Mike Tyson was one of the most vicious knockout artists in Boxing history. On February 11, 1990, Tyson was expected to add another victim to his list. Buster Douglas wasn’t given much chance when he stepped into the ring against Tyson at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.
Much to amazement of everyone watching, Douglas had a solid game plan and was beating Tyson to the punch. A fight that many thought would be easy, including Tyson and his team was suddenly going down hill for the undefeated fighter. They were so confident that Tyson would win that his corner men didn’t bother bringing an endswell or ice pack to the ring. Casino’s in Vegas didn’t want to take bets on the fight because Tyson was a 42-1 favorite. That is how much everyone expected Tyson to win.
It seemed things were going south fast, but in the eight round Tyson scored a knockdown on Douglas. After recovering and making it out of the round it seemed it might just be a matter of time before “Iron Mike” could end things, but Douglas survived the ninth round and then in the tenth round the unimaginable happened. Buster Douglas put together a great combination that sent Mike Tyson crashing to the canvas for the first time in his career. After being unable to beat the referee’s count Mike Tyson had been defeated for the first time and boxing fans had just witnessed the biggest upset in boxing history.
Relive this classic knockout in this week’s Boxing KO of the Week.