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Mike Tyson

Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966, Brooklyn, New York, USA), also known as "Malik Abdul Aziz" via Islamic conversion, is a former American professional boxer and World Heavyweight Champion, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. In his prime, he routinely defeated prominent opponents in devastating fashion, and was one of the most feared boxers in the sport, known by such nicknames as "Iron" Mike Tyson, Kid Dynamite, and The Baddest Man on the Planet. His once immensely promising career was undermined by serious personal problems, lack of preparation, and periods of imprisonment. Upon release following his first prison sentence, he made a heavily anticipated comeback, but failed to reclaim his previous dominance. On June 11, 2005, Tyson suffered a defeat to journeyman Kevin McBride, and shortly after retired from the sport.


Mike Tyson Career Set (14 DVDs) (59 Fights)

Disc 1

1) Payne (Amatuer)

2) Bent (Amatuer)

3) Tillman I (Amatuer)

Tillman II (Amatuer) - Olympic qualifier

4) Biggs, Tyrell - October 1987 against the 1984 Olympic champion Tyrell Biggs, a great performance from Tyson which ended with a victory by knockout in the seventh round.

5) Tubbs, Tony - in Tokyo in March,1988, fitting in an easy two round victory amid promotional and marketing work.

6) Frazier, Marvis (ESPN Classic)


Disc 2

1) Stewart, Alex

2) Bruno, Frank I - third comeback fight after being released from prison regained one belt by easily winning the WBC title from Frank Bruno in March 1996 in three rounds.

3) Pinklon, Thomas - beat Pinklon Thomas in May 1997 with a knockout in the sixth round.

4) McNeeley, Peter - First fight after being released from prison in 1995

5) Seldon, Bruce - September 1996 - Tyson won back the WBA title in 93 seconds from Bruce Seldon after having paid Lennox Lewis $4 million to "step aside". Seldon was subjected to much ridicule for his first round loss to Tyson because he seemed to go down and out from a very light punch. Many accused him of being so scared that he simply gave up.

6) Norris, Orlin - October 23, 1999 - Tyson knocked Norris down with a left hook he threw after the bell sounded ending the first round. Norris injured his knee when he went down and said he was unable to fight on. The bout was ruled a no contest.


Disc 3

1) First 8 fights of career all going less than 3 rds (Hector Mercedes, Trenton Singleton, Don Halpin, Rick Spain, John Alderson, Larry Sims, Lorenzo Canady, Michael Johnson)

2) Tillis, James

3) Jameson, Mike

4) Boyd, Lorenzo

5) Long, Donnie


Disc 4

1) Ruddock, Donovan II "Razor" I - March 1991 - notable because of Tyson's bizarre "jailhouse" talk towards his opponent. He told Ruddock, "Everyone knows you're a transvestite and you love me. I'm gonna make you my girlfriend. I can't wait to get my hands on a pretty thing like you". There was some controversy over the first fight which Tyson won in the seventh round; many believe the referee, Richard Steele, stopped the fight prematurely.

2) Smith, James "Bonecrusher" - March 7, 1987 - won by unanimous decision and added Smith's WBA title to his existing belt.


Disc 5

1) Douglas, James "Buster" - February 11, 1990 - The biggest upset ever - On paper it looked like an easy victory for Tyson, but Douglas was at an emotional peak after losing his mother to cancer three weeks prior to the fight. Tyson failed to find a way past Douglas's lightning fast jab that had a crippling thirteen-inch reach advantage over his own, and, 35 seconds within the start of the 10th round, Douglas unleashed a crushing combination of blows. Tyson hit the canvas for the first time in his career and did not get back up. The sight of the then 37-0 undefeated champion rolling around on the floor trying to put his mouthpiece back in was an image that contrasted deeply with many boxing fans' perceptions of Tyson up to that point. Tyson lost all of his belts.

2) Tillman, Henry

3) Ruddock, Donovan "Razor" II - Tyson won the rematch comprehensively in a unanimous points decision.

4) Bruno, Frank II

5) Cortez (Amatuer)


Disc 6

1) Holyfield, Evandor I - 1996 fight of the Year

2) Holyfield, Evandor II - June 28, 1997 - "The Sound and the Fury," the $100-million rematch between these titans, since Holyfield had knocked Tyson out 8 months earlier, and the rematch was drawing more attention than the first bout, with Tyson getting $30 million, Holyfield $35 million, and pay per view fees of $49.95. Problems started when Holyfield head butted Tyson in the second round opening a three inch cut over Tyson's right eye. Tyson had repeadedly complained about head butting in the first bout between the two. A time-out was called briefly, but no deduction was taken from Holyfield. Tyson continued the second round with blood trickling into his eye, Tyson was clearly frustrated and irritated about this, as the third round was about to begin Tyson came out of his corner not wearing his mouthpiece, Lane noticing this ordered Tyson back to his corner to get his mouthpiece, The two get back into position and the fight starts, an angry Tyson rushes hard at Holyfield, catching Holyfield with a solid right and then a ferocious combination. The crowd went wild, chanting "Tyson! Tyson!" Suddenly, with 40 seconds left in the 3rd round, the fight took a unexpected turn, Holyfield got Tyson in a clinch, Tyson then rolled his head above Holyfield's shoulder, spat out his mouthpiece and bit Holyfield's right ear taking off a chunk. Holyfield pushed Tyson away and started hopping up and down in pain, and spun around in a circle holding his ear. Lane abruptly called for a time-out, Holyfield turned to walk to his corner, when Tyson with a smirk on his face ran up to Holyfield and pushed him in his back, startling the crowd and Holyfield who fell into the ropes. Lane quickly moved Tyson and directed Holyfield back to his corner as Tyson walked calmly back to his. The fight was delayed for several minutes as Lane told Tyson he was penalizing him with a two-point deduction, a physician examined Holyfield's ear and determined he could continue to fight. The fight resumed with 30 seconds left in the round. The two fought into another clinch Tyson then craned his neck around again and bit Holyfield's left ear with 22 seconds left, Holyfield threw his hands around the get out of the clinch and jumped back as Tyson waved his arms as to say "Come on", Lane did not stop the fight this time, so the two men continued fighting till the time expired, both men walked back to their respective corners when the fight was then stopped. After the fight was stopped Tyson still tried to get at Holyfield and Holyfield's trainer Brooks while they where still in their corner. Tyson took swings at anyone who got in his way including a police officer until he was finnally held back into his corner. Announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. read the never-before-heard decision: "Referee Mills Lane has disqualified Mike Tyson for biting Evander Holyfield on both of his ears." Tyson was walking back to his locker room when a fan tossed a full bottle of water in Tyson's direction, Tyson began climbing over a temporary railing and up into the stands making obscene gestures to the crowd and storming his way up the side of a stairway before he was drug to his locker room. Tyson was suspended and his licence withheld.

3) Golota, Andrew - won in round three, a result that was changed to no contest after Tyson failed a doping test.

4) Colay, Robert



Disc 7

1) Scaff, Sammy

2) Ribalta, Jose

3) Canady, Lorenzo

4) Young, Mark

5) Spinks, Michael - June 27, 1988 - Tyson brutally knocked out IBF heavyweight champion Michael Spinks at 1:31 of the first round. This fight is often regarded as the climax of Tyson's career because at the time Spinks was believed to be the most legitimate contender and had never lost a fight before meeting Tyson.

6) Holmes, Larry - faced an aged but still game Larry Holmes on January 22, 1988, and defeated the legendary former champion by fourth round knockout.

7) Williams, Carl


Disc 8

1) Francis, Julius - 2000 - Following controversy as to whether Tyson should be allowed into England, he knocked out Francis in the second round.

2) Botha, Francois - January 1999 - while Botha initially controlled the fight, Tyson landed a straight right-hand in the fifth round that knocked Botha out.

3) Savarese, Lou - June 2000 in Glasgow - The entire fight only lasted 38 seconds. Tyson continued punching after the referee had stopped the fight, accidentally knocking him to the floor as he tried to separate the boxers.

4) Neilson, Brian - only fight in 2001, beating Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen with a seventh round TKO.

5) Mathis Jr., Buster - 1995 - 2nd Fight after getting out of prison


Disc 9

1) Lewis, Lennox - 2002 - Tyson sought to fight Lennox Lewis in 2002 in Nevada, but the Nevada boxing commission refused him a license to box as he was facing possible sexual assault charges. Tyson made inflammatory remarks to Lewis prior to the eventual bout stating, "I want your heart, I wanna eat his children". A scuffle at a press conference finally removed any chance of a Nevada fight. The fight actually occurred on June 8 in Memphis, Tennessee. Lewis dominated the fight and knocked out Tyson in the eighth round.

2) Etienne, Clifford - February 22, 2003 - Tyson beat fringe contender Clifford Etienne 49 seconds into round one, once again in Memphis. The pre-fight was marred by rumours of Tyson's lack of fitness and that he took time out from training to party in Las Vegas and get a new facial tattoo.


Disc 10

1) Tucker, Tony - August 13, 1987 he took the IBF title from Tony Tucker, winning by unanimous decision to become "undisputed heavyweight champion of the world"


Disc 11

1) Green, Mitch

2) Ferguson, Jesse

3) Alderson, John

4) Berbick, Trevor - November 22, 1986, Tyson was given his first title shot, fighting Trevor Berbick for the WBC heavyweight title. Tyson won the title by second round knockout, and at the age of 20 years and 4 months became the youngest heavyweight champion ever.

5) Gross, Reggie


Disc 12

1) Williams, Danny - July 31, 2004 - Tyson faced the unregarded Englishman Danny Williams in another comeback fight staged in Louisville, Kentucky. Tyson dominated the opening two rounds. The third round was more even, with Williams getting in some clean blows and also a few illegal ones, for which he was penalized. In the fourth round Tyson was surprisingly knocked out. It transpired that Tyson was trying to fight on one leg, having torn a ligament in his other knee in the first round. This was Tyson's fifth career defeat. He underwent surgery for the ligament four days after the fight. His manager Shelly Finkel claimed that Tyson was unable to throw meaningful right-hand punches after the knee injury.

2) Laila Ali vs Monica Nunez (IWBF Super Middleweight Title)

3) Nelson Dieppa vs Ulises Solis (WBO Junior Flyweight Championship)


Disc 13

1) McBride, Kevin - June 11, 2005 - Tyson stunned the boxing world by quitting before the start of the seventh round in a close bout against journeyman Kevin McBride. After losing the third of his last four fights, Tyson said he would quit boxing because he hasn't "got the fighting guts or the heart anymore."

2) Miguel Cotto vs Muhammad Abdullev

3) Ike Quartey vs Verno Phillips

4) Antonio Tarver vs Glen Johnson


Disc 14

1. Mike Tyson "Beyond the Glory"