WATCH: Mike Tyson Brutalizes Tyrell Biggs to Unify Heavyweight Titles in 1987

Published 10/18/2021, 6:00 AM EDT


Mike Tyson was on an entirely different level back in the late 80s and early 90s. The heavyweight superstar was treacherous, and technically sound, which caused trouble to almost all of his opponents. And Tyson could relish sky-high success with all these alluring features. One more reason for his success was his work rate.

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‘Iron’ was highly active in his prime, fighting 15 times in 1985, and then defending his unified heavyweight straps four times in 1987. All these incidents are no longer common in today’s sport. But Tyson pulled them off with ease. His final title defense in 1987 came against Tyrell Biggs, which is still fresh in the minds of several fans.

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Back in those days, Tyson was undefeated and Tyrell Biggs couldn’t intimidate ‘Iron’ on any occasion. Hence, it turned out to be another highlight-reel knockout win for Mike Tyson. The fight was scheduled for 15 rounds but ended with Tyson stopping his opponent in the seventh to retain the WBC, WBA, and IBF world heavyweight titles. Here’s how the night looked.

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Mike Tyson vs Tyrell Biggs – The Heavyweight war

Tyson entered the ring as a massive favorite on October 16, 1987. And was looking to score a KO, after winning against Tony Tucker via unanimous decision in his last fight. However, Biggs showcased amazing prowess in the initial rounds. He maintained a distance from ‘Iron’ and planted sharp jabs. But the second round brought Tyson’s vicious power into the display.

‘Iron’ unleashed a powerful right hook that battered Biggs. Although he offered back the heat, Tyson looked more dominant by then. The champion advanced himself in round three and planted powerful shots on Tyrell Biggs. The same happened in the next two rounds, as Biggs had a massive cut over his left eye.

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Meanwhile, Tyson closed the show in round seven with a thunderous shot. With 30 seconds remaining on the clock, Mike Tyson knocked down Tyrell Biggs. It seemed over, but Biggs went back to his feet. Nevertheless, ‘Iron’ poleaxed him once again to stop the fight.

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After the fight, Tyson bagged 5 more KO wins in sensational fashion before suffering his maiden loss to James Douglas in 1990. As we stand three decades later, Tyson’s early dominance remains a special memory to the fight fans.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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