Mike Tyson Salary: How Much Money Did He Make per Fight?

Published 09/05/2021, 6:48 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 08: Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson speaks during the third annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction gala at Caesars Palace on August 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


In his prime, Mike Tyson was possibly one of the most feared men in combat sports. From growing up amongst petty thieves in Brownsville to training with Cus D’Amato to facing some of the toughest fighters to imprisonment to even undergoing financial ruins, Mike Tyson has seen it all.

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Whether it is for his brutal finishes inside the boxing ring or it is for his eccentric and controversial lifestyle outside the ring, Mike Tyson has been the talk of the town throughout his whole career and on November 28, 2020, Mike Tyson made his comeback to the sport against fellow legend Roy Jones Jr.

Under the umbrella of American promoter Don King, he became the biggest name in boxing through the 1990s. Within that decade, Mike Tyson’s net worth soared to $300-$400 million.

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Most of his earnings stemmed inside the ring; however, the youngest heavyweight champion t also bagged several promotion deals and brand endorsement offers outside the realm of boxing.

‘Iron’ Mike Tyson even ended up filing for bankruptcy in 2003 because of his poor lifestyle choices. The youngest heavyweight champ later managed to lift himself back up by engaging in various business ventures, deals, and taking two more fights before retiring from the sport in 2005.

How much did Mike Tyson earn from his fights?

At a point in time, Tyson was one of the richest boxers on the planet. However, “Iron Mike” lost all of his wealth through bad lifestyle choices in 2003. According to wealthypersons.com, Mike Tyson’s net worth is $15 million.

This is a result of his lucrative fight against Roy Jones Jr. Though he donated his entire purse from the fight to charity, his worth skyrocketed with all the pre-fight promotions.

Here’s a deeper look into some of Mike Tyson’s biggest fight purses and career earnings –

Sr. No.FightsPurse Year
10Danny Williams$27 Million2004
9Donovan Ruddock$30 Million1991
8Peter McNeeley$30 million1995
7Evander Holyfield$30 Million1996
6Evander Holyfield$30 million1997
5Kevin McBride$30 million2005
4Julius Francis$30 million2000
3Frank Bruno$35 million1996
2Bruce Sheldon$35 million1996
1Lennox Lewis$35 Million2002

Even after being deceived of millions of dollars from his personal fortune, Tyson earned around $375 Million through fight purses.

He earned around $3.5 million for his guest appearance on WWE Wrestlemania XIV. In his comeback fight against Roy Jones Jr, it is believed that Tyson earned a whopping $10 million purse. 

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Apart from boxing, Mike Tyson is still on top of several brand endorsement deals. Now, he also has a significant viewership and following on social media.

His Hotboxin’ podcast has become a fan-favorite because of the humor element, and the variety of guests that Tyson brings onboard.

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Even after retiring from the sport, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ continues to entertain and inspire many with his work and his commitment to the sport.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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