‘Iron Mike ‘ had an immensely decorated career with an overall record of 50 wins and 6 losses. Here, we take a look at the times when Tyson came up short in his boxing career.
Out of Tyson’s 6 losses, 5 came by way of knockout. His career spanned between 1985 and 2005. He also holds the record for becoming boxing’s youngest Heavyweight Champion of the world. He conquered the feat in 1986 with a second-round stoppage win against Trevor Berbick.
A vicious hitter blessed with solid technical acumen, Tyson truly revolutionized the sweet science. Here are the only losses of his illustrious career.
Mike Tyson’s losses
On 11th February 1990, ‘Iron Mike’ took on James ‘Buster’ Douglas at the Tokyo Dome in his 38th career fight. It seemed like another regular night in the office for Tyson, who earned a knockdown first after flooring Douglas.
However, Douglas came back strong and eventually stopped ‘Iron Mike’ in the 10th round. It was one of the most shocking moments in the history of boxing. He became the first man to hand Tyson a loss.
Tyson went on to have another 8-fight winning streak before eventually facing Evander Holyfield in November 1996. Holyfield eventually managed to edge out Tyson via 11th round stoppage.
Tyson went in on another 6-fight unbeaten streak (2 of these fights were no-contests) before he eventually squared off against Lennox Lewis in June 2002. Lewis earned a stoppage win via 8th round knockout this time.
Mike Tyson returned to winning ways in his next fight against Clifford Etienne in 2003. ‘Iron Mike’ stopped his opponent in the first round of their fight. Danny Williams then handed him his fifth career loss in his next outing. He was stopped in the fourth round.
Tyson stepped inside the ring one more time. Irish pugilist Kevin McBride was his opponent in his final professional fight. McBride shoved Tyson to the canvas in the sixth round of the fight. The latter failed to answer the starting bell for the seventh round. It was declared a corner retirement loss for Tyson
The fight marked the end of one of the greatest heavyweights of all time’s career inside the ring. In a career spanning just over 20 years, he gave the fans countless memories to cherish. ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ left behind an impeccable legacy through his daunting style of fighting.