Although he has already retired from professional boxing, there’s no doubt that ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson has left his mark in the boxing industry – and more recently – on the silver screen. With a reputation for being “the scariest boxer ever” and “the most ferocious fighter to step into a professional ring”, it’s no surprise that he intimidated his opponents.
Besides holding the record as youngest boxer to clinch the WBC, WBA and IFB Heavyweight titles at only 20 years of age, Tyson was also known for his great strength and was a force to be reckoned with in the ring. He won 50 out of 58 total fights, of which, 44 were by knockout.
1) K.O. in 39 seconds: Ricardo Spain
This might have been Mike Tyson’s first fight in front of a huge audience, but he didn’t let his nerves get the better of him. In fact, he put up a good fight and was relentlessly attacking Spain with his punches – until he eventually knocked him out, in under a minute.
In the words of the commentator, “Tyson absolutely destroyed him there!” We couldn’t agree more.
2) K.O. in 39 seconds: Michael Johnson
Mike Tyson faced Michael Johnson in Atlantic City, in the eighth fight of his professional career. Watch him end the fight with a crushing right hand and emerge victorious in under 40 seconds.
3) K.O. in 38 seconds: Lou Savarese
Tyson was 3 fights into his comeback at this point, and it’s obvious that he entered the ring to win, judging from the way he ferociously attacked Lou Savarese during this fight in Glasgow, Scotland.
Upon landing his first punch, Tyson managed to get Savarese on the ground. Unfortunately, he ended up facing a furious attack from Tyson, who kept pounding away at him.
4) K.O. in 37 seconds: Robert Colay
This was Mike Tyson’s first fight to be scheduled for 8 rounds. But all he really needed was 1 round to knock out his opponent, Robert Colay.
A strong left hook from Tyson got Colay lying on the ground – only 27 seconds into the fight. Although Colay managed to get up at the count of 9, he was clearly struggling, so the referee ended the bout.
5) K.O. in 30 seconds: Marvis Frazier
We saved the best for last! In just half a minute, Mike Tyson knocked out his opponent and son of former Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier, Marvis Frazier, with an uppercut. This is known to be the quickest victory of Tyson’s career – and he achieved it when he was only 20!
Are you now convinced that Mike Tyson is one of the most exciting boxers in history? After watching these knockouts, we now fully understand why he calls himself “the baddest man on the planet”!