Mike Tyson: Arrested after L.A. airport scuffle
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was taken in prison at Los Angeles International Airport. The police have confirmed it after he allegedly punched a photographer.
According to the police the troubled forty three year-old had been detained on suspicion of battery following an altercation at the airport's terminal seven. He was expected to be released later on Wednesday.
The photographer told police that Tyson, who once styled himself as the "baddest man on the planet," struck him. Airport police spokesman Sergeant Jim Holcomb has said so.
According to the police records the photographer, who was treated for a cut to his forehead at a hospital, was also expected to be charged in the incident.
Tyson spokeswoman Tammy Brook said that the boxer, who was travelling with his wife and 10-month-old child, had been reacting to an overly aggressive photographer to protect his child.
Holcomb said, "There's a lot of different versions to this story and that's all going to come out later," "There were numerous witnesses and that's what this whole case is going to depend on."
The incident comes after a difficult year for Mike Tyson, who suffered personal tragedy in May when his four-year-old daughter passed away after accidentally strangling herself with a loose cord on a treadmill.
During middle of 1980s Tyson exploded on the boxing scene, being the youngest heavyweight champion in history in 1986 at the age of 20.
Considered unbeatable for the rest of the decade, Tyson's career went off the rails when he suffered a shock upset to James "Buster" Douglas in 1990.
In 1992, Tyson was convicted of raping a beauty queen at a pageant in Indianapolis, Indiana. He served 3 years of a six-year sentence and was released in 1995 and has always denied of raping the woman.
"Iron Mike" reclaimed the heavyweight throne but lost to Evander Holyfield in 1996 and notoriously bit Holyfield's ears twice in a 1997 rematch, by adding banishment to his ridicule.
Mike Tyson was again imprisoned in 1999 for stabbing 2 people following a traffic accident. Tyson filed for bankruptcy in 2003 and retired after losses to Britain's Danny Williams in 2004 and American Kevin McBride in 2005.
Tyson was also sentenced in 2007 to twenty four hours in jail and three years of probation after pleading guilty to charges of drug possession and driving under the influence in Arizona.