In a sleepy Ohio community, a huge mansion sits empty behind wrought-iron gates. Once, its walls are said to have echoed with the sounds of decadent parties, while tigers prowled their cages within the grounds. But those heady days ended long ago, and now this property faces a future of a very different kind.
Born in Brooklyn in 1966, Mike Tyson was drawn to boxing from an early age, and it soon paid off. Before he was 21 years old, he had won the title of world heavyweight champion, becoming the youngest boxer ever to hold the crown. Fame and success soon followed – but so too 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 area. But the boxer also surely had entertaining in mind, and the house reportedly saw plenty of outlandish get-togethers over the years.