WATCH: When Mike Tyson Lost Control and “Knocked the Referee Down”

Published 06/06/2022, 8:00 AM EDT

The former two-time heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, was always in the limelight for doing unusual things inside the ring. He once sent the referee on the floor instead of his opponent.

‘The Baddest Man on Planet’ was certainly a phenomenal knockout machine the boxing world has ever produced. Throughout his career, he thrashed several world champions in a spectacular fashion. This is interesting for his fans, but what’s more interesting is that ‘Iron’ Mike once accidentally punched the referee so hard that the latter fell on the floor.


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It happened in a fight in 2000 when Tyson was making his comeback. The champ was in phenomenal shape and took a shot against Lou Savarese. He entered the ring with all guns blazing and stunned the crowd by scoring the first knockdown in the initial seconds of the fight with a left hook.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – DECEMBER 8: Heavyweight fighter Mike Tyson enters the ring before he faces Alex Stewart in a ten round heavyweight fight December 8, 1990 at the Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tyson won the fight with a KO in the first round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

However, Savarese somehow survived it and took his stance to face furious Tyson again.

The referee defined the entire scenario as “He’s in big big trouble. It’s all over shortly next punch, numbers quicker than he put them through his fast step. It’s finished, it’s finished. The referee trying to stop the fight. Tyson stepped right into the corner and knocked the referee down, he knocked referee down.”

Notably, when Tyson charged at his opponent for the second time with lethal hooks and uppercuts, the referee stepped in to stop the bout. However, it went wrong as Tyson was so intent on destroying his opponent that he accidentally caught the referee with a lethal blow knocking him down.

Since it was unintentional so it cost nothing to Tyson.

What’s next for Mike Tyson?


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As of now, the 55-year-old champ is retired from the sport and is busy with his business ventures. Along with that, the youngest heavyweight champion ever is running his podcastHotBoxin’ with Mike Tyson, to engage in a discussion with celebrities from different walks of life.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Former champion Mike Tyson poses on the red carpet during the Box Fan Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

Many are speculating that Tyson will return inside the ring for an exhibition bout. However, Tyson has made no official announcement regarding that.


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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Following the completion of his training as an amateur boxer, he is currently preparing to appear for trials at the state and national levels. With over 3 years of experience in playing the sport, Abhishek is also the holder of a Bachelor's in Arts degree from the University of Delhi.

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