Twenty Years Later, Remembering the Night Buster Douglas Knocked Out Mike Tyson
Twenty years ago tonight Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson to claim the heavyweight championship of the world. It was an epic fight — in Tokyo of all places — with the 42-to-1 underdog Douglas KOing the Champ in the tenth round. (By the way, those odds came from the Mirage in Vegas, the only casino to even lay down odds for the fight.) It was the beginning of the end for Tyson, and Douglas didn’t hold up much better; he lost to Evander Holyfield in the third round in his very next fight and soon retired. For further reading, check out Jeremy Schapp’s “myth busting” of the fight and the Sportsguy’s 2002 piece on Tyson’s retirement.
For your viewing pleasure, up above is a clip of the 10th-round KO. After the jump, check out the hilarious “Mike Tyson’s Punch Out” version of those final moments, as well as a very short “Where are they now?” clip by HBO, which includes the not-too-surprising revelation that Douglas ballooned up to more than 400 pounds and was once in a diabetic coma. And finally, for those who are really bored, we’ve got videos of the entire fight, presented in three parts.
“Punch Out” version:
Where are they now…
Rounds 1 through 4:
Rounds 5 through 7:
Rounds 8 through KO: