Mike Tyson was, when he emerged onto the national and worldwide scene, an athlete unlike anything that the majority of casual sports fans had witnessed. Well before Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar Ronda Rousey was wowing crowds with quick finishes that made her a household name, Tyson was knocking opponents out with a combination of speed and power that made him the so-called “Baddest Man On The Planet.” Tyson was “Kid Dynamite” who could end the fight in the blink of an eye, a boxing draw who still gets mentioned during pay-per-view events and whenever a fighter is on the cusp of being a star of boxing or mixed martial arts.
Fans could not get enough of the younger version of Tyson who rose up the ranks and ultimately won the World Heavyweight Championship. We tried to see if we could be the one to dethrone Tyson in the iconic video game Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!, a title that sold over a million copies in part because it was associated with the iconic boxer. Those ESPN specials showcasing the fastest and greatest knockouts in the career of Tyson are still featured on television specials to this day. That speaks to the legacy of the man who was the star of those fights nearly three decades ago.
The debut of Tyson, and the first-round knockout of Hector Mercedes. Tyson knocking Trevor Berbick out for the WBA Championship. Tyson making short work of Michael Spinks en route to winning yet another title. Those famous interview segments that were memorable, intense and even somewhat unintentionally humorous. All of them are worthy of being mentioned among the greatest moments of Mike Tyson's career, and all of them left memories of a fighter who has never been replaced in the hearts and minds of some fans. Face it: The sport is still, in 2015, looking for the next Tyson.
10 Tyson Knocks Hector Mercedes Out
9 The Tyson “Hangover” Scene
8 That Tyson Post-Fight Interview
A Genius.com user offered his contribution to society when he jotted down, per his ears, the words that Tyson spoke during one of his most famous post-fight interview:
I'm the best ever. I'm the most brutal and vicious, and most ruthless champion there's ever been. There's no one can stop me. Lennox is a conqueror? No, I'm Alexander, he's no Alexander. I'm the best ever. There's never been anybody as ruthless. I'm Sonny Liston, I'm Jack Dempsey. There's no one like me. I'm from their cloth. There's no one that can match me. My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I'm just ferocious. I want your heart. I want to eat his children. Praise be to Allah.
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6 Tyson Versus “Stone Cold”
5 Tyson Defeats Bruce Seldon
4 Tyson: “He Was Crying In There”
“Body punches. I was hitting him with body punches. I heard him, actually, he was crying in there; making woman gestures.”
3 Tyson Defeats Berbick
2 Tyson Destroys Carl Williams
1 Tyson Owns Michael Spinks
Remember when Michael Spinks allegedly had a chance to be the guy who would defeat Tyson? Those hopes were dashed as soon as Tyson began his intimidating walk toward the ring. Tyson, as explained in the fight commentary, showed “no fear” and “no respect at all” in taking it to Spinks as soon as the opening bell rung. Spinks was seemingly afraid to throw a punch because of Tyson's power and counter-punching abilities, and Tyson twice floored the over-matched opponent. Spinks was unable to answer the ten-count a second time, as he was knocked out cold by Tyson in 91 seconds.
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