Boxing Legend Mike Tyson's Former Mansion Transformed Into A Church

American Legendary Professional Boxer Mike Tyson's luxury 25,000 square foot Ohio mansion is set to become a church. 

Iron Mike bought the Southington Township mansion, which has an indoor pool and hot tub, in 1989 at a sheriff's sale for $300,000. He had gates erected bearing his named and kept four tigers in cages there. Ten years later he sold it for for $1.3million to Paul Monea, an infomercial entrepreneur best known for marketing Tae-Bo exercise videos.

While the mansion was changing hands, the now defunct website Illicit Ohio was able to get access to the property and posted an array of photographs of the inside, including the long-untended indoor pool, and the living room. Now the church is getting ready to move in. Volunteers from The Living Word Sanctuary Church has been cleaning up since they got it. 

'The property had been untouched for 10 years,' Living Word Pastor Nicholas DeJacimo told the Warren Tribune-Chronicle . 'You had so much grass you could have sold it for hay.'

The mansion is a considerable step up; the church has been holding services at a YMCA. The sanctuary the church hopes to have ready by year's end is an area where Tyson and his guests splashed in an indoor pool. It will include an area for baptisms, along with the pews and pulpit. What was once fireplace will become an indoor waterfall.

Daily Mail
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