He was born in 1952 in New York. The father left the family when Mickey was six, but his mother Anete soon married Miami police officer Eugene Edis, who moved the family to South Florida. Rurks claimed that Eddie had physically affected him and his brother Joy several times, but his stepfather flatly denied it. “When I once asked him why he had told me things about the media, he replied,‘ Oh, Dad, I have something to say to the press, ’” Eddie said in an interview with The New York Times more of a decade.These are by no means the only statements Rurk made that were later challenged.
At the age of twelve, Mickey began boxing. According to himself, to learn to defend himself and oppose the great and evil stepfather. From 1964 to 1973, he fought 26 fights in amateur boxing, winning twenty, seventeen, with one kill.