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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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Celebrities Suck    

25 years ago? boohoo even if this is true, I believe he can not sue Mike it's past the statue of limitation.....

1507 days ago
17.

Big Daddy JDizzle    

So why is he wanting to sue know? Why didn’t he try to sue” Iron Mike Tyson” back in the 80’s?

1507 days ago
18.

John    

wow sue him 30 years later.... so cool...

lame thing is stupid boxing names are always reused and often times two people in the same time are using the same name.

what really makes this story so great is all the people who claim they have trademark or copy right etc on something and they never even filed it back whenever with the correct Gov. depts.

I guess I woke up today and remembered I have the copyright and trademark for TMZ and going to sue all of its users for being stupid lol..

1507 days ago
19.

CALIFORNIA    

THE ONLY "IRON" THIS JACKASS HAS IS THE IRON HE TAKES IN HIS VITAMIN.LET HIM GO UP TO MIKE TYSON AND TELL HIM THAT AND WATCH HOW FAST HE GETS DROPPED.THIS M*****F***** MUST REALLY NEED THE MONEY AND SO DOES HIS CRACK HEAD LAWYER.

1507 days ago
20.

Dirty Soldier    

Actually he has NO case. "Iron Mike" is the name of the Infantry statue at Fort Benning Georgia. Also : Iron Mike is the de facto name of various monuments commemorating servicemen of the United States military. The term "Iron Mike" is uniquely American slang used to refer to men who are especially tough, brave, and inspiring; it was originally a nautical term for a gyrocompass, used to keep a ship on an unwavering course.[1][2][3] Because the use of the slang term was popular in the first half of the 20th century, many statues from that period acquired the Iron Mike nickname, and over the generations the artists' titles were largely forgotten. Even official military publications and classroom texts tend to prefer the nickname to the original titles.

1507 days ago
21.

JoeS    

I think this Guy needs some beating from Mike Tyson to learn a lesson for being greed and an *******.

1507 days ago
22.

kaliwete579    

Another broke s***bag. Hey, if you are the real "Iron Mike" 25 yrs ago, All that is left are rust and dust. Anybody can call them selves "Iron Mike". It would only make sence if your name suits your personality. And Mike Tyson is the "Iron Man"...oopppsss, somebody might sue me for using "Iron Man".

1507 days ago
23.

Gorn    

And when he is done suing Tyson “Iron Mike” Sharpe ( A pro wrestler from the 70’s) can sue him.

1507 days ago
24.

zabjudz    

iron mike tyson was the highly known boxer to have that nick. never heard of any boxer to have that nick. and the iron word is being used by many fighters. this guy whoever he is should be sued for making a claim on tyson.

1507 days ago
25.

Jeff Becker    

25 years too late. Dummy

1507 days ago
26.

ManiacalZebra    

Think you waited long enough to sue?

1507 days ago
27.

anne    

Iron Mike is actualy used as a military term as well. Been used way before these two.

1507 days ago
28.

Info    

Shouldn't have he sued when Mike had money? Also, I would think the media has been using "Iron Mike", I haven't seen MT using it to sell meat grilling appliances.

1507 days ago
29.

TheRealJerseyShore    

Yeah that's the ticket. Sue a guy who basically has no money left. LOL

1507 days ago
30.

Superman    

Why didn't he sue way back in the 80s?

1507 days ago
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