Feb-11, 1990: The Biggest Upset in Boxing History

The Biggest Upset in Boxing History

Tyson_douglasTwenty-five years ago, unknown Buster Douglas – a 42-1 underdog –  knocked out undefeated Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson.  “Iron Mike” had been an unstoppable force of mayhem with his prior 3 fights – Michael Spinks, Frank Bruno and Carl Williams – lasting a combined 5:56.

It is considered the greatest upset in boxing history.  For Tyson, it was the beginning of the end as he would be arrested for rape of Miss Black Rhode Island the following year.  He was convicted and in prison from 1992-1995.  He would regain the heavyweight title in 1996, only to lose it to Evan Hollyfield later that year.

Tyson’s Boxing Record:

50 Wins (44 knockouts, 5 decisions, 1 disqualification), 6 Losses, 0 Draws, 2 No Contests[165]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 50–6-(2) Republic of Ireland Kevin McBride TKO 6 (10), 3:00 2005-06-11 United States MCI Center, Washington, D.C.
Loss 50–5-(2) United Kingdom Danny Williams KO 4 (10), 2:51 2004-07-30 United States Freedom Hall State Fairground, Louisville, Kentucky
Win 50–4-(2) United States Clifford Etienne KO 1 (10), 0:49 2003-02-22 United States The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee
Loss 49–4-(2) United Kingdom Lennox Lewis KO 8 (12), 2:25 2002-06-08 United States The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee For The Ring, Lineal, WBC, IBO & IBF Heavyweight titles.
The Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year.
Win 49–3-(2) Denmark Brian Nielsen RTD 7 (10), 3:00 2001-10-13 Denmark Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
NC 48–3-(2) Poland Andrew Golota NC 3 (10) 2000-10-20 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan Originally a TKO win for Tyson after two rounds; changed to No Contest after Tyson tested positive for cannabis in the post-fight drug test.
Win 48–3-(1) United States Lou Savarese TKO 1 (10), 0:38 2000-06-24 United Kingdom Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Win 47–3-(1) United Kingdom Julius Francis TKO 2 (10), 1:03 2000-01-29 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester
NC 46–3-(1) United States Orlin Norris NC 1 (10), 3:00 1999-10-23 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Norris was unable to continue after Tyson hit Norris after the bell and Norris injured his knee in the knockdown.
Win 46–3 South Africa Francois Botha KO 5 (10), 2:59 1999-01-16 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 45–3 United States Evander Holyfield DQ 3 (12) 1997-06-28 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBA Heavyweight title.
The Ring Magazine Event of the Year.
Loss 45–2 United States Evander Holyfield TKO 11 (12), 0:37 1996-11-09 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBA Heavyweight title.
The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year & Upset of the Year.
Win 45–1 United States Bruce Seldon TKO 1 (12), 1:49 1996-09-07 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBA Heavyweight title.
Win 44–1 United Kingdom Frank Bruno TKO 3 (12), 0:50 1996-03-16 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 43–1 United States Buster Mathis, Jr. KO 3 (12), 2:32 1995-12-16 United States Core States Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 42–1 United States Peter McNeeley DQ 1 (10), 1:29 1995-08-19 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 41–1 Canada Donovan Ruddock UD 12 1991-06-28 United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 40–1 Canada Donovan Ruddock TKO 7 (12), 2:22 1991-03-18 United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 39–1 United Kingdom Alex Stewart TKO 1 (10), 2:27 1990-12-08 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 38–1 United States Henry Tillman KO 1 (10), 2:47 1990-06-16 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 37–1 United States Buster Douglas KO 10 (12), 1:22 1990-02-11 Japan Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Lost The Ring, WBC, WBA & IBF Heavyweight titles.
The Ring Magazine Upset of the Year.
Win 37–0 United States Carl Williams TKO 1 (12), 1:33 1989-07-21 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained The Ring, WBC, WBA & IBF Heavyweight titles.
Win 36–0 United Kingdom Frank Bruno TKO 5 (12), 2:55 1989-02-25 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained The Ring, WBC, WBA & IBF Heavyweight titles.
Win 35–0 United States Michael Spinks KO 1 (12), 1:31 1988-06-27 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBC, WBA & IBF Heavyweight titles.
Won The Ring Heavyweight title.
Win 34–0 United States Tony Tubbs TKO 2 (12), 2:54 1988-03-21 Japan Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Retained WBC, WBA & IBF Heavyweight titles.
Win 33–0 United States Larry Holmes TKO 4 (12), 2:55 1988-01-22 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBC, WBA & IBF Heavyweight titles.
Win 32–0 United States Tyrell Biggs TKO 7 (12), 2:59 1987-10-16 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBC, WBA & IBF Heavyweight titles.
Win 31–0 United States Tony Tucker UD 12 1987-08-01 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC & WBA Heavyweight titles.
Won IBF Heavyweight title.
Win 30–0 United States Pinklon Thomas TKO 6 (12), 2:00 1987-05-30 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC & WBA Heavyweight titles.
Win 29–0 United States James Smith UD 12 1987-03-07 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC Heavyweight title.
Won WBA Heavyweight title.
Win 28–0 Canada Trevor Berbick TKO 2 (12), 2:35 1986-11-22 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 27–0 United States Alfonso Ratliff TKO 2 (10), 1:41 1986-09-06 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 26–0 Cuba José Ribalta TKO 10 (10), 1:37 1986-08-17 United States Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 25–0 United States Marvis Frazier KO 1 (10), 0:30 1986-07-26 United States Civic Center, Glens Falls, New York
Win 24–0 United States Lorenzo Boyd KO 2 (10), 1:43 1986-07-11 United States Stevensville Hotel, Swan Lake, New York
Win 23–0 United States William Hosea KO 1 (10), 2:03 1986-06-28 United States Houston Field House, Troy, New York
Win 22–0 United States Reggie Gross TKO 1 (10), 2:36 1986-06-13 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Win 21–0 United States Mitch Green UD 10 1986-05-20 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Win 20–0 United States James Tillis UD 10 1986-05-09 United States Civic Center, Glens Falls, New York
Win 19–0 United States Steve Zouski KO 3 (10), 2:39 1986-03-10 United States Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Win 18–0 United States Jesse Ferguson TKO 6 (10), 1:19 1986-02-16 United States Houston Field House, Troy, New York Originally a disqualification win for Tyson; changed to TKO win for Tyson.
Win 17–0 United States Mike Jameson TKO 5 (8), 0:46 1986-01-24 United States Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 16–0 United States David Jaco TKO 1 (10), 2:16 1986-01-11 United States Plaza Convention Center, Albany, New York
Win 15–0 United States Mark Young TKO 1 (10), 0:50 1985-12-27 United States Latham Coliseum, Latham, New York
Win 14–0 United States Sammy Scaff TKO 1 (10), 1:19 1985-12-06 United States Felt Forum, New York
Win 13–0 Canada Conroy Nelson TKO 2 (8), 0:30 1985-11-22 United States Latham Coliseum, Latham, New York
Win 12–0 United States Eddie Richardson KO 1 (8), 1:17 1985-11-13 United States Ramada-Houston Hotel, Houston, Texas
Win 11–0 Trinidad and Tobago Sterling Benjamin TKO 1 (8), 0:54 1985-11-01 United States Latham Coliseum, Latham, New York
Win 10–0 United States Robert Colay KO 1 (8), 0:37 1985-10-25 United States Atlantis Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 9–0 United States Donnie Long TKO 1 (6), 1:28 1985-10-09 United States Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 8–0 United States Michael Johnson KO 1 (6), 0:39 1985-09-05 United States Atlantis Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 7–0 United States Lorenzo Canady KO 1 (6), 1:05 1985-08-15 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 6–0 United States Larry Sims KO 3 (6), 2:04 1985-07-19 United States Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, New York
Win 5–0 United States John Alderson TKO 2 (6), 3:00 1985-07-11 United States Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 4–0 United States Ricardo Spain TKO 1 (6), 0:39 1985-06-20 United States Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 3–0 United States Don Halpin KO 4 (4), 1:04 1985-05-23 United States Albany, New York
Win 2–0 United States Trent Singleton TKO 1 (4), 0:52 1985-04-10 United States Albany, New York
Win 1–0 Puerto Rico Hector Mercedes TKO 1 (4), 1:47 1985-03-06 United States Plaza Convention Center, Albany, New York Professional debut.
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