VIDEO: Mike Tyson Cripples Opponent With a Thunderous Body Shot

Published 12/30/2021, 10:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: Former boxer Mike Tyson attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Mike Tyson, in his prime, was on another level. To date, no other heavyweight has shown the speed, aggression, and punching power that ‘Iron’ Mike did when he was just 18 years old, fighting in his first professional fight.

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Fans know Mike Tyson for his vicious overhand rights and his unrelenting pressure. However, Tyson does not get enough credit for his boxing IQ and shot selection. He throws every punch with intent to go for the knockout and his fight against Michael Johnson was just about the same intensity.

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Back in 1985, a young Mike Tyson, just 19 years of age, took on Michael Johnson for a six-round heavyweight bout. At the start of the fight, the commentator said, “Round number one, scheduled six, but hold on to your hats. Nobody thinks it’s gonna go that far.” 

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And that’s exactly what happened. From the moment the bell rang, Tyson closed the distance, pressuring his opponent from the get-go. His opponent was taller than him, so Tyson knew he had to close the distance.

When he closed the distance, Johnson began swinging wildly, just hoping something would connect. Tyson ducked a few of his punches and countered with a left hook to the body. Tyson threw his entire body into the punch.

As soon as the punch landed, Johnson buckled to the floor and held on to his stomach.

Mike Tyson would finish training fast so he would not miss Tom and Jerry 

Mike Tyson’s ex-bodyguard and chauffeur Rudy Gonzalez revealed a pretty fascinating thing about ‘The Baddest Man on The Planet’. In conversation with The Sun, Gonzalez spoke about Tyson’s training sessions.

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Before training, Tyson would be the kindest person, asking his sparring partners how their day was and how their family is doing. When he began training, however, he would knock five sparring partners out within an hour.

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A curious Rudy Gonzalez asked ‘Iron’ Mike, “So one day I asked: ‘Boss I am confused, isn’t this about working on techniques?” 

He replied: ‘If I keep it going we will miss Tom and Jerry cartoons.’ Gonzalez had also revealed that Tyson would deliberately knock his opponents out to ensure he could watch his favorite cartoon. No wonder they call him ‘The Baddest Man on The Planet’.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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