Sports fans love when an exciting flash knockout ends a boxing match or mixed martial arts fight. Some may pretend that they are horrified by such events, but the reality is that we can't get enough of seeing highlights and replays of knockouts. That Mike Tyson was often one swing of his right or left arm away from finishing a fight made him “The Baddest Man On The Planet.” Ultimate Fighting Championship title holder Ronda Rousey is a household name and an international star because she has the ability to take an opponent out before the bell sounds for the conclusion of the first round of an encounter.
Long before Rousey was known to anybody who follows MMA and the UFC, Tyson was putting opponents away with knockouts that earned him headlines in newspapers and that made him the ideal boxing star for shows such as ESPN's SportsCenter. The truth of the matter is that Tyson was actually ahead of his time. Just imagine that type of buzz that Tyson would have generated on social media websites had he come along 15 years after he made his way through the heavyweight division. It is not crazy to suggest that Tyson would have been the first sports superstar of YouTube because of his greatest knockouts.
The list of the top 10 greatest Mike Tyson knockouts includes fights from his first and second runs as a professional boxer. First showcased are knockouts that occurred from the early days of Tyson's career, well before anybody could have said with any certainty that Tyson was going to become an icon who had a video game named after him and who would be recognized three decades later as one of the best knockout artists in history. Last but certainly not least is the knockout that cemented Tyson as, for a time, boxing's greatest champion. The sport could use the next edition of “Kid Dynamite,” if one is out there.
10 Tyson Versus Hector Mercedes
9 Tyson Versus Trent Singleton
8 Tyson Versus Buster Mathis
7 Tyson Versus Larry Holmes
6 Tyson Versus Henry Tillman
5 Tyson Versus Frank Bruno
4 Tyson Versus Marvis Frazier
3 Tyson Versus Trevor Berbick
2 Tyson Versus Carl Williams
1 Tyson Versus Michael Spinks
Michael Spinks probably should have known that trouble was coming when Tyson nearly galloped out of his corner at the start of the fight. In all fairness, though, Spinks did not have all that long to think about it before he was on his back. Spinks was rocked by Tyson punches early in the first round, and a left hook to the head followed by a body shot forced Spinks down to a knee. He would have been wise to have remained on that knee through the ten count. Spinks instead rose to fight again, but one final right hand to the head from Tyson put him down for good. Tyson proved to the world that he was, at the time, the greatest heavyweight boxer in the world.
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