconds to get back on his feet. [61] Just 35 seconds into the tenth round, Douglas unleashed a brutal uppercut, followed by a four-punch combination of hooks that sent Tyson to the canvas for the first time in his career. He was counted out by referee Octavio Meyran. [59]

    The knockout victory by Douglas over Tyson, the previously undefeated "baddest man on the planet" and arguably the most feared boxer in professional boxing at that time, has been described as one of the most shocking upsets in modern sports history. [62] [63]

    After Douglas

    Despite the shocking loss, Tyson has said that losing to Douglas was the greatest moment of his career. “I needed that fight to make me a better person and fighter. I have a broader perspective of myself and boxing.” [64]

    After the loss, Tyson recovered with first-round knockouts of Henry Tillman [65] and Alex Stewart [66] in his next two fights. Tyson's victory over Tillman, the 1984 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist, enabled Tyson to avenge his amateur losses at Tillman's hands. These bouts set up an elimination match for another shot at the undisputed world heavyweight championship, which Evander Holyfield had taken from Douglas in his first defense of the title. [67]

    Tyson, who was the number one contender, faced number two contender Donovan "Razor" Ruddock on March 18, 1991, in Las Vegas. Ruddock was seen as the most dangerous heavyweight around and was thought of as one of the hardest punching heavyweights. Tyson and Ruddock went back and forth for most of the fight, until referee Richard Steele controversially stopped the fight during the seventh round in favor of Tyson. This decision infuriated the fans in attendance, sparking a post-fight melee in the audience. The referee had to be escorted from the ring. [68]

    Tyson and Ruddock met again on June 28 that year, with Tyson knocking down Ruddock twice and winning a twelve-round unanimous decision 113–109, 114–108, and 114–108. [69] A fight between Tyson and Holyfield for the undisputed championship was scheduled for November 8, 1991, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, but Tyson pulled out after sustaining a rib cartilage injury during training. [70]

    Tyson was arrested in July 1991 for the rape of 18-year-old Desiree Washington, Miss Black Rhode Island, in an Indianapolis hotel room. Tyson's rape trial took place in the Marion County superior court from January 26 to February 10, 1992. [71]

    Partial corroboration of Washington's story came via testimony from Tyson's chauffeur who confirmed Desiree Washington's state of shock after the incident. Further testimony came from the emergency room physician who examined Washington more than 24 hours after the incident and confirmed that Washington's physical condition was consistent with rape. [72]

    Under lead defense lawyer Vincent J. Fuller's direct examination, Tyson claimed that everything had taken place with Washington's full consent and he claimed not to have forced himself upon her. When he was cross-examined by lead prosecutor Gregory Garrison, Tyson denied claims that he had misled Washington and insisted that she wanted to have sex with him. [73] Tyson was convicted on the rape charge on February 10, 1992, after the jury deliberated for nearly 10 hours. [74]

    Alan Dershowitz, acting as Tyson's counsel, filed an appeal urging error of law in the Court's exclusion of evidence of the victim's past sexual conduct (known as the Rape Shield Law), the exclusion of three potential defense witnesses, and the lack of a jury instruction on honest and reasonable mistake of fact. [75] The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled against Tyson in a 2–1 vote. [75] The Indiana Supreme Court let the lower court opinion stand due to a 2–2 split in its review. The tie vote was due to the fact that the then-Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court recused himself from the case. The Chief Justice later revealed he did so because of a heated argument between his wife and Dershowitz at a Yale Law School reunion concerning the case. [76] On March 26, 1992, Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison along with four years of probation. [77] He was assigned to the Indiana Youth Center (now the Plainfield Correctional Facility) in April 1992, [78] and he was released in March 1995 after serving less than three years of the sentence. [79]

    It has been widely reported that while in prison, Tyson converted to Islam and adopted the Muslim name Malik Abdul Aziz [80] (though some sources report the adoption of a different Islamic name, Malik Shabazz). [81] However, Tyson has stated that he converted to Islam before entering prison, but made no efforts to correct the misinformation in the media. [82] Due to his conviction, Tyson is required to register as a Tier II sex offender under federal law. [83] [84] [85]

    After being paroled from prison, Tyson easily won his comeback bouts against Peter McNeeley and Buster Mathis Jr.. Tyson's first comeback fight grossed more than US$96 million worldwide, including a United States record $63 million for PPV television. The viewing of the fight was purchased by 1.52 million homes, setting both PPV viewership and revenue records. [86] The 89-second fight elicited criticism that Tyson's management lined up "tomato cans" to ensure easy victories for his return. [87] TV Guide included the Tyson–McNeeley fight in their list of the 50 Greatest TV Sports Moments of All Time in 1998. [88]

    Tyson regained one belt by easily winning the WBC title against Frank Bruno in March 1996. It was the second fight between the two, and Tyson knocked out Bruno in the third round. [89] In 1996, Lennox Lewis turned down a $13.5 million guarantee to fight Tyson. This would've been Lewis's highest fight purse to date. Lewis then accepted $4 million from Don King to step aside and allow Tyson to fight Bruce Seldon for an expected $30 million instead with the intention that if Tyson defeated Seldon, he would fight Lewis next. [90] Tyson added the WBA belt by defeating champion Seldon in the first round in September that year. Seldon was severely criticized and mocked in the popular press for seemingly collapsing to innocuous punches from Tyson. [91]

    Tyson–Holyfield fights

    Tyson vs. Holyfield I

    Tyson attempted to defend the WBA title against Evander Holyfield, who was in the fourth fight of his own comeback. Holyfield had retired in 1994 following the loss of his championship to Michael Moorer. It was said that Don King and others saw former champion Holyfield, who was 34 at the time of the fight and a huge underdog, as a washed-up fighter. [92]

    On November 9, 1996, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tyson faced Holyfield in a title bout dubbed "Finally". In a surprising turn of events, Holyfield, who was given virtually no chance to win by numerous commentators, [93] defeated Tyson by TKO when referee Mitch Halpern stopped the bout in round eleven. [94] Holyfield became the second boxer to win a heavyweight championship belt three times. Holyfield's victory was marred by allegations from Tyson's camp of Holyfield's frequent headbutts [95] during the bout. Although the headbutts were ruled accidental by the referee, [95] they would become a point of contention in the subsequent rematch. [96]

    Tyson vs. Holyfield II and aftermath

    Tyson and Holyfield fought again on June 28, 1997. Originally, Halpern was supposed to be the referee, but after Tyson's camp protested, Halpern stepped aside in favor of Mills Lane. [97] The highly anticipated rematch was dubbed The Sound and the Fury, and it was held at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena, site of the first bout. It was a lucrative event, drawing even more attention than the first bout and grossing $100 million. Tyson received $30 million and Holyfield $35 million, the highest paid professional boxing purses until 2007. [98] [99] The fight was purchased by 1.99 million households, setting a pay-per-view buy rate record that stood until May 5, 2007, being surpassed by Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. [99] [100]

    Soon to become one of the most controversial events in modern sports, [101] the fight was stopped at the end of the third round, with Tyson disqualified [102] for biting Holyfield on both ears. The first time Tyson bit him, the match was temporarily stopped. Referee Mills Lane deducted two points from Tyson and the fight resumed. However, after the match resumed, Tyson bit him again, resulting in his disqualification, and Holyfield won the match. The first bite was severe enough to remove a piece of Holyfield's right ear, which was found on the ring floor after the fight. [103] Tyson later stated that his actions were retaliation for Holyfield repeatedly headbutting him without penalty. [96] In the confusion that followed the ending of the bout and announcement of the decision, a near riot occurred in the arena and several people were injured. [104] Tyson Holyfield II was the first heavyweight title fight in over 50 years to end in a disqualification. [105]

    As a subsequent fallout from the incident, US$3 million was immediately withheld from Tyson's $30-million purse by the Nevada state boxing commission (the most it could legally hold back at the time). [106] Two days after the fight, Tyson issued a statement, [107] apologizing to Holyfield for his actions and asked not to be banned for life over the incident. [108] Tyson was roundly condemned in the news media but was not without defenders. Novelist and commentator Katherine Dunn wrote a column that criticized Holyfield's sportsmanship in the controversial bout and charged the news media with being biased against Tyson. [109]

    On July 9, 1997, Tyson's boxing license was rescinded by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in a unanimous voice vote he was also fined US$3 million and ordered to pay the legal costs of the hearing. [110] As most state athletic commissions honor sanctions imposed by other states, this effectively made Tyson unable to box in the United States. The revocation was not permanent, as the commission voted 4–1 to restore Tyson's boxing license on October 18, 1998. [111]

    During his time away from boxing in 1998, Tyson made a guest appearance at WrestleMania XIV as an enforcer for the main event match between Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin. During this time, Tyson was also an unofficial member of Michaels's stable, D-Generation X. Tyson was paid $3 million for being guest enforcer of the match at WrestleMania XIV. [112]


    —Tyson's post-fight interview after knocking out Lou Savarese 38 seconds into the bout in June 2000. [113]

    In January 1999, Tyson returned to the ring for a match against the South African Francois Botha. This match also ended in controversy. While Botha initially controlled the fight, Tyson allegedly attempted to break Botha's arms during a tie-up and both boxers were cautioned by the referee in the ill-tempered bout. Botha was ahead on points on all scorecards and was confident enough to mock Tyson as the fight continued. Nonetheless, Tyson landed a straight right hand in the fifth round that knocked out Botha. [114] Critics noticed Tyson stopped using the bob and weave defense altogether following this return. [115] Promoting the fight on Secaucus, New Jersey television station WWOR-TV, Tyson launched into an expletive-laden tirade that forced sports anchor Russ Salzberg to cut the interview short. [116]

    Legal problems arose with Tyson once again. On February 5, 1999, Tyson was sentenced to a year's imprisonment, fined $5,000, and ordered to serve two years probation along with undergoing 200 hours of community service for assaulting two motorists after a traffic accident on August 31, 1998. [117] He served nine months of that sentence. After his release, he fought Orlin Norris on October 23, 1999. Tyson knocked down Norris with a left hook thrown after the bell sounded to end the first round. Norris injured his knee when he went down and said that he was unable to continue. Consequently, the bout was ruled a no contest. [118]

    In 2000, Tyson had three fights. The first match in January was staged at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England against Julius Francis. Following controversy as to whether Tyson was allowed into the country, he took four minutes to knock out Francis, ending the bout in the second round. [119] He also fought Lou Savarese in June 2000 in Glasgow, winning in the first round the fight lasted only 38 seconds. Tyson continued punching after the referee had stopped the fight, knocking the referee to the floor as he tried to separate the boxers. [120] In October, Tyson fought the similarly controversial Andrew Golota, [121] winning in round three after Gołota was unable to continue due to a broken cheekbone, concussion, and neck injury. [122] The result was later changed to no contest after Tyson refused to take a pre-fight drug test and then tested positive for marijuana in a post-fight urine test. [123] Tyson fought only once in 2001, beating Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen by TKO in the seventh round. [124]

    Lewis vs. Tyson

    Tyson once again had the opportunity to fight for a heavyweight championship in 2002. Lennox Lewis held the WBC, IBF, IBO and Lineal titles at the time. As promising fighters, Tyson and Lewis had sparred at a training camp in a meeting arranged by Cus D'Amato in 1984. [125] Tyson sought to fight Lewis in Nevada for a more lucrative box-office venue, but the Nevada Boxing Commission refused him a license to box as he was facing possible sexual assault charges at the time. [126]

    Two years prior to the bout, Tyson had made several inflammatory remarks to Lewis in an interview following the Savarese fight. The remarks included the statement "I want your heart, I want to eat your children." [127] On January 22, 2002, the two boxers and their entourages were involved in a brawl at a New York press conference to publicize the planned event. [128] A few weeks later, the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused to grant Tyson a license for the fight, and the promoters had to make alternative arrangements. After multiple states balked at granting Tyson a license, the fight eventually occurred on June 8 at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee. Lewis dominated the fight and knocked out Tyson with a right hand in the eighth round. Tyson was respectful after the fight and praised Lewis on his victory. [129] This fight was the highest-grossing event in pay-per-view history at that time, generating $106.9 million from 1.95 million buys in the US. [99] [100]

    Later career, bankruptcy, and retirement

    In another Memphis fight on February 22, 2003, Tyson beat fringe contender Clifford Etienne 49 seconds into round one. The pre-fight was marred by rumors of Tyson's lack of fitness. Some said that he took time out from training to party in Las Vegas and get a new facial tattoo. [130] This eventually proved to be Tyson's final professional victory in the ring.

    In August 2003, after years of financial struggles, Tyson finally filed for bankruptcy. [131] [132] [133] Tyson earned over $30 million for several of his fights and $300 million during his career. At the time, the media reported that he had approximately $23 million in debt. [134]

    On August 13, 2003, Tyson entered the ring for a face-to-face confrontation against K-1 fighting phenom, Bob Sapp, immediately after Sapp's win against Kimo Leopoldo in Las Vegas. K-1 signed Tyson to a contract with the hopes of making a fight happen between the two, but Tyson's felony history made it impossible for him to obtain a visa to enter Japan, where the fight would have been most profitable. Alternative locations were discussed, but the fight ultimately failed to happen. [135]

    On July 30, 2004, Tyson had a match against British boxer Danny Williams in another comeback fight, and this time, staged in Louisville, Kentucky. Tyson dominated the opening two rounds. The third round was even, with Williams getting in some clean blows and also a few illegal ones, for which he was penalized. In the fourth round, Tyson was unexpectedly knocked out. After the fight, it was revealed that Tyson was trying to fight on one leg, having torn a ligament in his other knee in the first round. This was Tyson's fifth career defeat. [136] He underwent surgery for the ligament four days after the fight. His manager, Shelly Finkel, claimed that Tyson was unable to throw meaningful right-hand punches since he had a knee injury. [137]

    On June 11, 2005, Tyson stunned the boxing world by quitting before the start of the seventh round in a close bout against journeyman Kevin McBride. In the 2008 documentary Tyson, he stated that he fought McBride for a payday, that he did not anticipate winning, that he was in poor physical condition and fed up with taking boxing seriously. After losing three of his last four fights, Tyson said he would quit boxing because he felt he had lost his passion for the sport. [138]

    In 2000 Tyson fired everyone working for him and enlisted new accountants, who prepared a statement showing he started the year $3.3 million in debt but earned $65.7 million. [139] In August 2007, Tyson pleaded guilty to drug possession and driving under the influence in an Arizona court, which stemmed from an arrest in December where authorities said Tyson, who has a long history of legal problems, admitted to using cocaine that day and to being addicted to the drug. [140]

    Mike Tyson's World Tour

    To help pay off his debts, Tyson announced he would be doing a series of exhibition bouts, calling it Tyson's World Tour. For his first bout, Tyson returned to the ring in 2006 for a four-round exhibition against journeyman heavyweight Corey Sanders in Youngstown, Ohio. [141] Tyson, without headgear at 5 ft 10.5 in and 216 pounds, was in quality shape, but far from his prime against Sanders, at 6 ft 6 in [142] who wore headgear. Tyson appeared to be "holding back" in the exhibition to prevent an early end to the "show". "If I don't get out of this financial quagmire there's a possibility I may have to be a punching bag for somebody. The money I make isn't going to help my bills from a tremendous standpoint, but I'm going to feel better about myself. I'm not going to be depressed", explained Tyson about the reasons for his "comeback". [143] After the bout was poorly received by fans the remainder of the tour was cancelled. [144]

    Tyson vs. Jones

    It was announced in July 2020 that Tyson had signed a contract to face former four-division world champion, Roy Jones Jr., in an eight-round exhibition fight. Mixed martial arts coach Rafael Cordeiro was selected to be Tyson's trainer and cornerman. [145] [146] The bout—officially sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC)—was initially scheduled to take place on September 12 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, [147] however, the date was pushed back to November 28 in order to maximize revenue for the event. The fight went the full 8 rounds, and was declared a draw. [148] The fight was a split draw and the three judges scored the fight as follows: Chad Dawson (76–76 draw), Christy Martin (79–73 for Tyson), and Vinny Pazienza (76–80 for Jones). [149]

    In July 2020, Mike Tyson announced the creation of Mike Tyson's Legends Only League. [150] Tyson formed the league in partnership with Sophie Watts and her company, Eros Innovations. [151] The league provides retired professional athletes the opportunity to compete in their respective sport. [152] On November 28, 2020, Mike Tyson fought Roy Jones Jr. at the Staples Center in the first event produced under Legends Only League. [153] The event received largely positive reviews and was the highest selling PPV event of 2020, which ranks in the Top-10 for PPV purchased events all-time. [154] [155]

    Tyson was The Ring magazine's Fighter of the Year in 1986 and 1988. [156] A 1998 ranking of "The Greatest Heavyweights of All-Time" by The Ring magazine placed Tyson at number 14 on the list. [157] Despite criticism of facing underwhelming competition during his run as champion, Tyson's knockout power and intimidation factor made him the sport's most dynamic box-office draw. [158] According to Douglas Quenqua of The New York Times, "The [1990s] began with Mike Tyson, considered by many to be the last great heavyweight champion, losing his title to the little-known Buster Douglas. Seven years later, Mr. Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear in a heavyweight champion bout—hardly a proud moment for the sport." [159]

    He is remembered for his attire of black trunks, black shoes with no socks, and a plain white towel fit around his neck in place of a traditional robe, as well as his habit of rapidly pacing the ring before the start of a fight. [158] [160] At his peak, Tyson rarely took a step back and had never been knocked down or seriously challenged. [160] According to Martial Arts World Report, it gave Tyson an Honorable Mention in its Ten Greatest Heavyweights of All Time rather than a ranking because longevity is a factor and the peak period of Tyson's career lasted only about 5 years. [161]

    BoxRec currently ranks Tyson at number 82 among the greatest pound-for-pound boxers of all time. [162] BoxRec ranked him as one of the world's top 10 heavyweights for 12 years, and placed him at number one from 1986 to 1989. [163] In The Ring magazine's list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years, released in 2002, Tyson was ranked at number 72. [164] He is ranked number 16 on The Ring magazine's 2003 list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. [165] [166] Tyson has defeated 11 boxers for the world heavyweight title, the seventh-most in history.

    On June 12, 2011, Tyson was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame alongside legendary Mexican champion Julio César Chávez, light welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu, and actor/screenwriter Sylvester Stallone. [167] In 2011, Bleacher Report omitted Tyson from its list of top 10 heavyweights, saying that that "Mike Tyson is not a top 10 heavyweight. He killed the fighters he was supposed to beat, but when he fought another elite fighter, he always lost. I'm not talking about some of those B-level fighters he took a belt from. I'm talking about the handful of good boxers he fought throughout his career." [168]

    In 2013, Tyson was inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame and headlined the induction ceremony. [169] [170] Tyson was inducted into the Southern Nevada Hall of Fame in 2015 along with four other inductees with ties to Southern Nevada. [171] [172]

    Tyson reflected on his strongest opponents in ten categories for a 2014 interview with The Ring magazine, including best jab, best defense, fastest hands, fastest feet, best chin, smartest, strongest, best puncher, best boxer, and best overall. [173]

    In 2017, The Ring magazine ranked Tyson as number 9 of 20 heavyweight champions based on a poll of panelists that included trainers, matchmakers, media, historians, and boxers, including: [174]

    • Trainers: Teddy Atlas, Pat Burns, Virgil Hunter, and Don Turner
    • Matchmakers: Eric Bottjer, Don Chargin, Don Elbaum, Bobby Goodman, Ron Katz, Mike Marchionte, Russell Peltz, and Bruce Trampler.
    • Media: Al Bernstein, Ron Borges, Gareth A Davies, Norm Frauenheim, Jerry Izenberg, Harold Lederman, Paulie Malignaggi, Dan Rafael, and Michael Rosenthal
    • Historians: Craig Hamilton, Steve Lott, Don McRae, Bob Mee, Clay Moyle, Adam Pollack, and Randy Roberts
    • Boxers: Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson participated in the poll, but neither fighter ranked himself. Instead, a weighted average from the other panelists was assigned to their respective slots on their ballots.

    In 2020, Bill Caplan of The Ring magazine listed Tyson as number 17 of the 20 greatest heavyweights of all time. [175] Tyson spoke with The Ring magazine in 2020 about his six greatest victories, which included knockouts of Trevor Berbick, Pinklon Thomas, Tony Tucker, Tyrell Biggs, Larry Holmes, and Michael Spinks. [176] In 2020, CBS Sports boxing experts Brian Campbell and Brent Brookhouse ranked the top 10 heavyweights of the last 50 years and Tyson was ranked number 7. [177]

    In an interview with USA Today published on June 3, 2005, Tyson said, "My whole life has been a waste – I've been a failure." He continued: "I just want to escape. I'm really embarrassed with myself and my life. I want to be a missionary. I think I could do that while keeping my dignity without letting people know they chased me out of the country. I want to get this part of my life over as soon as possible. In this country nothing good is going to come of me. People put me so high I wanted to tear that image down." [178] Tyson began to spend much of his time tending to his 350 pigeons in Paradise Valley, an upscale enclave near Phoenix, Arizona. [179]

    Tyson has stayed in the limelight by promoting various websites and companies. [180] In the past Tyson had shunned endorsements, accusing other athletes of putting on a false front to obtain them. [181] Tyson has held entertainment boxing shows at a casino in Las Vegas [182] and started a tour of exhibition bouts to pay off his numerous debts. [183]

    On December 29, 2006, Tyson was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona, on suspicion of DUI and felony drug possession he nearly crashed into a police SUV shortly after leaving a nightclub. According to a police probable-cause statement, filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, "[Tyson] admitted to using [drugs] today and stated he is an addict and has a problem." [184] Tyson pleaded not guilty on January 22, 2007, in Maricopa County Superior Court to felony drug possession and paraphernalia possession counts and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs. On February 8 he checked himself into an inpatient treatment program for "various addictions" while awaiting trial on the drug charges. [185]

    On September 24, 2007, Tyson pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and driving under the influence. He was convicted of these charges in November 2007 and sentenced to 24 hours in jail. After his release, he was ordered to serve three years' probation and complete 360 hours of community service. Prosecutors had requested a year-long jail sentence, but the judge praised Tyson for seeking help with his drug problems. [186] On November 11, 2009, Tyson was arrested after getting into a scuffle at Los Angeles International airport with a photographer. [187] No charges were filed.

    Tyson has taken acting roles in movies and television, most famously playing a fictionalized version of himself in the 2009 film The Hangover.

    In September 2011, Tyson gave an interview in which he made comments about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin including crude and violent descriptions of interracial sex. These comments were reprinted on The Daily Caller website. Journalist Greta van Susteren criticized Tyson and The Daily Caller over the comments, which she described as "smut" and "violence against women". [188]

    After debuting a one-man show in Las Vegas, Tyson collaborated with film director Spike Lee and brought the show to Broadway in August 2012. [189] [190] In February 2013, Tyson took his one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth on a 36-city, three-month national tour. Tyson talks about his personal and professional life on stage. [191] The one-man show was aired on HBO on November 16, 2013.

    In October 2012, Tyson launched the Mike Tyson Cares Foundation. [192] The mission of the Mike Tyson Cares Foundation is to "give kids a fighting chance" by providing innovative centers that provide for the comprehensive needs of kids from broken homes.

    In August 2013, Tyson teamed up with Acquinity Sports to form Iron Mike Productions, a boxing promotions company.

    In September 2013, Tyson was featured on a six-episode television series on Fox Sports 1 that documented his personal and private life entitled Being: Mike Tyson. [193] [194]

    In November 2013, Tyson's Undisputed Truth was published, which appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list. [195] At the Golden Podium Awards Ceremony, Tyson received the SPORTEL Special Prize for the best autobiography. [196]

    In May 2017, Tyson published his second book, Iron Ambition, [197] which details his time with trainer and surrogate father Cus D'Amato.

    In February 2018, Tyson attended the international mixed martial arts (MMA) tournament in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. Tyson said: "as I have travelled all over the country of Russia I have realised that the people are very sensitive and kind. But most Americans do not have any experience of that." [198]

    On May 12, 2020, Tyson posted a video on his Instagram of him training again. At the end of the video, Tyson hinted at a return to boxing by saying, "I'm back". [199]

    On May 23, 2020, at All Elite Wrestling's Double or Nothing, Tyson helped Cody defeat Lance Archer alongside Jake Roberts and presented him the inaugural AEW TNT Championship. Tyson alongside Henry Cejudo, Rashad Evans, and Vitor Belfort appeared on the May 27 episode of AEW Dynamite facing off against Chris Jericho and his stable The Inner Circle. [200] Tyson returned to AEW on the April 7, 2021 episode of Dynamite and helped Jericho from being attacked by The Pinnacle, beating down Shawn Spears in the process. [201] He was the special guest enforcer on the April 14 episode of Dynamite for a match between Jericho and Dax Harwood of The Pinnacle, a preview of the upcoming Inner Circle vs. Pinnacle match at Blood and Guts. [202]

    Tyson resides in Seven Hills, Nevada. [204] He has been married three times, and has seven children, one deceased, with three women in addition to his biological children, Tyson includes his second wife's oldest daughter as one of his own. [205]

    His first marriage was to actress Robin Givens from February 7, 1988, to February 14, 1989. [52] Givens was known at the time for her role on the sitcom Head of the Class. Tyson's marriage to Givens was especially tumultuous, with allegations of violence, spousal abuse, and mental instability on Tyson's part. [206] Matters came to a head when Tyson and Givens gave a joint interview with Barbara Walters on the ABC TV newsmagazine show 20/20 in September 1988, in which Givens described life with Tyson as "torture, pure hell, worse than anything I could possibly imagine." [207] Givens also described Tyson as "manic depressive" – which was later confirmed by doctors [208] – on national television while Tyson looked on with an intent and calm expression. [206] A month later, Givens announced that she was seeking a divorce from the allegedly abusive Tyson. [206] According to the book Fire and Fear: The Inside Story of Mike Tyson, Tyson admitted that he punched Givens and stated, "that was the best punch I've ever thrown in my entire life." [209] Tyson claimed that book was "filled with inaccuracies." [210] They had no children but she reported having had a miscarriage Tyson claimed that she was never pregnant and only used that to get him to marry her. [206] [211] During their marriage, the couple lived in a mansion in Bernardsville, New Jersey. [212] [213]

    His second marriage was to Monica Turner from April 19, 1997, to January 14, 2003. [214] At the time of the divorce filing, Turner worked as a pediatric resident at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. [215] She is the sister of Michael Steele, the former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and former Republican National Committee Chairman. [216] Turner filed for divorce from Tyson in January 2002, claiming that he committed adultery during their five-year marriage, an act that "has neither been forgiven nor condoned." [215] The couple had two children son Amir and daughter Rayna.

    On May 25, 2009, Tyson's four-year-old daughter Exodus was found by her seven-year-old brother Miguel unconscious and tangled in a cord, dangling from an exercise treadmill. The child's mother untangled her, administered CPR and called for medical attention. Tyson, who was in Las Vegas at the time of the incident, traveled back to Phoenix to be with her. She died of her injuries on May 26, 2009. [217] [218]

    Eleven days after his daughter's death, Tyson wed for the third time, to longtime girlfriend Lakiha "Kiki" Spicer, age 32, exchanging vows on Saturday, June 6, 2009, in a short, private ceremony at the La Bella Wedding Chapel at the Las Vegas Hilton. [219] They have two children daughter Milan and son Morocco. [205]

    In March 2011, Tyson appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss his new Animal Planet reality series Taking on Tyson. In the interview with DeGeneres, Tyson discussed some of the ways he had improved his life in the past two years, including sober living and a vegan diet. [220] However, in August 2013 he admitted publicly that he had lied about his sobriety and was on the verge of death from alcoholism. [221] In December 2013, during an interview with Fox News, Tyson talked about his progress with sobriety and how being in the company of good people has made him want to be a better and more humble person. Tyson also talked about religion and said that he is very grateful to be a Muslim and that he needs Allah. [222] He also revealed that he is no longer vegan, stating, "I was a vegan for four years but not anymore. I eat chicken every now and then. I should be a vegan. [No red meat] at all, no way! I would be very sick if I ate red meat. That's probably why I was so crazy before." [222] In 2013, Tyson stated "the more I look at churches and mosques, the more I see the devil". [223]

    In 2015, Tyson announced that he was supporting Donald Trump's presidential candidacy. [224]

    At the height of his fame and career in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, Tyson was one of the most recognized sports personalities in the world. In addition to his many sporting accomplishments, his outrageous and controversial behavior in the ring and in his private life has kept him in the public eye and in the courtroom. [225] As such, Tyson has been the subject of myriad popular media including movies, television, books and music. He has also been featured in video games and as a subject of parody or satire. Tyson became involved in professional wrestling and has made many cameo appearances in film and television.

    The film Tyson was released in 1995 and was directed by Uli Edel. It explores the life of Mike Tyson, from the death of his guardian and trainer Cus D'Amato to his rape conviction. Tyson is played by Michael Jai White.

    Published in 2007, author Joe Layden's book The Last Great Fight: The Extraordinary Tale of Two Men and How One Fight Changed Their Lives Forever, chronicled the lives of Tyson and Douglas before and after their heavyweight championship fight.

    In 2008, the documentary Tyson premiered at the annual Cannes Film Festival in France.

    He is the titular character in Mike Tyson Mysteries, which started airing on October 27, 2014, on Adult Swim. In the animated series, Tyson voices a fictionalized version of himself, solving mysteries in the style of Scooby-Doo. [226] [227] [228]

    In early March 2015, Tyson appeared on the track "Iconic" on Madonna's album Rebel Heart. Tyson says some lines at the beginning of the song. [229]

    In late March 2015, Ip Man 3 was announced. With Donnie Yen reprising his role as the titular character, Bruce Lee's martial arts master, Ip Man, while Mike Tyson has been confirmed to join the cast. [230] Principal photography began on March 25, 2015, and was premiered in Hong Kong on December 16, 2015.

    In January 2017, Tyson launched his YouTube channel with Shots Studios, a comedy video and comedy music production company with young digital stars like Lele Pons and Rudy Mancuso. Tyson's channel includes parody music videos and comedy sketches. [231] [232]

    He hosts the podcast Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson. [233]

    In October 2017, Tyson was announced as the new face of Australian car servicing franchise Ultra Tune. He has taken over from Jean-Claude van Damme in fronting television commercials for the brand, and the first advert is due to air in January 2018 during the Australian Open. [234] [235]

    A joint Mainland China-Hong Kong-directed film on female friendship titled Girls 2: Girls vs Gangsters (Vietnamese: Girls 2: Những Cô Gái và Găng Tơ) that was shot earlier from July–August 2016 at several locations around Vietnam was released in March 2018, featuring Tyson as "Dragon". [236] [237]

    Tiki Lau released a dance music single, Mike Tyson in October 2020 which includes vocals from Tyson. [238]

    In 2021, Mike's Hard Lemonade Seltzer featured ads with Tyson. [239]

    In March 2021, it was announced that Jamie Foxx will star in, and also executive produce the official scripted series, “Tyson". [240] The limited series will be directed by Antoine Fuqua and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. [241]

    A two-part documentary series titled Mike Tyson: The Knockout premiered on May 25, 2021 on ABC [242]

    Professional record summary
    58 fights 50 wins 6 losses
    By knockout 44 5
    By decision 5 0
    By disqualification 1 1
    No contests 2
    No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Age Location Notes
    58 Loss 50–6 (2) Kevin McBride RTD 6 (10), 3:00 Jun 11, 2005 38 years, 346 days MCI Center, Washington, D.C., U.S.
    57 Loss 50–5 (2) Danny Williams KO 4 (10), 2:51 Jul 30, 2004 38 years, 30 days Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
    56 Win 50–4 (2) Clifford Etienne KO 1 (10), 0:49 Feb 22, 2003 36 years, 237 days The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
    55 Loss 49–4 (2) Lennox Lewis KO 8 (12), 2:25 Jun 8, 2002 35 years, 343 days The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. For WBC, IBF, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles
    54 Win 49–3 (2) Brian Nielsen RTD 6 (10), 3:00 Oct 13, 2001 35 years, 115 days Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
    53 NC 48–3 (2) Andrew Golota RTD 3 (10), 3:00 Oct 20, 2000 34 years, 112 days The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S. Originally an RTD win for Tyson, later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test
    52 Win 48–3 (1) Lou Savarese TKO 1 (10), 0:38 Jun 24, 2000 33 years, 360 days Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
    51 Win 47–3 (1) Julius Francis TKO 2 (10), 1:03 Jan 29, 2000 33 years, 213 days MEN Arena, Manchester, England
    50 NC 46–3 (1) Orlin Norris NC 1 (10), 3:00 Oct 23, 1999 33 years, 115 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Norris unable to continue after a Tyson foul
    49 Win 46–3 Francois Botha KO 5 (10), 2:59 Jan 16, 1999 32 years, 200 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
    48 Loss 45–3 Evander Holyfield DQ 3 (12), 3:00 Jun 28, 1997 30 years, 363 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBA heavyweight title
    Tyson disqualified for biting
    47 Loss 45–2 Evander Holyfield TKO 11 (12), 0:37 Nov 9, 1996 30 years, 132 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBA heavyweight title
    46 Win 45–1 Bruce Seldon TKO 1 (12), 1:49 Sep 7, 1996 30 years, 69 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA heavyweight title
    45 Win 44–1 Frank Bruno TKO 3 (12), 0:50 Mar 16, 1996 29 years, 260 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC heavyweight title
    44 Win 43–1 Buster Mathis Jr. KO 3 (12), 2:32 Dec 16, 1995 29 years, 169 days CoreStates Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    43 Win 42–1 Peter McNeeley DQ 1 (10), 1:29 Aug 19, 1995 29 years, 50 days MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. McNeeley disqualified after his manager entered the ring
    42 Win 41–1 Donovan Ruddock UD 12 Jun 28, 1991 24 years, 363 days The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
    41 Win 40–1 Donovan Ruddock TKO 7 (12), 2:22 Mar 18, 1991 24 years, 261 days The Mirage, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
    40 Win 39–1 Alex Stewart TKO 1 (10), 2:27 Dec 8, 1990 24 years, 161 days Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
    39 Win 38–1 Henry Tillman KO 1 (10), 2:47 Jun 16, 1990 23 years, 351 days Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
    38 Loss 37–1 Buster Douglas KO 10 (12), 1:22 Feb 11, 1990 23 years, 226 days Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan Lost WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titles
    37 Win 37–0 Carl Williams TKO 1 (12), 1:33 Jul 21, 1989 23 years, 21 days Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, and The Ring heavyweight titles
    36 Win 36–0 Frank Bruno TKO 5 (12), 2:55 Feb 25, 1989 22 years, 240 days Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA, WBC, IBF, and The Ring heavyweight titles
    35 Win 35–0 Michael Spinks KO 1 (12), 1:31 Jun 27, 1988 21 years, 363 days Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titles
    Won The Ring heavyweight title
    34 Win 34–0 Tony Tubbs TKO 2 (12), 2:54 Mar 21, 1988 21 years, 265 days Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titles
    33 Win 33–0 Larry Holmes TKO 4 (12), 2:55 Jan 22, 1988 21 years, 186 days Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titles
    32 Win 32–0 Tyrell Biggs TKO 7 (15), 2:59 Oct 16, 1987 21 years, 108 days Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titles
    31 Win 31–0 Tony Tucker UD 12 Aug 1, 1987 21 years, 32 days Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA and WBC heavyweight titles
    Won IBF heavyweight title
    Heavyweight unification series
    30 Win 30–0 Pinklon Thomas TKO 6 (12), 2:00 May 30, 1987 20 years, 334 days Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA and WBC heavyweight titles
    Heavyweight unification series
    29 Win 29–0 James Smith UD 12 Mar 7, 1987 20 years, 250 days Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC heavyweight title
    Won WBA heavyweight title
    Heavyweight unification series
    28 Win 28–0 Trevor Berbick TKO 2 (12), 2:35 Nov 22, 1986 20 years, 145 days Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Won WBC heavyweight title
    27 Win 27–0 Alfonso Ratliff TKO 2 (10), 1:41 Sep 6, 1986 20 years, 68 days Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
    26 Win 26–0 José Ribalta TKO 10 (10), 1:37 Aug 17, 1986 20 years, 48 days Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
    25 Win 25–0 Marvis Frazier KO 1 (10), 0:30 Jul 26, 1986 20 years, 26 days Civic Center, Glens Falls, New York, U.S.
    24 Win 24–0 Lorenzo Boyd KO 2 (10), 1:43 Jul 11, 1986 20 years, 11 days Stevensville Hotel, Swan Lake, New York, U.S.
    23 Win 23–0 William Hosea KO 1 (10), 2:03 Jun 28, 1986 19 years, 363 days Houston Field House, Troy, New York, U.S.
    22 Win 22–0 Reggie Gross TKO 1 (10), 2:36 Jun 13, 1986 19 years, 348 days Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
    21 Win 21–0 Mitch Green UD 10 May 20, 1986 19 years, 324 days Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
    20 Win 20–0 James Tillis UD 10 May 3, 1986 19 years, 307 days Civic Center, Glens Falls, New York, U.S.
    19 Win 19–0 Steve Zouski KO 3 (10), 2:39 Mar 10, 1986 19 years, 253 days Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, U.S.
    18 Win 18–0 Jesse Ferguson TKO 6 (10), 1:19 Feb 16, 1986 19 years, 231 days Houston Field House, Troy, New York, U.S. Originally a DQ win for Tyson, later ruled a TKO
    17 Win 17–0 Mike Jameson TKO 5 (8), 0:46 Jan 24, 1986 19 years, 208 days Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
    16 Win 16–0 David Jaco TKO 1 (10), 2:16 Jan 11, 1986 19 years, 195 days Plaza Convention Center, Albany, New York, U.S.
    15 Win 15–0 Mark Young TKO 1 (10), 0:50 Dec 27, 1985 19 years, 180 days Latham Coliseum, Latham, New York, U.S.
    14 Win 14–0 Sammy Scaff TKO 1 (10), 1:19 Dec 6, 1985 19 years, 159 days Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
    13 Win 13–0 Conroy Nelson TKO 2 (8), 0:30 Nov 22, 1985 19 years, 145 days Latham Coliseum, Latham, New York, U.S.
    12 Win 12–0 Eddie Richardson KO 1 (8), 1:17 Nov 13, 1985 19 years, 136 days Ramada Hotel, Houston, Texas, U.S.
    11 Win 11–0 Sterling Benjamin TKO 1 (8), 0:54 Nov 1, 1985 19 years, 124 days Latham Coliseum, Latham, New York, U.S.
    10 Win 10–0 Robert Colay KO 1 (8), 0:37 Oct 25, 1985 19 years, 117 days Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
    9 Win 9–0 Donnie Long TKO 1 (6), 1:28 Oct 9, 1985 19 years, 101 days Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
    8 Win 8–0 Michael Johnson KO 1 (6), 0:39 Sep 5, 1985 19 years, 67 days Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
    7 Win 7–0 Lorenzo Canady KO 1 (6), 1:05 Aug 15, 1985 19 years, 46 days Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
    6 Win 6–0 Larry Sims KO 3 (6), 2:04 Jul 19, 1985 19 years, 19 days Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
    5 Win 5–0 John Alderson TKO 2 (6), 3:00 Jul 11, 1985 19 years, 11 days Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
    4 Win 4–0 Ricardo Spain TKO 1 (6), 0:39 Jun 20, 1985 18 years, 355 days Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
    3 Win 3–0 Don Halpin KO 4 (6), 1:04 May 23, 1985 18 years, 327 days Albany, New York, U.S.
    2 Win 2–0 Trent Singleton TKO 1 (4), 0:52 Apr 10, 1985 18 years, 284 days Albany, New York, U.S.
    1 Win 1–0 Hector Mercedes TKO 1 (4), 1:47 Mar 6, 1985 18 years, 249 days Plaza Convention Center, Albany, New York, U.S.
    Professional record summary
    2 fights 0 wins 0 losses
    Draws 1
    Non-scored 1
    No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
    2 Draw 0–0–1 Roy Jones Jr. SD 8 Nov 28, 2020 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Scored by the WBC
    1 N/A N/A Corey Sanders N/A 4 October 20, 2006 Chevrolet Centre, Youngstown, Ohio, U.S. Non-scored bout

    Professional boxing

    PPV home television

    Closed-circuit theatre TV

    Select pay-per-view boxing buy rates at American closed-circuit theatre television venues:

    Date Fight Buys Revenue Revenue (inflation)
    June 27, 1988 Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks 800,000 [255] $32,000,000 [255] $70,020,000
    June 28, 1997 Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II 120,000 [256] $9,000,000 [257] $14,510,000
    Total sales 920,000 $41,000,000 $79,930,000

    Professional wrestling

    World Wrestling Federation

    All Elite Wrestling

    Humane letters

    The Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, in 1989 awarded Tyson an honorary doctorate in humane letters: "Mike demonstrates that hard work, determination and perseverance can enable one to overcome any obstacles." [29]

    Thomas Hearns elected to Hall of Fame

    Former five-division champion Thomas Hearns, one of the most powerful punchers and popular fighters of his era, was one of 13 men elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in balloting results announced Tuesday.

    Joining Hearns in the modern fighter category -- meaning they had their last bout no earlier than 1943 -- are Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, a former flyweight and junior bantamweight champion, and the late Cocoa Kid.

    Also elected in the non-participant category were five-time trainer of the year Freddie Roach ring announcer Michael Buffer, famous for his "Let's get ready to rumble" call and late promoters Hugh D. McIntosh and Rip Valenti.

    Elected in the observer category were Showtime broadcaster and former longtime ESPN analyst Al Bernstein and journalist Michael Katz, who covered boxing for decades for The New York Times and New York Daily News, and was an Internet boxing pioneer.

    Posthumous honorees include former flyweight contender Newsboy Brown Leo Houck, who competed from flyweight to heavyweight heavyweight contender Jake Kilrain in the old-timer category and James Wharton in the pioneer category.

    The class of 2012 will be inducted during ceremonies at the Canastota, N.Y., shrine on June 10. Inductees were voted on by members of the Boxing Writers Association, a panel of international boxing historians and members of the Hall's board of directors.

    Detroit's Hearns (61-5-1, 48 KOs) -- known as the "Hit Man" and "Motor City Cobra" -- and Johnson (44-5, 28 KOs), of Washington, D.C., were elected in their first year of eligibility after being retired for five years.

    Hearns fought from 1977 to 2006 and was part of the legendary foursome that included Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran, whose round-robin of mega fights from welterweight to super middleweight carried boxing in the 1980s. Hearns won titles at welterweight, junior middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight (twice) and electrified fans with numerous action fights.

    "To me this is an amazing accomplishment," said Hearns, who will join his longtime manager and trainer Emanuel Steward in the Hall. "It makes me so happy to know that I made it after all these years and so many fights. I'm thrilled. Muhammad Ali is my idol. He's the man that got me into the boxing business. It's great that I will be on the Hall of Fame wall with him."

    Hearns is most famous for a pair of thrilling fights that he lost -- his 1981 welterweight unification fight with Leonard, who stopped him in the 14th round in one of the biggest fights in boxing history, and his third-round knockout loss to Hagler challenging for the middleweight championship in 1985. Hagler-Hearns is widely regarded as one of the greatest fights in boxing history, with the first round regarded as one of the most exciting ever.

    But Hearns also won major fights, too. He destroyed Pipino Cuevas with a booming right hand in the second round to win a welterweight title in 1980. In 1982, he out-pointed Hall of Famer Wilfred Benitez to win a junior middleweight title. In perhaps his most spectacular victory, Hearns defended the title against Duran, knocking him out with one punch in the second round.

    Johnson, a fast and skillful southpaw, won titles at 112 and 115 pounds and was regularly ranked in the top 10 on the pound-for-pound list during the prime of his career from 1990 to 2006.

    "This is wonderful," Johnson said. "This is an awesome moment for me. The Hall of Fame is the biggest award that an athlete can achieve. I strived my whole career to be in the Hall. I can't say enough. This is a dream come true, just wonderful."

    He won a flyweight title with a first-round knockout of Francisco Tejedor in 1996 and made seven defenses, although he could never lure the other big names of his time -- Johnny Tapia, Danny Romero, Michael Carbajal or Ricardo Lopez -- into the ring.

    In 1999, Johnson won a junior bantamweight title with a lopsided decision against Ratanachai Singwancha in Washington and made two defenses. In 2003, Johnson authored a major upset to win another junior bantamweight title when he decisioned Fernando Montiel.

    Kid, born Herbert Lewis Hardwick in Puerto Rico before eventually settling in New Haven, Conn., fought from 1929 to 1948 and boxed from featherweight to middleweight. He was a top contender in several divisions during his career but never got the opportunity to fight for a title. He compiled a career record of 176-56-10 with 48 knockouts.

    Roach, Buffer and Bernstein are all still high-profile figures in boxing today.

    Roach, a former journeyman fighter, has trained more than 20 world champions, although he is best known for his work with pound-for-pound star and eight-division titleholder Manny Pacquiao. He also worked with champions such as James Toney, Virgil Hill, Bernard Hopkins, Oscar De La Hoya, Michael Moorer, Tapia and reigning titleholders Amir Khan and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Roach will join his mentor, the late Eddie Futch, in the Hall.

    "I'd like to thank everyone, from the bottom of my heart, who voted for me and congratulate those inducted with me," Roach said. "I started my career in professional boxing with Eddie Futch and now we will be together, forever, enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame with the greatest legends of the sport. I am truly honored and humbled."

    Buffer's famous "Let's get ready to rumble" phrase before major fights is known worldwide and he has introduced thousands of fighters and dispensed as many results. He got his start on USA in 1982 and then became a regular on ESPN.

    "When I think of all the great inductees, from legends 100 years ago to so many great fighters and non-participants that are now being inducted, to be thought of in such great company is the greatest compliment I can receive in my boxing career," Buffer said.

    Bernstein has called thousands of fights, although he is best known for his long stint on ESPN's "Top Rank Boxing" series and for his current role as the analyst on Showtime's "Showtime Championship Boxing."

    "I appreciate this very much. I'm actually kind of dumbstruck," Bernstein said. "(Hall of Fame broadcaster) Don Dunphy was a great mentor to me and a great idol. Just the thought of being in the same place as him is special."


    O'Hearn was born in Kirkland, Washington, on January 26, 1969. [2] He has eight siblings. [3]

    Acting Edit

    O'Hearn had a minor supporting role in the 1992 film Death Becomes Her, and later starred as Clark Kent/Superman in the 2004 Sandy Collora fan film World's Finest. [ citation needed ] He appeared as the gladiator Titan on the 2008 revival of American Gladiators, making him the only individual to appear on both the original series (in which he played the gladiator Thor) and the revival series. [4] He also played Michael O'Dell on the American Gladiators-like show Battle Dome from 1999 to 2001. In 2008, he made a guest appearance on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives as a bartender, and reprised his role of Titan on an episode of NBC's Celebrity Family Feud with fellow gladiators Jet, Venom, and Wolf. [5] In February 2009, he made a guest appearance as a cage fighter in episode 14 of NBC's Knight Rider revival. [6] In 2011, he appeared in season 7 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, playing Mac's "avatar" in the episode "How Mac Got Fat". That same year, he played a bodybuilder in the Workaholics episode "Muscle I'd Like to Flex". In 2012, O'Hearn self-produced and starred in the 7-episode action sci-fi thriller, Alter Ego. [7] On June 29, 2016, he played The Hulk in episode 63 of Epic Rap Battles of History. [8]

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