Mike Tyson Inducted to International Boxing Hall of Fame

Mike Tyson has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame along with 11 others including Sylvester Stallone and Julio Cesar Chavez. The Brooklyn native won his first 19 fights by way of knockout; 12 of those bouts never made it past the first round.On his way to unifying the titles and becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history, Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick, and earned decisions in opposition to James "Bonecrusher" Smith and Tony Tucker.

"I am honored," Tyson said. "The sport of boxing has given me so much, and it is truly a blessing to be acknowledged together with other historical boxing legends because they paved the way for me, as I hope I have inspired others in this great sport."Throughtout his career, Tyson often played the role of the boxer fans loved to hate. His comments were often shocking and brutal, and in his second ineffective fight against Evander Holyfield, he was actually disqualified for biting off a piece of his opponent's ear.

"Mike Tyson was the Notre Dame of boxing," former AP boxing writer Ed Schuyler Jr., a Hall of Famer himself, told. "People paid to see him fight, hoping he would destroy somebody or get destroyed. The haters watch as much as the lovers, you know."The "haters" lastly got their wish on the night of Feb. 11, 1990, when James "Buster" Douglas planted the then-undisputed heavyweight champion in the 10th round of their 12-round championship bout. Nevertheless, Tyson rebounded and would recapture two of his three titles before an 8th round knockout against Lennox Lewis would stop his momentum for good.


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