10 years ago, an unknown knocked out the invincible Mike Tyson in one of boxings greatest upsets.
Buster Douglas was a 43-1 longshot when he went up against "Iron Mike" Tyson 10 years ago in Tokyo, Japan. Tyson was 23 years old with 33 knockouts. He had 17 first-round knockouts, and was10-0 in championship fights. He was viewed by many not only as the greatest fighter in the world, but possibly the best ever.
James "Buster" Douglas had no business being in the same arena with him. Douglas had reportedly "quit" in a bout just three years prior. Broadcaster Jim Lampley foreshadowed the result when he observed that Tyson was not training seriously for the fight. Anybody who has ever stepped into a ring can confirm that, no matter how good a boxer you are, being in good physical condition is essential--especially if the other guy is. Tyson had actually admitted in an interview weeks before the fight that he was unprepared. He simply never took the fight seriously. He was out of shape, and had to lose 25 pounds in the month just before the bout, which drained him of strength.
Douglas, a 6-4 former basketball player, was 29 years old and trained like Rocky Balboa. His mother had died unexpectedly a few days before the bout, and he somehow managed to use her memory to spur himself on. He stoically trained and focused on beating Tyson, trying "to show my mom she raised a strong young man."
"At that point I'd trained fighters for 20 years and I never had a fighter train as hard as Buster did that for one," said his trainer, John Russell. Douglas was a trim 231 on fight day. Tyson expended all his energy trying to knock Douglas out in the first two rounds, but Douglas withstood the onslaught. In the third round Douglas' vaunted left jab started to connect on the fatigued Tyson, and by the fifth he was punishing him. Tyson's eye started to close, and he began to lose his will to fight back. Tyson's cornermen were inept, seemingly unable to deal with his bruises. In the eighth, ahead on points, Douglas started to hurt Tyson on the ropes. Tyson was desperate at this point. He connected on Douglas, and it could have been a miracle comeback, but Douglas was not to be denied. He was stunned, but held on. Directed to a neutral corner, however, Tyson could barely walk.
Douglas finally ended Tyson in the tenth. Reporters were all over him, but in the weeks, months and years following the fight, Douglas lost all desire to train. His career completely disintegrated, but he had big money, which he invested wisely. A few years later, Sports Illustrated did a piece on him, focusing on his enormous "Big Boy" girth. The story was titled "Get A Load Of Me."
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