Mike Tyson shows off his softer side and iconic facial tattoo as he hits the red carpet for the 20th Annual Citi Taste Of Tennis in NYC

He was a fearsome knockout artist during the time when he ruled the heavyweight boxing division in parts of the 1980's and 90s.

And on Thursday Iron MIke Tyson made a rare red carpet appearance when he attended the 20th Annual Citi Taste Of Tennis in New York City on Thursday.

The event, which includes celebrities and signature cuisine from the city's leading chefs, is part of the lead-in to next week's prestigious US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament.    

Iron Mike! A much more serene Mike Tyson, 53, hit the red carper for the 20th Annual City Taste Of Tennis event in New York City on Thursday

Iron Mike! A much more serene Mike Tyson, 53, hit the red carper for the 20th Annual City Taste Of Tennis event in New York City on Thursday

A much more serene Tyson, 53, looked suave in his blue two-piece suit as he posed from the sea of photographers.

The former heavyweight champ rounded out his ensemble with a white dress shirt, dark dress shoes and a trimmed full beard.

At one point, he flashed the tradition boxing fist for the cameras, all the while with his trademark facial tattoo in full view. 

Stylish: The former heavyweight champion of the world looked suave in a blue suit, white dress shirt and dark dress shoes

Stylish: The former heavyweight champion of the world looked suave in a blue suit, white dress shirt and dark dress shoes

He then shared the spotlight with his wife Kiki Tyson and their daughter Milan.

Both of the Tyson ladies opted to go with a flurry of color for their respective ensembles. 

The couple also share a son Morocco, eight.

In all Tyson has fathered seven children with multiple women.   

Family time: The champ posed with daughter Milan Tyson (center) and wife Kiki Tyson (right)

Family time: The champ posed with daughter Milan Tyson (center) and wife Kiki Tyson (right)

Iconic: Tyson holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20

Iconic: Tyson holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20

Tyson holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at just 20 years of age. 

He would eventually became the lineal champion when he knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds of the first round in 1988.

The Brooklyn, New York native intimidated fighters with his incredible strength that was combined with outstanding hand speed, accuracy, coordination and timing.

His failings during those years, which included prison time and suspensions from boxing, have been well chronicled.

In the years after his retirement from boxing, Tyson has had a comeback of sorts, resurrecting his image and career with a one-man show in Las Vegas and Broadway, along with film and television roles and subsequent business ventures.

Makeover: Tyson has resurrected his image and career in the years after he retired from boxing

Makeover: Tyson has resurrected his image and career in the years after he retired from boxing

Mike Tyson hits the red carpet for the 20th Annual Citi Taste Of Tennis in NYC

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