Mike Tyson’s Best Knockouts

This weekend we will see the return of the most vicious knockout artist that the world has ever seen when Mike Tyson takes on Roy Jones Junior in Los Angeles.

He may be 54 years old but the former Heavyweight champion of the world looks in incredible shape as seen in social media posts leading into this eight round exhibition fight on Sunday (AEDT).

Tyson burst onto the boxing scene in 1985, finishing 12 of his first first 16 professional fight by knockout in the first round!

He became the youngest ever Heavyweight champion of the world when he beat Trevor Berbick at just 20 years of age and eventually finished his career with 50 wins from 58 fights with 44 of those wins coming via KO.

We’ve taken a look back at the incredible career of ‘Iron’ Mike and listed his best knockouts all in the one place.

Marvis Frazier

For the first couple of years that Mike Tyson was a pro, it was a blood bath.

Tyson had been fighting for many years when his coach Cus D’amato decided he was ready to go professional and many of his opponents simply were not ready for the power that Tyson had.

This made for some pretty lacklustre finishes where many simply crawled up into a ball once they had taken enough punishment.

Joe Frazier’s son, Marvis, has built an impressive record of 16-1 when he took on Tyson in July of 1986.

The fight lasted thirty seconds and was ended in brutal fashion.

Trevor Berbick

Tyson became the youngest Heavyweight champion of all time in 1986 when he dethroned Trevor Berbick by knocking him out clean in the second round.

A new era was born.

Frank Bruno 2

This one was never going the distance.

To his credit, Englishman Frank Bruno was trading punches with Tyson admirably when they fought in 1989 for the first time only to lose via TKO in the fifth round.

Tyson would regain the WBC Heavyweight title that he lost to Buster Douglas six years previous via a TKO in the third round through sheer punching power.

Steve Zouski

Poor Steve Zouski.

He literally ate the canvas in round three of his fight when Tyson was fighting every second week on his way to his world title.

Reggie Gross

My personal favourite knockout of Iron Mike’s came against Reggie Gross.

Gross threw everything but the kitchen sink at Tyson in the first round with Tyson dodging and weaving every single punch.

Then he let fly that brutal left hook.

Larry Holmes

With Muhammad Ali ringside, Mike Tyson retained all three of his Heavyweight titles against the legend Larry Holmes in 1988.

It was the only KO loss that Holmes suffered in 75 professional bouts.

Peter McNeeley

Peter McNeeley promised to ‘wrap Tyson in a cocoon’ before their 1995 bout in Las Vegas.

He came out like a raging bull only to be knocked down twice inside a minute and a half.

His trainer stopped any further damage by jumping in the ring which lead to a DQ.

McNeeley then had an excuse for the rest his life and he also got paid.

Smart.

Henry Tillman

Fresh off losing his WBA, WBC and IBF titles to Buster Douglas in the biggest upset in boxing history, Mike wanted revenge.

Henry Tillman was the poor bastard that took the brunt of Tyson’s disappointment and anger.

In 2:47 mins of the first round.

Francois Botha

After almost two years away from the sport following his suspension for his DQ against Evander Holyfield, Tyson fought South African Francois Botha.

He looks slow and lacklustre in the opening few rounds and had many worried he was not the same fighter.

Then he went BAM with a clean straight right.

This is the single hardest punch I have ever seen.

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