Mike Tyson was born on June 30, 1966 at Brooklyn, New York City. He was raised in a neighborhood that was famous for its notoriously high crime levels. At the age of 10, he had to move with his mother to the Brownsville neighborhood as they were not able to meet their daily expenses. Tyson was always in bad company, joining street gangs in committing petty crimes and thefts.
By the age of 13, Tyson had already been arrested 38 times and was sent to the juvenile home in Johnstown called Tryson School for Boys. His talent was first noted by detention centre counselor Bobby Stewart. He trained him for a few months and after seeing his immense potential, introduced him to seasoned trainer Cus D’Amato.
Tyson’s first success was the winning of the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympic Games. In March 1985, he turned professional when he was just 18 years old. In his first 28 fights, Tyson was able to win 26 of them by Knockout or TKO. Soon Tyson was in the centre of media attention for his high intensity punches by which opponents were knocked out in the first few rounds itself.