Mike Tyson has never been one to back down from a fight, and he may now have to go to battle once again — this time, outside the ring.
According to TMZ, a 49-year-old retired boxer is suing Tyson for $115 million, claiming that the former undisputed heavyweight champion stole his "Iron Mike" nickname 25 years ago.
Mike Landrum, a former professional fighter who turned pro in 1983, says that he coined the nickname before beginning his professional career. He reportedly claims that he owns the trademark to the nickname "Iron Mike" and therefore Tyson infringed on his rights by using the name throughout his professional boxing career, which began in 1985.
Landrum, who is representing himself in the case, told TMZ that he was "hindered from getting any major title fights or sponsorships because of the name confusion."
Tyson?s representative, Tammy Brook, says that Tyson?s legal team is confident that the case holds no merit.
Tyson, of course, is one of the most prolific boxers in the history of the sport, boasting 50 wins and 44 knockouts in 58 career fights. The former WBC, WBA and IBF world champion won his first title when he was just 20 years old. Since retiring, Tyson has continued to appear in a number of movies and television shows, including The Hangover and Entourage.
"Iron Mike" Landrum, on the other hand, reportedly finished his professional career at 6-4.
Who knew a nickname could lead two boxers on such different paths?