If you’ve never seen a Mike Tyson fight, you’re missing something legendary. We’ve compiled five of Tyson’s most awesome knockouts, from the beginning to the end of his career.
Mike Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, holds the record as the youngest boxer to ever win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. Known for his knockout power, he won his first 19 professional fights via knockout – 12 of them in the first round. His unusual “peek-a-boo” stance allowed him to easily jab his opponent at face level, giving him the space he needed for a knockout.
Sit back, watch, and be amazed by his brutal knockout power:
1. Tyson vs. Frazier
This match saw Tyson’s fastest knockout ever. In 30 seconds, Tyson was able to secure the quickest victory of his professional career. Starting with several left jabs, he was able to land a few more blows before Frazier slumped on the ropes and onto the canvas.
2. Tyson vs. Berbick
Trevor Berbick, who had previously defeated Muhammad Ali, was favored to win this fight. Unfortunately, the 20 year-old Mike Tyson was able to topple Berbick’s reign in less than six minutes.
3. Tyson vs. Holmes
The former WBC and IBF Heavyweight champion Larry Holmes was desperate to get his title back, agreeing to face Tyson in the ring after being out for two years. Before the fight, Holmes voiced his dislike of Tyson, calling him a “dirty fighter”. In the end, Tyson did what he does best and knocked Holmes out in the 4th round.
4. Tyson vs. Spinks
In this match, both men were fighting for ultimate glory as they were both undefeated and held the claim to being the heavyweight champion. At the time, Tyson held the WBC, WBA and IBF belts while Spinks was both a Ring and lineal champion. Unfortunately for Spinks, Tyson went on to knock him out in 91 seconds. A month after his defeat, Spinks announced his retirement from boxing.
5. Tyson vs. Etienne
In a previous fight with WBC and IBF champion Lennox Lewis, Tyson was knocked out in the 8th round. Many were certain that it would be his final fight. The year after, he proved them wrong when he took on Etienne and knocked him out in 49 seconds. It was one of Tyson’s final fights and one of his quickest victories to date.
Mike Tyson is the only heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles and the only heavyweight to win them successively. Although he has been involved in several controversies, he remains as one of history’s most ferocious boxers. There is no doubt that Tyson is truly a legend in his own right.