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Young Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson dominated boxing in the 1980s like no other in his sport ever did. With explosive power and fast knockouts, Tyson rose to stardom to become the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history. Here are some photos from the early days of "Iron" Mike Tyson before the face tattoo.

Mike Tyson lands a shot on Mike Jameson on Jan. 24, 1986, in Atlantic City. Tyson won by TKO in the fifth round to move to 17-0.

Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson on Feb. 1, 1986.

Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson on Feb. 1, 1986.

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Referee Arthur Mercante points the way to the neutral corner for Mike Tyson, right, after he knocked down Steve Zouski in the third round at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on March 11, 1986. Mercante stopped the fight after the knockdown and Tyson had a TKO win.

New York Yankees centerfielder Rickey Henderson, right, talks with leading heavyweight contender Mike Tyson in a front row seat at Yankee Stadium prior to game with the Seattle Mariners, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1986

Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson of New York works over Alfonzo Ratliff of Chicago, left, just before scoring a first-round knockdown in Las Vegas, Saturday, Sept. 6, 1986. Tyson went on to knockout Ratliff in the second round for his 27th consecutive win.

Mike Tyson, right, jokes with New York Mets players Dwight Gooden, left, and Darryl Strawberry as they clown for the cameras before a game with the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium in New York, Sept. 10, 1986.

Mike Tyson raises his arms on Friday, Nov. 21, 1986, at the Las Vegas Hilton during weigh-in. Tyson will try to become the youngest heavyweight champion Saturday if he can beat defending champion Trevor Berbick.

Mike Tyson knocks down Trevor Berbick, November 22, 1986. It took Tyson two rounds to become, at age 20, the youngest heavyweight champion ever.

Emmanuel Lewis from the ABC series "Webster" punches the chin of newly crowned WBC heavyweight champion Mike Tyson during a break in taping the show in Los Angeles, Thursday, Dec. 4, 1986.

Rock singer Joan Jett and boxer Mike Tyson pose with guitars in New York, Dec. 29, 1986. The two got together for an In-Fashion Magazine cover.

Mike Tyson holds double championship belts in Las Vegas, Saturday, March 7, 1987 after winning s 12-round decision from James Smith to win the WBC/WBA heavyweight Championship.

Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson celebrates his victory over Tony Tucker on Aug, 1, 1987, at the coronation gala following his fight in Las Vegas.

Mike Tyson, right, follows through on a punch to Larry Holmes during a heavyweight title fight in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Jan. 22, 1988. Tyson won by TKO in the fourth round.

World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson shows a severe look during his first workout in Tokyo, Thursday, Feb. 18, 1988, as he trains to fight Tony Tubbs in a month.

World heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, right, laughs as he puts his arms around Hawaiian sumo wrestler Salevaa Fuauli Atisanoe, known as Konishiki, as he pays a visit to the Takasago sumo stable in Tokyo, Sunday, Feb. 21, 1988.

Dr. Takeshi Suzuki, ring physician for the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), left, examines world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson at the Tokyo Jijeidai Medical College Hospital, Friday, March 11, 1988.

Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson puts an arm around his wife Robin Givens as her mother, Ruth Roper, left, looks on accompanied by real estate tycoon Donald Trump at a press conference in New York on July 12, 1988.

Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson and his wife, actress Robin Givens, present the Emmy for best costume design for a variety or music program, "Las Vegas: An All Star 75th Anniversary Special," at the 40th annual Emmy Awards in Pasadena, California, on Aug. 29, 1988.

Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, right, and promoter Don King are seen in a car during a pause of the World Boxing Council convention in Mexico City on November 1, 1988.

Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson addresses a convocation at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, Tuesday, April 26, 1989 after he received an honorary doctorate in humane letters degree for his positive effect on young people.

Mike Tyson shows off $100,000 given to him by promoter Don King at a post-fight news conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on July 21, 1989, he defeated Carl "The Truth" Williams. King promised the bonus for each Tyson knockout.

James Douglas follows with a left, dropping Mike Tyson to the canvas in the 10th round of a heavyweight title bout at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo on Feb. 11, 1990.

Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson at a news conference in 1990.

Mike Tyson raises his arms in victory and has a word with a smiling Eddie Murphy in Las Vegas, Saturday, June 16, 1990 after knocking Henry Tillman out in the first round.

Mike Tyson with Miss Black America Contestants on July 1, 1991.

Convicted rapist Mike Tyson leaves the Marion County Courthouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, in hancuffs with his associate attorney Jim Voyles (R) and officers on June 13, 1994, after his sentence reduction hearing in Indianapolis. Judge Patricia Gifford ruled the former champion boxer's behavior in prison did not justify an early release.

Mike Tyson is escorted from the Indiana Youth Center by bodyguards and promoter Don King after Tyson's release from the prison in Plainfield, Indiana, on March 25, 1995. Tyson was serving three years for sexual assault.

Promoter Don King holds up the arms of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and Peter McNeeley following a press conference at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on May 24, 1995. The press conference was called so Tyson could announce that McNeeley will be his first opponent as he begins his comeback on Aug. 19.

Mike Tyson laughs with trainer Jay Bright as he works out on a speed bag at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 2, 1995, in his first public workout since he began training for an Aug. 19 fight against Peter McNeeley at the MGM Grand Hotel.

Mike Tyson reacts to promoter Don King's announcement at an Aug. 16, 1995, news conference that Tyson will make $25 million for fighting Peter "Hurricane" McNeeley at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas three days later.

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson weighs in on Aug. 17, 1995, for his comeback fight against Peter McNeeley at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mike Tyson gives the A-okay sign to spectators while having his hands wrapped by Stacey McKinnley on Oct. 19, 1995, in Las Vegas. Tyson held a public workout session outside the MGM Grand Theme Park as he prepares for his upcoming fight against Buster Mathis Jr. on Nov. 4.

Mike Tyson (R) lands a punch to the nose of opponent Buster Mathis Jr. during the second round just before knocking him out in the third at the Spectrum in Philadelphia on Dec. 16, 1995.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, left, speaks with boxing legend Muhammad Ali, on Feb. 22, 1996, at the UNLV student union ballroom. During the evening's program, which kicked-off Black History Month, Ali was honored for the contributions he made to the African-American community.

Mike Tyson hits WBC heavyweight champion Frank Bruno in the third round, shortly before referee Mills Lane stopped the bout on March 16, 1996, at MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Tyson again won the WBC heavyweight title in this bout.

New WBC heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is surrounded by his entourage as he prays following his victory over former champion Frank Bruno of Great Britain with a third round technical knockout at the MGM Grand Garden on March 16, 1996.

Mike Tyson plays the role of "Special Enforcer" and throws a punch at Shawn Michaels after the finish of the World Wrestling Federation championship match at the Fleet Center in Boston on March 29, 1997.

Promoter Don King poses with WBA heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, right, and challenger Mike Tyson after a press conference in Las Vegas on June 25, 1997. Tyson and Holyfield will fight June 28 in a rematch called "The Sound and the Fury: Holyfield vs. Tyson II."

Mike Tyson (R) protects himself from Evander Holyfield during the first round of their WBA heavyweight championship fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on June 28, 1997. Holyfield won on a disqualification at the end of the third round.

Mike Tyson is held back by police after his fight against Evander Holyfield for the WBA heavyweight championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on June 28, 1997. Holyfield won on a disqualification after Tyson bit Holyfield's ears.

Mike Tyson sits among a few of the three hundred children attending a carnival and picnic hosted by him at his estate as part of National Foster Care Month in Las Vegas.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson makes a face for his wife Monica prior to her testimony in Tyson's Nevada State Athletic Commission reinstatement hearing in Las Vegas on Oct. 19, 1998. Tyson's boxing license was reinstated following three hours of testimony.

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson talks with members of the media prior to a Dec. 8, 1998, press conference announcing his upcoming bout with South African heavyweight Francois Botha

Former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson, left, and Francois Botha pose for photographers on Dec. 8, 1998, following a press conference announcing their upcoming bout on Jan. 16, 1999, at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. This would be Tyson's first match since being re-instated after being suspended from boxing for over a year because of repeatedly biting boxer Evander Holyfield's ear during a title bout.

Mike Tyson lands a punch to the head of Francois Botha after the bell ended the first round of their heavyweight fight on Jan. 16, 1999, at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Tyson won the fight by knockdown in the fifth round.

Former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson, left, and Orlin Norris during a press conference at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on Sept. 16, 1999, announcing their fight, which is scheduled for October 23, 1999, at the MGM.

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson of the US rests on a table as he receives a massage during his workout October 19, 1999, at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

Former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson lands a right hand on his opponent Orlin Norris during the first round of their bout in the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 23, 1999. The fight was stopped and declared a no contest following an accidental foul after the first round.

Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson at a workout session at the Grosvenor House hotel in London on Jan. 17, 2000.