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Mike Tyson Steroids: Did “Iron Mike” Use Drugs for Better Performance?

Posted by admin in Steroids & Sport Category. Reviewed and Updated: 16 February, 2018

Mike Tyson is undoubtedly one of the greatest stars in boxing who impressed people by his speed in the ring. However, this boxer has some negative features. These are, in particular, aggressiveness, violations of the law, and the use of anabolic steroids.

Mike Tyson’s biography

Michael Gerard Tyson was born in Brooklyn, New York, becoming the third child of Lorna Smith. He inherited the surname from the first husband of his mother, and impetuous disposition from his father, who left his family before the birth of the boy.

The future champion spent the first years of his life in the working area of Bedford-Stuyvesant. The neighborhood was rather quiet however Lorna used to throw noisy parties with great amount of alcohol. When she lost her job, the family had to move to Brownsville, one of the most criminal areas in Brooklyn. The family lived in a slum in grinding poverty, where there was neither heating nor hot water. Mike was growing up on the street: he ran older boys’ errands, broke into other people’s houses etc.

It’s hard to believe, but as a child, the Iron Mike was a clumsy boy, in addition he lisped. He was an ideal victim for lovers to mock. But everything comes to an end. At that time, Mike really enjoyed only pigeons, and when one of the youth bandits turned his bird’s head off, Tyson flew into a rage. Having beaten the offender half to death, he killed two birds with one stone: he understood what his strength was and earned respect.

At the age of 11, Mike was a street fighter, ready to fight anyone for money and for no special reason, and a full member of the plundering gang. He was arrested dozens of times. In 1979 he was sent to a special school and from there to a college for troubled youngsters. One of the founders of that institution was Bob Stewart, a professional boxer in the past. Bob watched Mike’s fighting and agreed to train him, if he promised to pursue better path.

The young man exercised several hours a day and soon received a formidable nickname Tank. Then he gained gold medals at the Youth Olympic Games, set a record for the fastest knockout (8 seconds) and was transited to a professional ring.

Tyson defeated all his rivals. His triumphal march was overshadowed only by one thing. It was the death of D’Amato (his trainer). The fighter hired a new coach, Kevin Rooney, and continued to work. For 2 years, Mike won 3 championship belts. At age 20 he became the youngest world champion in the heavyweight category.

Being incredibly famous was associated with certain difficulties. Paparazzi, models, actresses and prostitutes tagged along behind Iron Mike. And he literally went off the rails: he forgot about his daily routine, missed exercising sessions, got into fights. As a result, he faced with battles with dubious outcome, debauch, arrests, payment of huge compensations.

1990 was the beginning of the king’s fall: Mike suffered the first defeat from James “Buster” Douglas, who was not the most powerful boxer. But the worst thing was ahead: Desiree Washington, an 18-year-old beauty contestant, slandered Tyson, accusing him of rape. The court sentenced him to six years in prison, of which he served half.

Mike Tyson and steroids – early assumptions


Canadian Donovan Ruddock, who twice met with Iron Mike back in 1991, repeatedly expressed his conviction that the boxer took anabolic steroids. He demanded a doping test for Mike. However, at least before their first meeting, that was not done. Ruddock, incidentally, quite adequately performed in both fights. The first of them was mistakenly stopped by the referee after Ruddock fell, clinging to Tyson’s leg. Ruddock lost the second one by points with very little gap. That was Mike’s last fight before he was taken to jail for three and a half years.

Ruddock was not the first one who expressed such suspicions. Many people said that the difference in the physique of Tyson-amateur of 1983-1984 and Tyson-professional of 1985-1986 was too great and was due to the use of steroids. In this respect, however, it is often forgotten that in 1983, Mike was only 17 years old and subsequent changes in his figure could well be explained by natural physiological causes. In addition, former world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, who studied with Tyson in one school, many times said that Mike was always “big for his age.” As Tyson was never tall, Bowe’s definition clearly refers to his powerful physique. And at that time, the main sport for the future of Iron Mike was small robbery.

Mike’s confessions in 2013

In 2013, Mike Tyson turned out to be an avid drug addict. He first tried cocaine at age 11, and tried the taste of alcohol earlier, he confessed in his autobiography. Narcotic drugs were not only a way to relax for him. Under the effect of cocaine heavyweight often went out to fight. In particular, it was a fight he lost with British Danny Williams in 2004.

In 2002, Tyson at the press conference bitten the leg of his rival Lennox Lewis. He did under the influence of cocaine. As for the famous case of 1997, when an American in the ring bit off a piece of the ear from Evander Holyfield, Tyson explains this by saying that the enemy used a prohibited kick in the fight.

Also, Iron Mike admitted that during his career he repeatedly avoided doping tests. Herewith, Tyson was able to deceive the experts who checked the condition of the boxers before the fights. In 2000, the boxer came up with a tricky method: he used an artificial penis for the doping test, that was filled with someone else’s piss. However, there were failures. One day, Tyson simply run out of time to take his “instrument” before the test, and components of marijuana were found in his urine. He had to pay a fine of 200 thousand dollars.

In the film “Undisputed Truth” Tyson mentions another scandalous incident of his biography, which cost him three years of life in prison. According to the film, ex-boxer denied that in 1992 he raped the Desiree Washington.

Also in 2013, Mike Tyson, in an interview with “On The Ropes Boxing Radio”, said that if he had played in today’s time, he would have beaten the well-known leaders of the heavyweight division – the Klitschko brothers.

“I would always beat them. Look, I might have used more steroids, but I’d beat them, no matter with the help of steroids or without. Now it is very difficult to compete without drugs. I know some people say “I do not use this”, but now it’s almost impossible to compete without drugs, it’s almost impossible. It’s already part of our culture!”, Tyson said.

In addition, Mike admitted that he could never have imagined that he would live for so many years, although now he is not old at all – at that time Tyson was only 47.

Mike Tyson’s steroid cycle

From all of the above, we can conclude that Mike most likely experimented with steroids. Some people suggest that he used the following medicines (in steroid cycle or alone):

  • Anadrol. This is a synthetic anabolic steroid, the main component of which is oxandrolone.
  • Dianabol. This drug has stood the test of time and remains one of the most effective anabolic steroids. Its main component is methandienone.
  • Trenbolone. The popularity of trenbolone (a steroid from the nandrolone group) is due to its zero estrogenic activity and the lack of conversion under the influence of aromatase.

It can be assumed that Mike did not have any moral prejudices about the use of steroids. He could perform any action to win.