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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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46.

khan    

a broke suing another broke..

1538 days ago
47.

Mc_Jhinz    

This is the result of boxing. Brain damage!

1537 days ago
48.

zaxflaya    

This guy is so stupid, he makes Juan Manual Marquez look like Einstein.

1537 days ago
49.

dk    

WHere is the real Iron Mike in this... WWF great Iron Mike Sharp.

1537 days ago
50.

yoohoo    

Man,He ain't got no more Munny..! thats Ludacrisp..!

1537 days ago
51.

Darrell walmsley    

poor poor mike i am a big mike fan and this landrum idiot is doing this now this puzzles me mike has wanted to change his ways and could ruin him lets hope there are alot of people tht care about mike and stay behind this mans back

1536 days ago
52.

keith    

tell him to fight mike tyson if he whips his ass then gets his name back .lol .oh by the way mike tyson .dude come on .get in shape and come back and beat some ass.hell remeber george foreman was older than you when he done it.so is evander ...and ****look at james toney .geezzzzzzzzzzzzzz man you aint old.just stop being a puss and get tiger back.......rember gus's words ..................

1534 days ago
53.

BOXING NUMBER FAN    

I KNOW BOTH OF THESE BOXERS AND THEY ARE BOTH HARD GUY GOOD FIGHTERS STAY OUT OF THIS LITTLE **** WHITE BOY ***ITS LET THE BIG DOGS HANDLE THIS LIKE BIG SHAQ BALLERS AND PLAYERS OF THE GAME

1529 days ago
54.

IRON MIKE SR    

EVERYBODY IS GONNA LAUGH WHEN U SEE ME DRIVING MY BENTLEY STOP HATIN MIKE TYSON IS NOT BROKE YOU SMALL TIMERS ARE THE ONES THATS BROKE QUIT HATIN NUMBER 1 IRON MIKE LANDRUM TO ALL MY HATERATOR FANS

1529 days ago
55.

joey    

You know, get all the facts straight before you say something illigitament. Iron Mike belongs to Michael Landrum he really has the copyright, and the pattent. I saw iron mike landrum in his prime and he would knock Tyson cold out.There are not too many top fighters that can beat him even now. Mike tyson is not broke but this lawsuit will put a dent in his budget.

1527 days ago
56.

Eric    

All these people making comments about Mike Landrum the "Real Iron Mike" and dont now anything about the case. Mr. Landrum has been working on this case for 16 years plus and now finally received the oppertunity to regain his name,and losses he has suffered through out the years.

1523 days ago
57.

Eric    

Mike Landrum (IRON MIKE) has been a competitor in the ring and now one in the law suite against mike tyson.Victory this man truly deserves, People comments about Mr. Landrum being broke are usually broke and disgusted there self most of these people making negative remarks probably never had a pre school fight MIke Landrum is fighting for his rights, dignity, and the name he deserves.

1523 days ago
58.

allistar    

I believe it!!! I always hear about him stealing ideas from talented people that aren't well none like him.. and the poor guy probably tried suing already but no one gave a fizuck cus he's a no name.. Remember most lawsuits have statue of limitations and Mike Tyson's been famous for a long time...so if the lawsuit is valid that means he was suing for a while! People hate Mike Tyson now so the law suites finally getting recognition!

1523 days ago
59.

Eddie B    

NEWSFLASH: "Iron" Mike Ditka is suing "Iron" Mike Landrum for the proceeds he is awarded from his suit against "Iron" Mike Tyson who Landrum says infringed on his nickname. Ditka to use the winnings to purchase a cup of coffee and newspaper.

1463 days ago
60.

MikeG@MailZone    

Had Mr. Landrum jumped on the,"Bandwagon" back in the day, he would have been percieved as another,"golddigger" looking to cash in on the coattails of, Robin Givens, Don King, Sandra Miller, desiree wash. & tyson chicken to name a few. By not cashing-in, when it was apparently, "in Fashion". Only adds credence to Mr. Landrums claim. A smart move. By Landrum Trademarking the Name,"IRON MIKE." back in the 1980's was also a smart move. Throughout the years Mr. Tyson was asked politely over & over to refrain from using the Trademarked Name. He & his camp refused. Tyson is far from broke. Everything he has, including the various cell phones he uses, is under another entities name. Tyson is an elusive prey. Try serving him with a court summons, almost impossible. Camp Tyson has 25 years experience in ducking & dodging process servers. This is what Landrum has been having to deal with throughout the years. By showing restraint & patience, only shows that Mr. Landrum is a true gentleman. I applaud him & wish him success in his upcoming
legal battle. Oh, by the way! Sugar ray Robinson never trademarked the name,"Sugar Ray." Future fighters would use the name as an, "homage" to the great Fighter. Clearly not the case here. Ciao!

1432 days ago
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