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Mike Tyson's Childhood Nicknames: The Tough Beginnings Behind the Boxing Legend

Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champion, is gearing up for a return to the ring in July for an exhibition match against Jake Paul. As he prepares for this bout, Tyson reflects on his challenging childhood in Brooklyn, New York, where he endured bullying and adversity.

Growing up, Tyson faced taunts and teasing from other kids due to his living conditions and appearance. In his autobiography “Undisputed Truth,” Tyson candidly shared his experiences of being bullied for being chubby, shy, and speaking with a lisp. His tough upbringing included not having proper utilities at home, such as hot water for showers, which led to his classmates giving him derogatory nicknames like “Little Fairy Boy” and “Dirty Ike.”

Despite facing hardships and dropping out of school at a young age, Tyson found solace and purpose in boxing. At just 18 years old, he began his professional boxing career and quickly rose to fame, earning nicknames like “Iron Mike,” “Kid Dynamite,” and “The Baddest Man On The Planet” for his formidable skills in the ring.

As Tyson prepares for his upcoming exhibition match with Jake Paul, his journey from a bullied child to a boxing legend serves as a testament to his resilience and determination.

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