AT the peak of his boxing career, Mike Tyson was collecting pay cheques in the tens of millions.
Ruthless ‘Iron Mike’, who destroyed all in front of him in the 1980s and early 90s, was said to have amassed a fortune of £200million from the sport – before blowing it and declaring bankruptcy in early 2003.
Mike Tyson has driven some of the world’s most luxurious cars
Having made around £200m from boxing, Tyson blew his cash on expensive motors
But before he was deep in debt, and wasn’t buying incredible homes and ruling with a cannabis empire, he was adding to an extensive car collection.
Tyson, who returned to the ring against Roy Jones Jr, spent money on some of the world’s most exclusive motors throughout the years.
And he even once bribed a police officer with a Bentley after fearing arrest alongside his ex-wife Robin Givens.
He enjoyed brands like Rolls-Royce, Ferrari and McLaren – as luxurious cars became his go-to, before he had to auction them off to raise cash and pay off the tax man.
AMERICA’S FAVOURITE LIMOUSINE
Tyson began his assault on the heavyweight division in 1985, gaining notoriety in the ring as an 18-year-old.
With 19 wins (all by knockout) to his name at that point, he bought a stylish Cadillac Eldorado.
More money flowed, and soon after longtime trainer Cus D’Amato passed away he rewarded himself with a Cadillac Seville.
If Tyson had kept them, these vintage motors would still be worth a few bob. Some, in good condition, can get up £20,000 on the market today.
The first Tyson car bought when he made it was a Cadillac Eldorado
His fondness of the Cadillac brand led Tyson to then by their Seville model
ROLLS-ROYCE LOVE IN
Nothing screams luxury more than a Rolls-Royce.
So, when Mike won the WBA title – defeating James Smith in 1986 – he walked straight into a Manhattan garage and asked a salesman for the keys to one.
However, his manager Jim Jacobs had other ideas – whispering in his ear to wait till he was 21.
Tyson did just that – returning the day of his seminal birthday to buy a blue Rolls-Royce Silver Spur for around £110,000.
Then, after destroying Tony Tucker and adding the IBF belt to his midriff in 1987, he went for a Rolls-Royce Corniche worth £150,000.
The money started to roll in for Tyson in the late 80s
Tyson began to take a shine to Rolls-Royce
The heavyweight champ bought a Rolls-Royce Silver Spur for £110,000
Knowing he had the ‘Golden Child’ of boxing in his roster, promoter Don King was desperate to keep him sweet.
To thank his client for his hard graft in becoming the most feared fighter on the planet, he gifted Tyson TWO cars in 1988.
King added a black Rolls-Royce stretch limousine that would’ve set him back around £165,000.
He also gave Tyson another Corniche.
Aged 22, Tyson had four Rolls-Royces sitting in his garage – worth over half a million.
Don King gifted Tyson two Rolls-Royces
A stretch limousine worth £165k bought by King for Tyson
Tyson also received another Rolls-Royce Corniche from King
MERCEDES-BENZ AND TUPAC
As the 80s became the 90s, Tyson began making friends in the showbiz world, attending glitzy Hollywood parties and enjoying his new-found fame as the ‘baddest man on the planet’.
One of those pals, Tupac Shakur inspired his next impulse buy.
Thanks to the rapper, who reportedly owned one, Tyson threw cash at a white 1989 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 560SL.
A few months later Tyson’s world came crashing down – when a shock loss to James ‘Buster’ Douglas in Japan stunned the world in 1990.
That summer though, he cheered himself up with a 1990 Mercedes Benz 500 SL that had a must-have accessory of its time fitted within its interiors… a mobile phone.
Tyson was turned on to Mercedes-Benz by pal Tupac Shakur
Tyson bought a white 1989 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 560SL like his friend Tupac owned
After his shock loss to James ‘Buster’ Douglas Tyson bought a 500 SL Mercedes-Benz
FERRARI, HERE I COME
After he was sent to jail for a rape charge, serving three years behind bars, Tyson fought Frank Bruno and regained his WBC title in 1995.
With his purse, he took himself to a Ferrari dealership and bought TWO of their supercars – a Ferrari F50 and a 456 GT Spyder.
His GT Spyder was only one of two convertibles made by the Pininfarina factory – the other was ordered by the Sultan of Brunei.
Famously, Tyson did crash one of these Ferraris into a convenience store, which led to his “favourite arrest.”
“My favourite arrest I would have to say is when I bought a Ferrari,” he recalled.
“I didn’t know how to drive the Ferrari and my car went through the glass window.”
He added, “I had to get arrested for property damage.”
In 1995 Tyson bought two Ferraris with the purse he earned from beating Frank Bruno, including this F50
The 456-GT Spyder was a rarity, only Tyson and the Sultan of Brunei had one
LAMBORGHINI AND BENTLEY
In 1996, Tyson bought his first ever Lamborghini – a yellow Super Diablo Twin Turbo with the prize money earned from defeating Bruce Seldon in Las Vegas.
Again, it softened the blow of losing a friend – Tupac – who was shot dead in a drive-by shooting after attending that fight.
In-between his epic bouts with Evander Holyfield, he went back to luxury motors – buying a Bentley Continental T.
But with his bank account swelled by a £23m purse he eventually received for the Holyfield disqualification defeat he recklessly blew his wad.
A 2000 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster and the Jaguar XJ220 were added to his car collection.
He also splashed around £380,000 on a Bentley Continental SC – one of only 73 of its kind.
In 1996 Tyson bought his first ever Lamborghini
Showing he hadn’t lost his love for luxury, Tyson bought a Bentley Continental T
Tyson arrives for training in his Bentley Continental T in 1997
Tyson added a Jaguar E-Type to his car collection in the 2000s
Tysons love for Jaguar extended to its XJ220 series
Sadly for Tyson when he went bankrupt the majority of his cars went for auction
IT WASN’T GOING TO LAST
Shortly after being floored by Lennox Lewis, and with his boxing career in decline, Tyson declared himself bankrupt in 2003.
Saddled with a reported £15m-worth of debt, including millions owed to the tax man, something had to give.
Sadly for him, it was his motors – with many sold on auction, while others can be found in celebrity museums today.
Still, it was great while it lasted.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do to improve my fighting defense?
Learning how to fight intelligently can help you improve your defense. You should be able defend against all attacks and also know how you can counterattack, if necessary.
If you don’t know how to fight, then you won’t be prepared for anything. You’ll just get beaten up. However, if your fight skills are solid, you’ll be ready to face any challenge.
These are some tips that will help you improve your defense.
- Know where your opponent’s attack is coming from. This means you need to be attentive to your opponent’s body language. If he appears nervous, it could indicate that he is about to launch his next attack.
- Stay calm. Don’t panic. Instead, be calm and focussed.
- Block with your arms. Blocking with your arms is an effective and simple way to defend against attacks.
- Counterattack. Counterattack.
- Fight dirty. Fighting dirty is another way to defend yourself. If your opponent kicks you in the face, you can counter by kicking him back.
Where should I shop for boxing equipment
There are many online places where you can purchase boxing equipment. There are many online stores that sell boxing equipment, including Amazon, eBay Walmart, Target and Sports Authority. You might also consider discount stores such as Ross and TJ Maxx if you are looking for low-cost boxing gear.
Warrior, Golden Glove, or Premier Boxing Champions are all good options if quality is your goal.
How can I learn how to defend myself against boxing?
Boxing is among the oldest forms of martial art known to man. Boxing can also be considered to one of hardest sports to perform. It’s not enough to punch someone in their face and knock them out. You must know how to defend yourself from punches and kicks.
Finding a nearby boxing gym is the first step. Once you have located a good gym, you can get gloves and headgear. Gloves protect your hands while the headgear protects your head. Shorts and a Tshirt are also required.
Once you have everything you need, you will need to warm up. Start off slowly and gradually work your way up to full speed. Start sparring with another boxer when you feel confident. If you fail, don’t be discouraged. Try again until you get it right.
What are some of the benefits of learning how to box
If you want to learn how to box, then you should consider the following reasons:
- It builds confidence. Learning to box will give you the courage to face bullies or other people who might try to bully you.
- It improves your physical and mental health. Boxing helps build muscle mass. Muscle mass makes you more powerful.
- It teaches you self defense skills. You learn how fight and how to protect yourself.
- It builds mental toughness. When you face challenges, mental toughness is essential.
- It gives you a sense of accomplishment. You’ll feel like a true boxer once you master a technique.
- It’s fun! It’s great fun to get punched in your stomach.
- It’s cheap. All you need are a pair of punching bags and boxing gloves.
- It doesn’t need much space
What is the best way to learn boxing without fighting?
Boxing is not possible without fighting. To improve your boxing skills, you must work hard. If you put in the work, you will see improvements in your boxing technique, speed and endurance as well as strength and stamina.
A good fight will help you improve your boxing technique. Watch how they move, how they throw punches, and how they defend themselves. You can then try to imitate them.
Next, you’ll have to spar against another opponent boxer. This is where you will see if your boxing technique has improved. You’ll notice how fast and strong you punch, as well as how effective you are at blocking incoming punches, when you spar.
Finally, practice your boxing skills with drills. You can improve your boxing skills with practice, so be patient.
How do beginner boxers train?
Although boxing is one the oldest sports, it has only recently been rediscovered as a popular sport. Boxing is a sport that involves two fighters fighting each other in a boxing ring. They punch one another until one falls.
Finding out if boxing is something you enjoy is the first step to becoming a professional boxer. You can try watching some fights on YouTube and see how it feels to hit someone. Once you decide whether you would enjoy being a boxer, you’ll need to choose which style of fighting you’d prefer.
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How to box for exercise
How to learn how to box for Exercise
The goal of learning boxing is to improve your physical fitness level and develop self confidence. Boxing is one of the most popular sports in the world. It requires strength and speed as well agility, coordination, balance, power, and accuracy.
Boxing can be a great exercise and a way to improve your self-esteem. It will be a fun activity that you will want to do again and again.
There are many different types of boxing training programs available. Some take place at gyms or health clubs while others require you to train at home. Online courses are available that you can access anywhere in the world.
When choosing a program, make sure that it meets your goals and fits into your lifestyle. The best programs focus on exercises that increase muscle mass, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. They also promote overall well being.
Also, consider whether you prefer an advanced or beginner course. Beginner’s programs usually teach basic techniques and drills such as shadowboxing, sparring, mitt work, and punching combinations. Advanced programs often cover more complex movements, and include a greater variety of exercises.
Programs for beginners usually last eight weeks and cost less that $100. However, they do not offer guidance on nutrition, weight reduction, injury prevention, or any other aspects of boxing training.
Advanced programs generally last around six months and cost approximately $300. These programs include nutrition advice and stretching routines. Some programs also include resistance training (e.g. lifting weights) or aerobic conditioning (e.g. running).