Source: Mad World News
The self-proclaimed “baddest man on the planet” has certainly fallen from the high point of his life, as former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is still struggling financially.
Proof of that is a mansion he used to own that now sits abandoned and in ruins, eerily similar to his personal situation.
For those unaware, Mike Tyson was an incredible and ferocious boxer that still holds records for being the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA, and IBF heavyweight titles at just 20 years old.
In all, his career earnings totaled a staggering $300 million, resulting in frivolous spending.
One of these big purchases was a mansion bought and lived in by Tyson during the late 80’s and early 90’s in Southington, Ohio.
According to the Mail Online, the amenities included “five bedrooms, several living spaces, seven and a half bathrooms, a full kitchen, a mini-kitchen/washroom, two attached garages, one external garage, full size pool and Jacuzzi, tiger cages and a basketball court.”
The home was a hot spot for extravagant parties during the time that Tyson lived there.
However, Tyson quickly fell from stardom in 1991, after being arrested on rape charges and being found guilty in 1992.
As a result, he was sentenced to jail for 6 years with another 4 on parole, but he was released in 1995.
He then re-entered the ring a few times and made a major comeback, reclaiming his title.
Just a few years later in 2003, he filed for bankruptcy despite having won over $30 million each on several of his fights.
The home was sold back in 1999 for $1.3 million and has switched owner’s hands on several occasions, but it wasn’t cared for.
Most recently, it has been sold to an entity intent on transforming the former residence into a church.
Renovations are set to take place throughout 2015.
Before they started with the transformation, photographer Johnny Joo, 24, was allowed inside to explore and photograph the home.
“It felt cold, rather empty and eerie – not so much a creepy eerie but a more interesting one,” Woo later explained.
“I knew Mike Tyson had once just hung out here and now I stood staring down everything that had been left behind.”
“[T]he pool was probably my favorite just because of how incredibly large it was and thinking how vibrant it was at one point in time,” he said.
“The room was bigger than three of my houses, it was pretty incredible to look at while standing at one end. Everything was so full of life and now simply collects dust.”
Browse through the gallery to see what it looks like.