Jul-21-1989: Tyson KOs Williams in 93 Seconds

Tyson KOs Williams in 93 Seconds

On this day in 1989, Mike Tyson (36-0, 32 KOs) defended his heavyweight title against Carl “The Truth” Williams (22-2, 17 KOs), winning on a knockout in 93 seconds in what is one of the fastest knockouts in a heavyweight title fight.

Throughout his career:

  • Tyson won 50 fights (44 by KO)
  • 24 of the knockouts were in the first round
  • including 3 title defenses

The Williams fight came 13-months after Tyson’s victory over Michael Spinks in 91 seconds.  It was his last bout before losing to Buster Douglas in Tokyo in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

Tyson’s quickest knockout was over Marvis Frazier in a mere 30 seconds.

As of 2005, the fastest heavyweight title knockout came when Lamon Brewster knocked down Andrew Golota three times in 53 seconds at the United Center.  The Chicago Tribune listed these other quick heavyweight title exits:

63 seconds Michael Dokes over Mike Weaver May 20, 1983

88 seconds Tommy Burns over Bill Squires July 4, 1907

88 seconds Tommy Burns over Jem Roche March 17, 1908

91 seconds Mike Tyson over Michael Spinks June 27, 1988

95 seconds Lennox Lewis over Golota Oct. 4, 1997


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