In a sleepy Ohio community, a huge mansion sits empty behind wrought-iron gates. Once, its walls echoed with the sounds of decadent parties, while live tigers prowled their cages within the grounds. But those heady days ended long ago, and now this building faces a future of a very different kind.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1966, Mike Tyson was drawn to boxing from an early age. And before he was 21 years old, he had won the title of world heavyweight champion – the youngest boxer to ever hold the title. Fame and success soon followed, as did a life of excess and abandon.
In 1989 Tyson attended a sheriff’s sale and forked out $300,000 for a mansion in Southington Township in northeast Ohio. Apparently, he wished to be near a trainer who lived in the region. However, the boxer clearly had entertaining in mind, and the house saw plenty of outlandish get-togethers over the years.