Since 1978, Mike Tyson has been the first undisputed heavyweight champion. He won this title after he defeated Trevor Berbick in the championship. He has served jail time and has earned appearances in several movies. Tyson is popular for his fierce attitude, notable defensive abilities and quick fists in the ring. One time, he bit off the ear of a fellow boxer during a rematch.
Date of Birth: June 30, 1966
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
He retired in 2005 after losing to Kevin McBride and since then remains a history maker. His rise from a delinquent childhood to a boxing champion puts him at the centre of media’s attention and makes him an inspiration to so many hopeless individuals. Mike has been through the rough and awry side of life but is today a proof that things can always get better. Read on to see his family life and how he has coped as a father.
Jimmy “Curlee” Kirkpatrick (father)
Year of birth: 1924
Year of death: 2001 (age 68)
He was practically non-existent in the life of his son. Jimmy was one of his neighbourhood’s top baseball players. When Mike was two years old, Kirkpatrick abandoned his wife and kids leaving them to struggle financially. Tyson had to be raised in a community with a high rate of crime and this contributed to his violent nature.
Lorna Mae Smith (mother)
Year of Birth: 1927
Year of Death: 1982 (age 55)
Mama Mike has had a great influence on her son but sadly this role was more negative than positive. She had a formidable presence that ended up skewing his perceptions of women. Because of his mother’s slick nature, Mike ended up seeing women as equals in physical confrontation. She was one hot mother who responded to life violently, she also manifested this in her child raising.
Lorna never believed in her son. Even when he started doing well in boxing and his name was everywhere, Smith considered him insane. To her, Mike was a good for nothing son who had let her hopes down countless number of times. She only knew ‘Iron Mike’ as one wild kid that was known as a street fighter. Lorna died to cancer when Tyson was 16 leaving him in the care of his surrogate father and trainer Cus D’Amato.
Cus D’Amato (surrogate father, a trainer)
Date of birth: January 17, 1908
Date of death: November 4, 1985 (age 77)
Camille Ewald (surrogate mother, her sister was married to Cus’ elder brother)
Year of birth: 1905
Year of death: 2001 (age 96)
Cus did use Camille’s bid Victorian house in Catskill, as a year-round training camp for his boxers. Mike did also live there. Camille said that one day Mike brought home a friend and introduced her as his mother. The friend was shocked because of her white skin.
Rodney Tyson (elder brother from same parents)
Rodney is five years older than his boxer brother, Tyson. They lived in the slum growing up but today, Rodney is a trauma surgeon. He is in fact one of the No 1 trauma guy in the country. Sadly these brothers, do not see each other so often. Mike says his family is not one of those families with close ties, he blames this on the many demons and pains in his family.
Jimmie Lee Kirkpatrick (he can be half-brother or step-brother from previous Jimmy Kirkpatrick’s relationships)
In interview to Chicago tribune Mike said that he had a step-brother from North Carolina who was a high school football star. Other sources say that Jimmie is Tyson’s half-brother.
Denise Anderson (nee Tyson) (sister from same parents)
Year of Birth: 1966
Year of Death: February 21, 1990 (age 24)
She died at the age of 24 due to a heart attack. She was the only sister Mike had and he loved her dearly in the midst of his trouble-filled childhood. He was closed with her and spoke on the phone often. Denise had two kids with her husband Roger, daughter Erica and son Roger Jr.
Robin Givens (ex-wife)
Duration of marriage: February 7, 1988 – February 14, 1989
Date of Birth: November 27, 1964
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Tyson tied the knot with Robin Givens and they were together for only one year. This one year was hell according to Givens as she accuses her ex-husband of spousal abuse and mental instability.
They never had a child together; rather there was a miscarriage in May 1988 just months after they were newly wedded. Robin is more popular for being a fine actress and model than for being one of Tyson’s former wives.
Monica Turner (ex-wife)
Duration of Marriage: April 19, 1997 – January 14, 2003
In July 1991, Mike was arrested for the rape of an 18 year old girl names Desiree Washington. This was at the peak of his career and he was sentenced to six years. He spent 3 years out of his jail term then was released in 1995. Monica was the next on his list after his release and just a month after being acquitted, he started dating the then paediatric resident.
Turner is now a Paediatrician and is the second wife to the youngest man to win the title of undisputed champion. She filed for a divorce in January 2002 on the basis of adultery but already had two kids with the world renowned star.
Lakiha Spicer (wife)
Duration of Marriage: June 6, 2009 till present
Two weeks after he lost his four year old daughter Exodus, the heavyweight champion married for the third time. Michael describes this third marriage as a life changing one. Since he has been married to Kiki, he says life has turned a more positive leaf. He credits his wife for rescuing him from a life of despair.
The first time the couple ever met was when she was 18 and was at a boxing event with her father who was an influential Muslim cleric. After being warned not to mess around with her, the stubborn star still went ahead and by the time Kiki was 23, they had started dating casually. They were on and off several times and each time only became stronger.
Both of them reconnected finally while they were both in their darkest phases of life. Spicer had just served six months jail term from a rime related with her father’s fraudulent company. Tyson at the time was battling drug addiction. They had their daughter Milan around this same time and Mike realized that she was the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with as she remained there for him after he hit rock bottom.
D’Amato Tyson (not Mike Tyson’s son)
Year of Birth: May 2, 1990
Natalie Fears field a paternity and palimony suit against Mike Tyson in 1991. But the blood test shows that Mike is not the father of her son D’Amato according to deseretnews.com. Still when the boy was born Mike thought that he was his biological son and named him after his second father Cus D’Amato.
Mikey Lorna Tyson (daughter with Kimberly Scarborough)
Year of Birth: 1990
Mikey is the first kid to Mike Tyson.
Gena Turner (Monica Turner’s daughter from previous marriage to Eugene Byrd)
Year of birth: 1990
Gena’s biological father is a convicted cocaine dealer Eugene Byrd. Still Mike calls Gena his daughter.
Rayna Tyson (daughter with Monica Turner)
Date of Birth: February 14, 1996
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Rayna is known for her work on ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’ (2017).
Amir Tyson (son with Monica Turner)
Date of Birth: August 5, 1997
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Amir is an American University student and was born to Tyson’s second wife.
Miguel Leon Tyson (son)
Year of Birth: 2002
As much as Mike Tyson was known for his excellent skills in the pitch, he was tagged an ‘unfaithful partner’. He loved women and the women loved him right back. Miguel is one of his sons with an undisclosed partner.
Exodus Tyson (daughter with Sol Xochitl)
Year of Birth: 2005
Date of Death: May 26, 2009 (age: 4)
Things turned very tragic for Tyson’s family when his little daughter was found dead in their home. She was playing at her mother’s home that day when accidentally got strangled by a cord dangling from the home treadmill. Exodus was rushed to the hospital immediately but died the next day.
Milan Tyson (daughter with Lakiha Spicer)
Date of Birth: December 25, 2008
After the death of his daughter Exodus, Milan was indeed the next best thing that happened to him.
Morocco Tyson (son with Lakiha Spicer)
Date of Birth: January 25, 2011
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
He is the eighth child to the retired boxer. Mike refers to him as a calm and sweet child and he has been overwhelmed with joy since Morocco’s arrival.