“I'm a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.” — Mike Tyson, Former WBC, WBA and IBF World Heavyweight Champion
“Iron” Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history 33 years ago today after knocking out World Boxing Council champion Trevor Berbick in the second round. Just one year later, Tyson won the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation heavyweight titles, making him the first and only heavyweight boxer in history to simultaneously hold the WBC,WBA and IBF titles. Tyson’s reign as the unified champion is the third-longest in the history of boxing — he successfully defended his belts on eight separate occasions, earning him the nickname of "The Baddest Man on the Planet”. A ferocious fighter, Tyson dominated professional boxing for more than a decade, though controversies inside and outside of the ring plagued his career. After retiring in 2006, Tyson was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame, and his record as boxing’s youngest heavyweight champion in history still stands to this day.