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“Got a Broken Jaw and Broken Ribs From That Fight”: Mike Tyson Eating ‘Deadly’ Upper Cut in Forgotten Video Leaves Shaquille O’Neal & Boxing World Floored

Published 01/21/2023, 10:15 AM EST

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Boxing legend Mike Tyson has had a few deadly battles in his boxing career. While most of his fights were short and often ended with his opponent on the canvas there were a few fighters who were brave enough to somewhat keep up with Iron Mike. One of them was Donovan “Razor” Ruddock who fought Tyson twice in his career. However, he ended up losing both fights even getting his jaw broken in the second fight.

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Ruddock was known for his vicious uppercut which he managed to land on Tyson, who was still unfazed. This even prompted 4-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal to share the forgotten second bout between the two heavyweights.

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A video of their second bout recently made rounds on the internet. In the video, Ruddock can be seen landing a clean uppercut with Tyson not budging from his spot. Ruddock then tried to land another punch which Tyson dodges and counters with a left hook sending Ruddock to the canvas.

O’Neal shared the video on his Instagram story to highlight Tyson’s skills. Moreover, the boxing world also reacted to this hidden gem which was recently revived.


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Fans react to Tyson vs Ruddock

One fan analyzed Ruddock’s facial expression realizing Tyson didn’t go down with his best shot. “The smile that said, I hit him with everything I had and Still Got Dropped!” he wrote.

Another fan claimed that Ruddock broke his jaw and ribs in the fight. “Ruddock got a broken jaw and broken ribs from that fight,” he wrote. Moreover, a fan even touted Tyson as the best ever, praising his chin and power. “Tyson ate those punches and then rocked him always will be the G.O.A.T,” he wrote.

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A fan claimed that the commentators were excited at Ruddock’s left uppercut until Tyson dropped him. “Commentator got excited about Ruddock’s left…until Tyson threw his left!” he wrote.


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One fan even tried to portray what Ruddock might have been thinking after being hit. “Ruddock was like ‘Where the f*ck did that come from..'” he wrote.

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The fans were certainly impressed by Tyson’s chin and technique, including Ruddock, who was flabbergasted after facing ‘Iron Mike’. Moreover, this proved that Tyson was more than just a power puncher and used technique and accuracy to beat his opponents. He indeed had a chin harder than many elite boxers.


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Written by:

Sahil Sood


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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, and holds a keen interest in the 'sweet science'. His journey towards following boxing began when he first saw the highlights of Mike Tyson as a teenager, and then closely followed the rise of Floyd Mayweather.
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Shibu Immanuel