The boxing icon has launched a charity with his family to “empower” 100 former female prisoners. Iron Mike helped create We 2 Matter to help women rejoin society. Tyson’s mother-in-law Dr Rita Ali also hopes the scheme will educate the public about challenges mums face rebuilding their lives. And Tyson himself is keen to promote the initiative as the 54-year-old takes time off from his ring return.
Buoyed by an unofficial draw with fellow all-time great Roy Jones Jr in their comeback eight-rounder last November, he is still eyeing a trilogy fight with fellow heavyweight icon Evander Holyfield, 58. But Mike’s changed life also includes developing We 2 Matter, aiming to “empower 100 formerly incarcerated women and offer them re-entry resources and support.” We 2 Matter have linked up with the criminal justice reform effort, Dream Corps JUSTICE, to offer services to formerly incarcerated women.
And the Mike celebrated W2M by hosting a Mother’s Day brunch at his SoCal Ranch with 10 Los Angeles-based mums recently released from jail. Celebrities like Bobby Brown, Columbus Short, Metta World Peace, and boxer Zab Judah were reportedly there.
Dr Ali has a deep interest in the cause following her own personal case. She was once convicted of a crime, despite maintaining her innocence. And the experience is said to have shown her the problems women can face after leaving jail.
Boxing hero Iron Mike Tyson poses with son Morocco, mum-in-law Rita Ali, wife Lakiha “Kiki” Spicer and daughter Milan Tyson