VIDEO: A Young Mike Tyson Knocks Out Junior Olympics Opponent in Seconds

Published 12/17/2020, 10:00 AM EST
ATLANTIC CITY – DECEMBER 8,1990: Mike Tyson looks on in the ring against Alex Stewart during the fight at the Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Mike Tyson won by a TKO 1. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)


ESPN Ringside recently shared a video of a young Mike Tyson in the junior Olympics. Tyson was 15 years old at that time. ‘Iron‘ participated in the tournament during the early days of his career. He was taken to it by the famous trainer, Teddy Atlas.

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A young Tyson can be seen coming out of the blocks like a sprinter. He went towards his opponent at a fast pace and after a few feints and exchanges knocked his opponent out cold with a left hook. The shot was dubbed similar to Joe Frazier’s by the commentator on the video.

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Needless to mention, Tyson was just as scary back then as he was in the prime of his career. In the words of Teddy Atlas, “He went to his first national tournament in national Junior Olympics up in Colorado. The United States’ airforce base.

He went there. He was 14 years old, I believe. 14 or 15. The first year he was 14. It was two years in a row that I took him. He won them and he won them by first-round knockouts in every fight.” added Atlas.

Mike Tyson was a freak of nature inside the squared ring since the beginning of his career. Early footage of his bouts support that fact as well.

Mike Tyson fought Roy Jones Jr. recently

Mike Tyson broke his 15 year-long hiatus from boxing last month. He fought fellow legend Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition bout. The event took place on 28th November.

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Even at 54 years of age, Tyson looks like a scary man inside the ring. Surely, he is not as good or fast inside the squared circle anymore. But he is still capable of putting up a good performance.

Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson (black trunks) fights Roy Jones, Jr. (white trunks) during a heavyweight exhibition boxing bout for the WBC Frontline Belt at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Scarnici/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

He showed that in his outing last month. For a 54-year-old man, it was a decent performance. After all, his legendary instincts were a gift of God without any doubt.

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It was quite nostalgic for the fan to see “The Baddest Man On The Planet” compete once again. Tyson also indicated that he might fight again, given he gets a worthy dance partner to stand across him.

Should Tyson fight again? Did you enjoy his clips of the Junior Olympics?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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