Mike Tyson Gives a New Twist to His 19-Year-Old Face Tattoo

Published 01/02/2022, 6:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 03: Former boxer Mike Tyson performs during his one-man show “Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage” at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on March 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)


Heavyweight legend Mike Tyson seems to relish the initial days of 2022, with some potential big plans on board. Following a successful 2021 as an entrepreneur and HotBoxin podcast host, Tyson will appear in movies this year and can add more twists to his career.

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Meanwhile, he also added a twist to his face tattoo and was seen enjoying it during new Year’s eve. Tyson has been donning his iconic face tattoo since 2003. He inked it before his fight against Clifford Etienne.

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While the tattoo now is almost two decades old, it remains a prime identity for Mike Tyson. Recently, Resorts World in Las Vegas inaugurated a 10 feet statue of Tyson, outside the Mulberry Street Pizzeria. The statue is of a young Mike Tyson in his 20s, when he didn’t have the tattoo. But it still imprinted the ink on the statues that we saw. This portrays the popularity of Tyson’s face tattoo and ‘Iron’ reflected it yet again on his social media.

 

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He posted a picture on Instagram a few hours back and wrote, “New Years Eve Glow #2022”. A neon light hit the face tattoo perfectly, as it glowed the brightest.

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Mike Tyson’s face tattoo has also found its way into the cinematic universe. Several filmmakers have sampled it on the big screen, with ‘Hang Over’ being one of the most famous portrayals. Actor Ed Helms inked the Tyson tattoo on his face as ‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’ also did a cameo in the film. Hence, it’s nothing new that Tyson’s face tattoo is grabbing attention, as it has been doing since its inception in 2003.

How did the face tattoo work for Mike Tyson in the ring?

Tyson inked the tattoo in the last days of his career. He fought only thrice as a professional with the tattoo on his face. After knocking out Ettiene in 2003, Tyson lost back to back against Danny Williams and Kevin McBride and hung his gloves. It was a time of sheer financial crisis for ‘Iron’ as he was declared bankrupt in 2003.

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 15: Actor and former boxer Mike Tyson attends the world premiere of the movie “China Salesman” at the Cannery Casino Hotel on June 15, 2018 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, the final two fights fetched him a comfortable financial condition again. Today, 55-year-old Tyson is back to making news, outside the ring.

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He is now a successful boxing analyst, a media personality, and a part-time actor who remains a global superstar, even post-retirement.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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