Today in Sports History: October 16

By Veronica An

Boxer Mike Tyson scored a technical knockout during the seventh round of a 1987 boxing match against Tyrell Biggs during the last heavyweight title fight to be scheduled for 15 rounds. Biggs, won the gold medal in the super heavyweight division at the 1984 Olympics. Sports critics say Tyson resented Biggs since he did not make the Olympic boxing team. Tyson defeated Biggs with a right hand followed by a flush left hook. Tyson, nicknamed Iron Mike and Kid Dynamite, was the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years old. He was the “undisputed heavyweight champ,” winning all three major belts – World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC), and International Boxing Federation (IBF). He also starred in an arcade game called Punch Out!! and a Nintendo game, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, which were released in 1987. One of his most memorable fights was a 91-second victory – when he knocked out Michael Spinks in the first round. In a shocking upset, Tyson lost to Buster Douglas and forfeited the championship title in a 1990 match in Tokyo. He was later inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and named “The Greatest Heavyweights of All-Time” by boxing publication, The Ring.

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