The first time Joo attempted to enter Tyson's abandoned mansion, he and a friend were arrested and given fines before they even got inside.

Mike Tyson mansion
Johnny Joo

The second time around they got permission to explore the place.

Mike Tyson mansion
Johnny Joo

The mansion, which Tyson lived in in the 1980s and '90s, sat vacant since 1999, until late last year when it was finally sold. "I had obtained permission from the current owner to document restoration progress," Joo says. "It's still in very good shape."

Mike Tyson mansion
Johnny Joo

The new owners plan to turn the five-bedroom, seven-bathroom estate into a church and a community center.

Mike Tyson mansion
Johnny Joo

Yet all Joo could think about when he was inside was "how many strippers hung out with tigers and all had wild parties."

Mike Tyson mansion
Johnny Joo

"It's quite a contrast that it is soon to become a church, but quite a cool shift," he says.

Mike Tyson mansion
Johnny Joo

Joo says the tiger cages and basketball courts emblazoned with Tyson's name are intact.

Mike Tyson mansion
Johnny Joo

This living room used to have garish black and white tiger-striped carpeting, large pieces of furniture, and huge TVs.

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Johnny Joo

The pool, now mostly drained, is housed inside a massive structure.

Mike Tyson mansion
Johnny Joo

"The pool was bigger than like three of my houses," Joo says. According to People magazine, it's shaped like a boxing glove.

Mike Tyson's house
Johnny Joo

A gaudy part of the mansion is Tyson's green stone and gold bathroom.

Mike Tyson mansion
Johnny Joo

From his tub, Tyson could see out on to his massive property.

Mike Tyson mansion
Johnny Joo

Vandals have gotten to the house. "I'm sure at this point, most of the world is in the know of this mansion, and many are very intrigued by it," says Joo.

Mike Tyson mansion
Johnny Joo

"I love researching and documenting abandoned places, so of course a former world famous boxer's home would be on my list of things to photograph," Joo says. "The history and stories behind these places always fascinates me."

Mike Tyson mansion
Johnny Joo

"So many things ... are forgotten so easily," he says. Joo calls his work "historical preservation through photographs."

Mike Tyson mansion
Johnny Joo

"I enjoy the pure feeling of an eerie but calming silence, being tucked away from any life on the outside, while nobody knows you are there. It feels almost like life after humans, so quiet, and you can learn so much, coming to peace with the world around," he says.

Mike Tyson mansion
Johnny Joo

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