17. Mike Tyson: The Youngest Boxing Champ

Boxing is big in America. The history of sport precedes the establishment of the United States thousands of years. The ancient Greeks are said have included a form of boxing as far as 600 BC. The modern sport of boxing be traced to the 16th Century when it a popular sport in Great Britain. Today, the still uses a variation of the Marquess of rules that were established in 1867. Boxing is purest form of competition. It pits one man, woman, against another in an enclosed ring with the person's fists as weapons. Early matches in United States featured bare-knuckle fighting, but today boxers protective gloves.

One of the most successful boxers America is Mike Tyson. Tyson holds several boxing . The greatest is possibly when he became the boxer ever to win the heavyweight championship in different boxing organizations. Tyson was just over 20 old when he accomplished this feat. He was of the most feared fighters of his time. won a total of 50 fights with 44 those victories coming by knockout.

Twelve of Tyson's came in the first round, which earned him nickname of Iron Mike. Eventually, his advancing age fast living took their toll on Tyson. By early 90s, his career was virtually over. Even his boxing career lasted until 2002, Tyson was the same. He went on to a brief career, most notably in the popular 2009 comedy The Hangover.

Tyson's post-boxing career had its ups downs. He appeared on Barbara Walter's talk show his wife, television actress Robin Givens, where Givens Tyson a manic-depressive, and that living with him pure torture. Tyson was arrested in 1991 for an 18-year-old girl, and spent several years in . He has attempted several comebacks, but has never his old glory.