Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas: 10 Facts You Didn't Know About the Biggest Upset in Boxing

Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas, billed as 'Tyson is Back!' was one of those nights that could never be forgotten. That said, here are 10 facts you didn't know about the biggest upset in boxing.


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Guest Analysts

Boxing legends Sugar Ray Leonard and Evander Holyfield were present on the fight night as the guest analyst.

Records Going
Into The Fight

Tyson was undefeated, 37–0, and the reigning undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF, and The Ring heavyweight champion. Meanwhile, Douglas was 34-1-1 (1 NC) and was on a six-fight win streak.

Douglas Suffered Several
Setbacks Before The Fight

Leading up to the fight, Douglas suffered several setbacks. His mother, Lula Pearl, died 23 days before the fight. Additionally, he had contracted the flu the day before the fight.

Eighth Round Knockdown

Tyson scored a knockdown by landing a vicious uppercut on Douglas’ chin in the eighth round. Douglas got back up by the ninth count. However, many believe it was a long count. 

The Round No One Will
Ever Forget

It was in the tenth round where Douglas managed to pull one of the greatest upsets in boxing history. Douglas landed a brutal uppercut followed by a four-punch combination, knocking Tyson down for the first time in his career. 

Fight Purse

Douglas earned approximately $1.3 million, while Tyson bagged in over $6 million.

Aftermath of the Fight

Tyson's promoter Don King immediately protested the result, claiming that Douglas had been given a long count by the referee Octavio Meyran. 

Initially, the WBA and WBC suspended recognition of Douglas as champion. However, four days later, Douglas was acknowledged as the champion by every commission.

Douglas' Joy Was Ruined

Douglas' joy for his biggest accomplishment was ruined, considering the controversies surrounding the fight. It could have been some of the happiest days of his life.

Inspired a Rock Band

Douglas's upset against Tyson is the inspiration for The Killers' song 'Tyson vs. Douglas' from their 'Wonderful Wonderful' album.

Fight Appeared on
Mike Tyson Mysteries

The fight appeared in the animated series, named 'Mike Tyson Mysteries,' in the episode 'Help a Brother Out.'


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