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Tyson Sued for $115 Million -- Alleged 'Iron' Theft

8/5/2010 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A 49-year-old retired boxer is trying to pick a $115 million fight with Mike Tyson -- claiming "The Hangover" star hijacked his "Iron Mike" nickname 25 years ago.

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The other "Iron" man is Mike Landrum -- a former professional fighter who claims he coined the nickname "Iron Mike" before he turned pro in 1983. Tyson started fighting professionally in 1985.

Landrum has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles, claiming he owns the trademark to the nickname "Iron Mike" -- and therefore, Tyson infringed on his rights by using the nickname throughout his boxing career.

Landrum -- who's representing himself in the case -- tells us he was "hindered from getting any major title fights or sponsorships because of the name confusion."

For the record -- Landrum's record was 6-4 as a pro.

TMZ spoke with Tyson's rep Tammy Brook who tells us, "Mike's legal team hasn't seen the paperwork yet, but they are confident the case holds no merit." 

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1.

valrulez    

What a money grubbing b1tch! Dummy should of sued when "Iron Mike" actually had money!

1540 days ago
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tortgol    

TMZ spoke with Tyson's rep Tammy Brook who tells us, "Mike's legal team hasn't seen the paperwork yet, but they are confident the case holds no merit."
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1540 days ago
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cursed1    

the should fight it out and see who the real iron mike is

1540 days ago
4.

Missy    

A little late to make these claims now isn't it??? What an idiot! LOL I agree with #1...might have been a smarter move when he actually had some money!

1539 days ago
5.

BallaBlocka    

Dude only fought 10 times and lost almost half his fights. Don't quite sound so "Iron" to me......

1539 days ago
6.

boxingfan101    

only some douchebag lawyer could have convinced Mr.Cotton Mike that he deserved the suffix of "IRON". Countless fighters have gone on do call themselves "sugar Ray" but you never heard Ray Robinson admonishing Ray Leanord or several others of stealing their nicknames!
Grow up fighters and remember that a little dignity is all you have left.
Don,t drag down heroes of the sport just steal a few dollars on the way out !!

1539 days ago
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No Comment    

What a joke and waste of time. I am NOT a Mike Tyson fan but this law suit is so ridiculous.

1539 days ago
8.

doogie    

First of all I really don't like Tyson BUT if you do a search on google for Iron Mike, it shows Tyson..no mention of Landrum and I went through bout 5 pages. If you search for Landrum, I don't see anything listed about an 'Iron Mike'. This guy must be broke and looking for some easy money.

1539 days ago
9.

Garrett Ivory    

If Mike Tyson takes your nickname, do you try to take it back? LOL, he sees that Tyson is a bit more mellow than he used to be, so now he is making his move. Someone should tell him; Mike doesn't have any money to take!

1539 days ago
10.

CJ    

Dude, 25 years since Mike 'took' the nickname and you're only doing something about it now? Gotta say, your timing is a little off. You might have wanted to do this, say, when Mike had $115 million...just saying.

1539 days ago
11.

Sonja    

I agree, one last hurrah, fight it out and the winner gets to keep the title of Iron Mike, LOL

1539 days ago
12.

RyogaVee    

Hello, The statute of limitations called, they want their dignity back.

1539 days ago
13.

SUN    

Desperation makes people do strange things.

1539 days ago
14.

justsaying    

LOL. Couldn't get fights because of the name confusion. Has he ever considered he couldn't get fights because he couldn't fight. If he could fight, promoters wouldn't care if his name was Suzie Cutie. And that's why he's representing himself. Even a third rate lawyer knows this suit is crap.

1539 days ago
15.

Mikey    

That ain't gonna work. He should buy a lottery ticket instead, Or maybe get a F ing JOB!

1539 days ago
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