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Did Mike Tyson ever lose in his amateur boxing career?

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Prior to becoming 'The Baddest Man on the Planet' and one of the world's most infamous boxers

Mike Tyson started out his career in boxing just like everyone else: as an amateur. But did he ever lose before going pro?

The answer is yes. Mike Tyson suffered his first defeat during an amateur bout when he was 16 and facing a 25-year-old opponent

Tyson first began boxing around 13 and it took 3 years for him to taste defeat.

On his Hotboxin' podcast, he recounted the loss: "I lost my first amateur fight when I was around 16 years old. I fought a guy who was 25. It was a close fight

but I fought real hard. The guy was smart, he was a little more experienced than I was, but that sort of helped me learn a lot. I'm so happy I had that, or else I would've learned later in life.

That was my first loss in the amateurs. It was in Boston, he was a local boy. It was packed with 15-20,000 people."

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