Tyson openly revealed that he didn’t train hard for the fight…
It is 25 years to the day since that infamous night in Tokyo, Japan when Buster Douglas shocked the world by knocking out heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
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The fight on February 11, 1990, is still regarded as one of the biggest upsets in sports history as Douglas became the heavyweight champion by defeating the previously undefeated ‘baddest man on the planet’.
At the time, Tyson was considered as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and although he gave up a weight and height advantage to his opponent, many were sure that his power would be too much for Douglas to handle.
However, the challenger immediately showed in the opening rounds that he was capable of competing before Tyson fought his way back into the fight and knocked Douglas down in the eighth round but saw him get back on his feet to continue.
Tyson then started to tire in the 10th round as Douglas caught him with a fierce uppercut before unleashing a rapid combination of punches to send Tyson to the canvas where the infamous image of him trying to put his mouth guard back in originated from.
While the pair never fought each other again, Tyson went through further troubles before being crowned world heavyweight champion again in 1995. However, in his recent book, ‘The Undisputed Truth’, ‘Iron Mike’ revealed that he didn’t take the fight seriously and was lazy in his preparation.
It was something that haunted him through most of his career after losing mentor and trainer Cus D’Amato coupled with all the distractions around him. Nevertheless, he is still considered one of the greatest and most popular boxers to have entered the ring.