The Montgomery Advertiser from Montgomery, Alabama on April 5, 1998 · 39
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Sunday Montgomery Advertiser SUNDAY SPECIAL April 5, 1998 11D Tyson's millions vanish with nothin show tO sii'- want --rr.-ay w f. Unbelievable loss: The boxer has grossed millions in his lifetime, but finds himself broke ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS Mike Tyson had been out of the Indiana Youth Center only a few hours and already he , was a rich man. In his pocket, the former heavyweight champion had two checks, each made out to him for $10 million. Most Indiana prisoners are given $75 in spending money to ease their transition back into society. Tyson needed no such help. The three years he served for rape hardly did anything to diminish his appeal If anything, he was bigger than ever, and multimillion-dollar deals already had been struck for his return to the ring. In the next few weeks Tyson would get another $12 million for the rights to future fights and television. A few months later, he earned the most money ever given to a boxer $25 million to fight a stiff named Peter McNeeley. It was the first of $140 million in purses Tyson earned during the next two years. Today, much of that money is gone and Tyson is banned from boxing for biting Evander Holy-field's ears. The fighter who once terrorized the heavyweight division and became its youngest champ in history at 20 frittered away millions on mansions, Bentleys, jewelry, and even Bengal tigers while buying extravagant gifts for his entourage. Don King also took a huge chunk. Tyson not only has cash flow problems but reportedly owes the government millions in back taxes. And for the second time in his career in lawsuits nearly identical to the ones he filed against former managers a decade ago Tyson claims promoters and managers ripped him off by taking advantage of his lack of business knowledge. This time, he says, King and his two co-managers took him for more than $100 million. Stories of boxers earning and .- Banished from the boxing world, Mike Tyson, right, has ' turned to the world of professional wrestling. WHERE DID TYSON'S DOLLARS GO? Some facts and figures from Mike Tyson's fights since he was released from prison in April 1995: Tyson vs. Peter McNeeley, Aug. 19, 1995. Live gate: $13,965,600. Pay-per-view sales: 1.6 million homes. Tyson's purse: $25 million. Tyson vs. Frank Bruno, March 16, 1996. Live gate: $10,673,700. Pay-per-view sales: 1.4 million. Tyson's purse: $30 million. Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon, Sept. 7, 1996. Live gate: $6,-305, 900. Pay-per-view sales: 1 million. Tyson's purse: $15 million. Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield I, Nov. 9, 1996. Live gate: $14,150,700. Pay-per-view sales: 1.6 million. Tyson's purse: $30 million. Tyson vs. Holyfield II, June 28, 1997. Live gate: 414,277,200. Pay-per-view sales: 1.9 million. Tyson's purse: $30 million. Tyson's only other fight, with Buster Mathis Jr. was shown on network TV. He was paid $10 million. " "I I li nn 3 C?, CI V - i ASSOCIATED PRESS Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history at age 20. then blowing fortunes are nothing new. Neither are stories of others who profit from them. But never has it happened on such a grand scale. And never has it happened to larger-than-life figures such as Tyson and King. "Everyone in boxing makes out but the fighter," Tyson said last year, perhaps forgetting for a moment that he was the richest fighter ever. As the biggest draw in boxing history, Tyson figured to get rich following his release from prison. And he did. Casinos offered huge sums to be hosts for his fights and fans eagerly paid $50 to watch Tyson on television. Celebrities and high-rollers thought nothing of laying out $1,500 for a ringside seat. Tyson fights generated enormous revenues, far beyond those of any other fighters. His second bout with Holyfield was the biggest grossing fight ever, and seven of his fights were among the top 10 pay-per-view events ever. But Tyson wasn't the only one making millions. For example, $22.5 million each was given to pals Rory Holloway and John Home. The bombastic, spiky-haired King profited even f ASSOCIATED PRESS 1 Remote Keyless Entry Safe-T-Litz Automatk Daytime Running light I Croih Avoidant Safety $ytem 277-7963 by Jack Ingram Motors I lSSvi 2 Remote v2?Xf Alarm -Ste. System ARM more. Court records show King had contracts that not only made him Tyson's promoter, but gave him 30 percent of his earnings technically against Nevada law. What Nevada boxing officials didn't know was the check King gave them to give to Tyson for both Holyfield fights wasn't entirely Tyson's to keep. The $30 million paydays would be cut in half by the time Tyson wrote checks for $9 million to King and $3 million each to Home and Holloway. "After we give him a check for $30 million, we don't know where the money goes," Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Marc Ratner said. King made at least $65 million just from his cut of Tyson's purses and TV and casino deals, according to contracts signed by King, Tyson, Home and Holloway. Tyson lawyers claim the promoter made millions more from foreign broadcast rights and expenses he charged to the boxer. King was even selling Tyson's likeness. When the World Wrestling Federation needed Tyson's picture for its Wrestlemania ads, the rights were credited to Don King Productions. Though Tyson signed the checks for Mike Tyson Productions, his financial records were handled in King's office by an accountant the promoter selected. Tyson seemed oblivious as to where the money was going. "I think sometimes he signed blank checks," said Jeff Wald, a Hollywood agent who is Tyson's new adviser. "Mike was not told exactly what was going on. 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It contains seven bedrooms, a wine cellar, exercise room, tennis court, swimming pool and guest house. erything he made to King and his managers, there was plenty left over. Tyson's 50 percent of the purses and contracts with Showtime television and the MGM hotel-casino amounted to some $106 million. For his six fights since getting out of prison, Tyson's smallest purse was $10 million to fight Buster Mathis Jr. In three of the fights, he was paid $30 million for each one. "The purses he got were reasonable, and maybe a little on the high side," rival promoter Bob Arum said. "But it wasn't reasonable taking 50 percent of his money. When you shave 50 percent off, the deal wasn't that good." Tyson's spending habits were legendary even in his pre-prison days. He bought and wrecked cars, then bought some more. He lavished gifts on friends and acquain 1 A V ' f 1 f V-- One hundred years of innovation. 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