What Happened to Mike Tyson in His Last Fight?

Published 12/25/2021, 11:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 9: Mike Tyson talks with the media after he was defeated by Evander Holyfield for the WBA Heavyweight tittle at the MGM Grand Garden on November 9, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holyfield won the fight with a TKO in the 11th round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)


Mike Tyson witnessed one of the best heavyweight runs in boxing. Making his debut in 1985, Tyson bagged some terrific wins to his name. Also, he became the youngest heavyweight champ at just 20. However, his concluding years in the sport lost the charm, and Tyson rarely kept up with his slick momentum.

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Many know about how Tyson started, but do you know how he signed off from the sport? Who he faced in his last professional outing?

‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ squared off with Kevin McBride in his last fight in 2005.

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Kevin McBride’s Shock Victory over Mike Tyson

The Irishman was an obvious underdog coming into this fight. However, he still stood a chance with his lanky physique. But, boxing purists had deep faith in Tyson’s power, who, back then, was desperate to claim a win after filing for bankruptcy.

The underdog went all over Tyson from the first bell itself. He clinched ‘Iron’ Mike many times, landing his vicious uppercuts. On top of that, the fight between the two seemed one-sided from the first bell as Tyson failed to move rigorously like he used to.

‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ connected a few right hooks that shook McBride. But in round 6, McBride landed a few hits, and Tyson went down and sat on the canvas. Post that, the referee termed the fight as an RTD finish for the Irishman.

The aftermath of the fight was something no one expected because Tyson announced his retirement from the sport.

An iconic return of Mike Tyson

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Tyson, last year, made his iconic boxing comeback in a fight against Roy Jones Jr. This was an exhibition encounter wherein both the men fought for a social cause.

Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson (black trunks) shakes hands with Roy Jones, Jr. (white trunks) after their split draw 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

As expected, the fight did wonders for PPV buys. This contest sold over a whopping 1.6 million PPV buys, making it one of the biggest events of 2020.

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Also, Mike Tyson fared well in the fight, showing a snippet of his old version to the entire fight fraternity.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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