Mike Tyson has proved over the years he’s not someone to get in a fight with. But the former world champion boxer is suing Australian streetwear retailer Culture Kings.
Mike Tyson has proved over the years he’s not someone to get in a fight with.
But the former world champion boxer is suing Australian streetwear retailer Culture Kings and its owners for allegedly using his likeness to sell T-shirts without permission.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports Tyson initiated proceedings against Culture Kings for misleading and deceptive conduct.
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The controversial boxer has alleged the retailer sold a range of clothing branded with sobriquets such as “Mike Tyson”, “Iron Mike”, and “Kid Dynamite” without his approval.
Tyson has owned the international trademark for “Mike Tyson” since 2010.
The clothing in question was not advertised as being unaffiliated with the boxing great, who made a return to the ring last year, and was sold alongside other official merchandise on the company’s website, with the boxer claiming their sale conveyed that Culture Kings had the approval or sponsorship of Mr Tyson, which was not the case.
Mr Tyson is seeking losses and damages, an injunction preventing Culture Kings from selling the merchandise in question, and to be paid all profits made by the retailer from the sale of the offending apparel.
Culture Kings is valued at $600 million.