Mike Tyson Thinks He Won the Buster Douglas Fight: ‘He Was Knocked Out for 14 Seconds’

Published 12/07/2020, 6:46 AM EST
LAS VEGAS – FEBRUARY 25: Mike Tyson boxes Frank Bruno at the Hilton Hotel-Casino on February 25, 1989 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson defeated Bruno with a TKO in Round 5. (Focus on Sport via Getty Images)


James ‘Buster’ Douglas shocked the world with an upset when he knocked out Mike Tyson in their title clash in 1990. It was Tyson’s maiden pro defeat that ended a win-streak of 36 fights. However, even three decades later, ‘Iron’ is not ready to accept the loss.

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Despite being concussed, Mike Tyson believes that he knocked out Douglas in round 8 and blames the referee for giving him a long count.

It was a thunderous uppercut that floored Douglas and apparently, people saw ‘Iron’ Mike winning the fight with another KO. However, ‘Buster’ regained ha vertical base and put on a clinical showdown to finish Tyson in round 10.

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Tyson recently connected with the YouTube page of djvlad to recall the incident. He cited it as a robbery in Douglas’ favor.

Talking about it, ‘Iron’ Mike said, “He (Douglas) panicked and he never really been in the magnitude of a fight like that and they panicked. Well, I didn’t care about my eye, but I was complaining about that he was knocked out for… 14 seconds. And they gave him (Douglas) a long count.”

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – JULY 21: Mike Tyson stands in the ring during the fight with Carl Williams at the Convention Center on July 21, 1989 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tyson defeated Williams in the fifth round with a TKO. (Focus on Sport via Getty Images)

He added, “It was the truth. Do it again and count, as soon as he hit the floor, it was 14 seconds when he got up…Well, look at it right now. You can look at it right now, at your phone here.”

To validate his dominant aura, Tyson further said, “He (Douglas) never fought me back.”

Mike Tyson vs James Douglas 2- The Right Time?

Both the former heavyweight champions had glittery careers, but Tyson boasted of a more impressive record.

‘Iron’ has had 58 pro fights in which he has won 50 (44 KOs) and lost 6, with 2 no-contests. Meanwhile, Douglas has a record of 37 wins, 6 losses, and one no-contest.

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Aged 60 now, Douglas has minimal chances of re-entering the ring. But Tyson proved that age is just a number as he took part in an exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr. a few days back.

Given Tyson’s reluctance to accept the result, fans may want the duo to duke it out in an exhibition. Since Tyson is back in the fighting flow, he might want to settle the scores with Douglas.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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