Who was Exodus Tyson?
American child Exodus Taylor was born in the USA in March 2005, and her zodiac sign was thus either Pisces or Aries. She was the daughter of one of the best professional boxers of all time, Michael Gerard ‘Mike’ Tyson, and she died at the age of four after she became entangled in an exercise treadmill cord, which choked her; Exodus died from her injuries a day later, on 26 May 2009.
Early life and family
Exodus was raised alongside her brother Miguel in Phoenix, Arizona USA, by their father and mother Sol Xochiti; Mike and Sol weren’t married, but he was equally involved in Exodus and Miguel’s upbringing, and flew from Las Vegas, Nevada to Phoenix when the accident happened.
Exodus had three half-siblings from her father’s past marriage, while she would’ve had two more if the accident hadn’t happened. She was a highly active child, as she was always exploring and running around the house, and was also smart as she had already started learning math basics.
Age, height and wealth
Exodus was four at the time of her death, and would’ve been 18 today. She had brown eyes and black hair, was 3ft 4ins (1.33m) tall and weighed around 65lbs (30kgs).
Exodus’ father Mike’s net worth’s been estimated at over $10 million as of March 2023.
Who is Mike Tyson?
American professional boxer Michael Gerard ‘Mike’ Tyson was born in Brooklyn, New York City USA on 30 June 1966, making Cancer his zodiac sign. Nicknamed ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet”, “Kid Dynamite” and “Iron Mike”, he was the world heavyweight champion from 1987 through 1990, and was also the youngest champion as he was 20 years and four months old when he won his heavyweight title.
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) March 16, 2023
Mike was raised in Brooklyn alongside his older brother Rodney and older sister Denise, by their father Purcell Tyson who was a cab driver, and mother Lorna Mae Smith Tyson who’s believed to have been a prostitute; Mike’s claimed that his biological father was actually the pimp Jimmy Kirkpatrick, even though his birth certificate claims otherwise. Mike’s mother died when he was 16 years old, and it was boxing manager and trainer Cus D’Amato who then took Mike under his wing, and later became his legal guardian. Mike was involved in petty crimes while growing up, and was arrested close to 40 times by the time he turned 13.
It was American former boxer Bobby Stewart who saw Mike’s potential, and he trained him for several months prior to introducing Mike to D’Amato; Mike was 17 when he dropped out of high school, however, Central State University awarded him an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters in 1989.
Mike launched his amateur career in 1981, and in both 1981 and 1982 won gold at the Junior Olympic Games, beating Joe Cortez in 1981 and Kelton Brown in the following year. He went on to win gold at the 1984 National Golden Gloves, and then lost twice to Henry Tillman.
Mike made his debut as a professional boxer on 6 March 1985, at the age of 18, when he defeated Hector Mercedes via technical knockout in round one; he knocked out 26 of his first 28 opponents, 16 of whom in the first round. In November 1985, Cus D’Amato died, and most people believe that Cus’ death was one of the reasons why Mike then began experiencing problems in personal life.
His first televised fight was his victory against Jesse Ferguson on 16 February 1986, while he then won six other fights with technical knockout, including knocking out former world title challenger Marvis Frazier only 30 seconds into the fight.
He knocked out World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick in the second round on 22 November 1986, thus becoming the youngest champion in the sport’s history; the following year saw him defeat both Tony Tucker and James Smith, thus also becoming the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight champion.
On 7 March 1987, Mike defended his title against challenger James Smith, while he then defeated Pinklon Thomas, Tony Tucker and Tyrell Biggs; Mike was then featured in the 1987 Nintendo video game “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!”, which sold over a million copies.
On 27 June 1988, Mike knocked out Michael Spinks in the second round, and this is believed to have been the pinnacle of his career.
He had many personal issues in the following two years, and on 11 February 1990 lost his first professional bout, against Buster Douglas in Tokyo, Japan; Mike described the loss as ‘the greatest moment of his career’.
Mike was arrested in July 1991 on rape charges, when 18 years old Desiree Washington accused him of raping her at a hotel room in Indianapolis; the jury deliberated for 10 hours and found him guilty on 10 February 1992, while he was sentenced to spend six years behind bars on 26 March 1992. Mike spent three years at the Indiana Youth Center, and was released in March 1995; it’s widely believed that he converted to Islam while in jail, but Mike’s stated that he had converted before he was convicted.
Mike won his first two bouts following his release, against Buster Mathis Jr. and Peter McNeeley, and in March 1996 beat the WBC heavyweight champion Frank Bruno, knocking him out in the third round; the same year saw him knock out WBA heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon in the first round. Mike then lost to Evander Holyfield on 9 November 1996, when he was knocked out in the 11th round; he faced Holyfield again in 28 June 1997, and was disqualified after biting Holyfield’s ear twice. Because of this, Mike was banned from boxing in the USA on 9 July 1997, but the ban was lifted on 18 October 1998.
In 1999, he defeated Francois Botha, and was in the same year sentenced to spend a year behind bars after assaulting two motorists; Mike had three bouts in 2000, winning against Andre Golota, Lou Savarese and Julius Francis.
He faced Lineal, International Boxing Organization (IBO), IBF and WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis on 9 June 2002, losing by knockout in the eighth round. On 11 June 2005, after having lost three of his four bouts, Mike revealed that he was retiring from professional boxing.
Mike’s appeared in many movies and sports shows since his retirement, and has been focused on doing charity work through his Mike Tyson Cares Foundation.
His first wife was American actress and model Robin Givens; they married on 7 February 1988 but divorced a year later. Mike’s second wife was an American pediatrician Monica Turner, to whom he was married from 19 April 1997 through 14 January 2003. Mike and Monica have two children together, Amir and Ramsey, the latter who identifies as non-binary. He was then in a relationship with Sol Xochiti, who gave birth to their children Miguel and Exodus.
On 6 June 2009, Mike married his third wife Lakiha ‘Kiki’ Spicer, and they have two children together: son Morocco and daughter Milan.