‘Iron’ Mike Tyson is one of boxing’s most famous and controversial figures. In 1986 aged just 20 years old he became the youngest heavyweight champion of the world. Having made the news headlines for all the wrong reasons in the years that followed, his reputation became tarnished. Three years in prison over rape charges, confirmed drug use, and the notorious biting of Evander Holyfield’s ear in a boxing match during 1997 all pointed to a volatile and dangerous character both in and out of the ring. Here we bring you 10 interesting facts you may not know about the life of Mike Tyson.
#1 – He abstained from sex for 5 years
In the 5 years leading up to becoming champion of the world, Mike Tyson abstained from sex. He believed that having sex before a fight would make him a weak boxer.