Incredible photos show the deserted glamour of Mike Tyson’s abandoned Ohio mansion

THIS is the spectacular mansion Mike Tyson abandoned during his rapid fall from grace.

The former world champion boxer – who was convicted of rape in 1992 – had no choice but to sell this palatial property as financial ruin loomed, and the imposing Ohio mansion has since been converted into a CHURCH.

The self-declared 'baddest man on the planet' once called this massive property home, but Iron Mike had no choice but to sell up in 1999, after being dogged by controversy and money woes.

And the luxurious, if dusty, mansion has since been transformed into The Living Word Sanctuary Church's home, as photographed by Johnny Joo.

Living Word Pastor Nicholas DeJacimo told the Warren Tribune-Chronicle: "The property had been untouched for ten years.

"You had so much grass you could have sold it for hay."

The dilapidated pool has since been turned into a sanctuary while the living room is now a gathering place.

Remnants of the 54-year-old's time still remain with the basketball court still intact.

The old fireplace has since been turned into an indoor waterfall while the four-bay garage is now classrooms and a nursery.

And the tall steel cages where Tyson kept his famous four tigers have been dismantled for a pavilion.

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He even admitted his tigers could have come from convicted Netflix star Joe Exotic as he hails his ‘ingenious mind’

Previous snaps showed the mansion's gold-plated fittings, situated behind an imposing gate with Tyson's name emblazoned on it.

The property was still an impressive sight, despite the run-down state and dilapidated interior it had become years after the brutal boxer sold it for £870k.

In Tyson's day, the mansion boasted five bedrooms and a full-size pool and Jacuzzi alongside its tiger cages and basketball court, with the entire pad decked out with crystal chandeliers.

Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992, and sentenced to six years in prison, but was released after serving three years.

He is best known for biting part of Evander Holyfield's ear off during a high profile bout in 1997, and the disgraced star was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2003 after racking up millions in debts.

Tyson made his boxing comeback against Roy Jones Jr on November 28 in an eight-round exhibition bout – 15 years after he decided to hang up his gloves. 

And it ended in a draw – with Tyson adamant he will fight on. Brit legend and old foe Lennox Lewis is rumoured to be his next opponent.



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