The Eight Most Iconic Mike Tyson Moments You Can't Miss

Latest Update / Jul 29,2022

Mike Tyson was the baddest man in boxing for some time. His explosive knockout power and aggressive style made him one of the scariest fighters in any weight class. As one of the most feared punchers in history, Tyson has left his mark on the sport as one of its most notorious figures. Iron Mike has given us plenty of memorable moments inside and outside the ring, from biting opponents to controversial disqualifications.


1. Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield's ear


Tyson was disqualified in the third round for biting off a piece of Holyfield's right ear. The fight was stopped and declared a no-contest by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Due to the severity of the bite and the fact that Tyson refused to break the bite cleanly and therefore caused more damage than a "normal" bite would have, Holyfield had to undergo surgery to repair a portion of the severed ear that was too damaged to reattach. He began the bite with his teeth unclenched and ungrounded, but as the action continued. The blood made it difficult for him to keep his mouth closed. He ground his teeth together, making two points where his teeth were embedded in his opponent's ear. The offending bite was on the left side of Holyfield's head. The bite was so severe that it was described as "looking like someone had taken a pair of scissors and cut off part of his ear."


2. Mike Tyson dq'd for behavior after defeating Orlin Manuel


In a fight marred by controversy, Tyson was disqualified for biting off a piece of his opponent's ear. The fight was originally ruled a no contest after Tyson allegedly tried to break the leg of opponent Orlin Manuel while he was on the ground. The fight later ruled a win for Manuel.


3. The Forgotten Fight: Mike Tyson vs Bernd-Coeran


In one of his earliest fights, Tyson defeated Karl-Hermann Brunk by knockout in the first round. This fight is often overlooked because it took place in a different promotion in Germany. Tyson was relatively unknown then, so it didn't get much attention.


4. Tyson Tunes In Tokyo


In one of his most controversial fights, Tyson was disqualified for biting off part of his opponent's ear. While the fight was close, many believe that the controversy surrounding the fight cost him a win.


5. The Bite Continues: Don King loses license, and Rafael Alonso gets the worst of it


After being disqualified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for biting off a piece of his previous opponent's ear, Tyson came back against Rafael "The Dominican Dictator" Alonso. Tyson knocked Alonso out with a left hook in the first round after a 13-second knockdown.


6. A New Beginning: Welcome to the world of boxing, Conor McGregor


Tyson faced the undefeated, up-and-coming boxer, Floyd Mayweather in his first mega-fight. The fight was billed as the "Battle for Greatness", but unfortunately for Tyson, Mayweather dominated the fight, winning easily by a TKO. This loss marked the beginning of the end for Iron Mike.


7. Darkest Moments: Mike Tyson's Rape Accusation and Prison Sentence


After a string of inconsistent fights, Tyson was accused of the rape and biting of an 18-year-old beauty pageant contestant. Tyson was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison. After serving three years, he was granted parole and released.


8. Still Going Strong: What's Next for Iron Mike after his Boxing Career ends?


After his boxing career ends, Iron Mike tries various things, including participating in different shows and starting a few businesses. Tyson wins $400,000 when he beats other celebrities in a Japanese game show. He also takes on the role of an analyst on Showtime Boxing and hosts a reality show called The Real Mike Tyson.



Tyson is one of the most celebrated boxers of all time. While he is known for his aggressive style, explosive knockouts, and incredibly intimidating presence, he is also notorious for his bad temper, self-destructive behavior outside the ring, and dark personality. Despite his flaws, Tyson has cemented his legacy with the boxing world. He will always be remembered as one of the most dominant boxers. And more importantly, he'll always be Iron Mike Tyson!