If this is your first time checking out this site welcome to Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…where we spotlight athletes from the past both distant and not so distant. My only rules to Smallthoughts: Old school Tuesday are we feature at least two athletes (in some case will see three and even four are spotlighted) and that the athletes that are spotlighted are retired. This week we will spotlight 3 Boxers …Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe. This post is featuring Mike Tyson.
He was must see TV. You watched as Tyson knocked out opponents in quick fashion and the manner in which many of the fighters reacted as they were knocked out would have many laughing. He was labeled the “Baddest Man on the planet” and it was hard to argue that point. He was compared to heavyweight champions of the past.
He held the undisputed world heavyweight championship and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old. Tyson won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after defeating Trevor Berbick by a TKO in the second round. In 1987, Tyson added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker. This made him the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.
In 1988, Tyson became the lineal champion when he knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds. Tyson successfully defended the world heavyweight championship nine times, including victories over Larry Holmes and Frank Bruno. In 1990, he lost his titles to underdog James “Buster” Douglas, by knockout in round 10. Attempting to regain the titles, he defeated Donovan Ruddock twice in 1991, but pulled out of a fight with undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield due to injury.
In 1996, he won the WBC and WBA titles after defeating Frank Bruno and Bruce Seldon by knockout. With his defeat of Bruno, Tyson joined Floyd Patterson, Muhammad Ali, Tim Witherspoon, Evander Holyfield, and George Foreman as the only men in boxing history to that point to have regained a heavyweight championship after having lost it. After being stripped of the WBC title, Tyson lost his WBA crown to Evander Holyfield in November 1996 by an eleventh-round TKO. Their 1997 rematch ended when Tyson was disqualified for biting part of Holyfield’s ear off.
In 2002, he fought for the world heavyweight title at the age of 35, losing by knockout to Lennox Lewis. Tyson retired from professional boxing in 2006, after being knocked out in consecutive matches against Danny Williams and Kevin McBride.
Mike Tyson retired having fought 58 times, he won 50 , 44 by knockout, lost 6 and had 2 no contest.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Mike Tyson.