Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson will soon be inducted into a second Hall of Fame. But it won’t be for boxing.
Tyson – who holds the record as the youngest fighter to win the IBF, WBC and WBA heavyweight titles – will receive his honour from the WWE (or World Wrestling Entertainment) on March 31 in Miami, according to TMZ.
The induction will happen on the day before WrestleMania XXVIII, a professional pay-per-view event based in Connecticut.
Brooklyn-born Tyson, 45, is quoted as saying: “I am honored to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. I was the youngest heavyweight champion of all time, but the most fun I ever had in the ring was with WWE.”
TMZ says of the fighter: “Tyson’s history with the WWE goes back to 1998 when, after a confrontation with Stone Cold Steve Austin on Monday Night Raw, Tyson served as special enforcer for the main event at WrestleMania XIV between Austin and Shawn Michaels.”
Last year, Tyson returned to the WWE when he hosted Monday Night Raw, a sports TV programme that airs on USA Network.
As a boxer, Tyson successfully defended the world heavyweight champion nine times, beating the likes of Frank Bruno and Larry Holmes.
Of his new honour, he said on
One of Tyson’s more memorable fights saw him bite off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear
Twitter last night: “I’m looking forward to my induction into the @WWE Hall of Fame. Shout out to my friend Triple H” and “Thanks for all the love tonight. Again, I’m honored to be part of the @WWE Hall of Fame.”
Tyson is a big wrestling fan, and this weekend appeared at the WrestleReunion convention in Los Angeles. “Tyson is a big wrestling fan and was very excited to meet Superstar Billy Graham and see people like Mick Foley,” says TWNPNews.com.
One of Tyson’s more memorable fights as a boxer saw him bite off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a rematch in 1997. This was the fight that was billed as “Holyfield–Tyson II: The Sound and the Fury”, and was a follow-up to the pair’s meeting of the previous year, when Tyson lost his WBA crown to Holyfield.