One of the most accomplished and notorious figures in professional sports, Mike Tyson was a one-time heavyweight champion boxer whose success in the ring was largely undone by his excesses outside of it. Known for his menacing demeanor and devastating power, Tyson was capable of defeating opponents with a single blow, which quickly sent him to the top of his profession, while immortalizing him in pop culture as the "baddest man on the planet." A childhood spent in poverty and violence did not prepare him for the scrutiny he endured in the public eye, and poor judgment and criminal behavior helped to unseat him from his position at the peak of his powers in the late 1990s. Stints in jail for rape charges were followed by a string of bizarre behavior, most notably the biting of opponent Evander Holyfield's ear; by the new millennium, the world had written off Tyson as a damaged animal, incapable of existing outside the ring. After each incident, Tyson attempted to make amends by devoting his energies to improving himself, but financial ruin forced him to continue boxing long after his skills had left him. Mike Tyson's spectacular power, terrible fall from grace and numerous attempts to reclaim his life as his own made him at once one of the most vilified and tragic figures in American sports history.