25 Years Ago Today: Iron Mike Tyson KO'ed By 42-to-1 Underdog Buster Douglas!
February 11, 1990
Location: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
"Iron" Mike Tyson 220½ lbs
James "Buster" Douglas 231½ lbs
*The Ring Magazine named Tyson vs. Douglas Upset of the Year for 1990.
Tyson made over $6 million and Douglas got $1.3 million.
Douglas entered the fight as a 42-to-1 underdog.
Douglas' mother suffered a stroke and died 23 days before the fight. Those around Douglas sensed a new resolve when he went back into training after his mother's funeral. He was dedicated like never before.
Douglas controlled the fight from the beginning, working behind a strong jab on the outside and tying up Tyson when he got inside. This was Tyson's third fight without Kevin Rooney, his long-time trainer, and the incompetence of his new trainers, Aaron Snowell and Jay Bright, was never more evident. Tyson's left eye started to swell by the fifth round, but Tyson's corner didn't have an enswell, a standard piece of equipment for any corner, so Snowell filled a latex glove with ice and put that on Tyson's eye between rounds. Teddy Atlas, Tyson's former amateur trainer, said, "Those two guys couldn’t train a fish to swim.” With six seconds left in the eighth round, Tyson dropped Douglas with a right uppercut. Douglas got up at the count of nine and that was the end of the round. Douglas regained control in the ninth round and wobbled Tyson with a left. In the tenth round, Douglas hurt Tyson with a right uppercut, then followed up with a combination, finishing with a left that put Tyson down for the first time in his career. Tyson put his knocked-out mouthpiece in backwards and tried to get up, but his legs were too wobbly. Referee Octavio Meyran waved the fight over and wrapped his arms around the rubbery-legged Tyson.
The end of Iron Mike as we knew it
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