5 Things Mike Tyson Failed to Accomplish in His Legendary Boxing Career

Published 07/06/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 25: Mike Tyson speaks onstage during the “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truthts” panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour – Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


Mike Tyson ranks among the biggest boxing stars in boxing. In his vast boxing stint, Tyson became a fan favorite in no time and became a flamboyant face of the heavyweight division. The hard-hitting heavyweight achieved paramount accolades with his high-voltage prowess. But there are 5 things that ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ failed to accomplish even after hanging around the game for a while.

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That said, here we look at some of those things which Tyson couldn’t fetch/achieve.

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Mike Tyson never won an Olympic medal

Tyson was racing to become a heavyweight hotshot at a young age. He analyzed himself and after a short amateur boxing run, ‘Iron’ Mike turned into a professional boxer and he never made an appearance in the Olympics for the US.

Failed to achieve 2 million PPV buys

Though Tyson was the most intimidating heavyweight of the retro era, his fights still never captivated 2 million PPV buys. His highest-grossing fight was against rival, Evander Holyfield in 1997, which reported 1.99 million PPV buys.

Never avenged his pro-boxing losses

Mike Tyson, in his boxing reign, lost 6 times in total. His very first pro-boxing loss came in 1990 against James Douglas. Post that, he lost two fights to his arch-nemesis, Evander Holyfield. Later he lost to Lennox Lewis, Kevin McBride, and Danny Williams.

Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson (black trunks) exits the ring after his split draw against Roy Jones, Jr. (white trunks) during a heavyweight exhibition boxing bout for the WBC Frontline Belt at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Scarnici/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

These losses put a slight dent on ‘Iron’ Mike’s decorated resume because he never avenged these from his rival opponents.

Never won an exhibition bout

In November 2020, Tyson took up an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. In this fight, the 55-year-old showed a snippet of his old self and went all out against Jones Jr. Yet, he failed to fetch a win in this fight and it ended with a draw. But despite that, he entertained a vast sea of an audience.

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Failed to retire with an immaculate track record

‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ hung up his gloves from the game in 2005 and his record stood 50-6. Many expected that Tyson would go on to become the undefeated stalwart of heavyweight boxing. But he certainly couldn’t do the same.

However, Tyson was a true entertainer and there’ll be no one as unusual as him.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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