Mike Tyson was one of the most feared guys in the world during his time. One of the most brutal knockout artists ever to compete in boxing was the former heavyweight world champion. The Baddest Man on the Planet was defeated by several combatants even during his peak, shocking the entire globe.
Mike Tyson was a beast that few could ever control during his heyday because of his quick reflexes, agility, and brutal force in his fists. After 37 consecutive victories inside the ring, he experienced his first loss in a professional match.
Although the 54-year-old finished his illustrious career with 50 victories, he experienced six losses from 5 boxers listed below.
. Buster Douglas
The first boxer to beat Mike Tyson was James “Buster” Douglas. On February 11, 1990, Mike Tyson faced Buster Douglas amidst a great deal of personal upheaval, including his separation and divorce from Robin Givens.
Additionally, Tyson parted ways with his dependable manager Bill Cay ton and his longtime coach Kevin Rooney.
Before the boxing battle, Mike Tyson reportedly gave his training less than his all. Buster Douglas arrived with sharper jabs and took advantage of Tyson’s 12-inch reach disadvantage
. Evander Holyfield
Evander Holyfield, in fight one, was the only boxer to defeat Mike Tyson twice. After his defeat to Douglas, Mike Tyson defeated Henry Tillman twice and Alex Stewart once before facing the No. 2 contender Donovan “Razor” Ruddock, one of the most dreadful heavyweight boxers.
The victory qualified him for a fight against Evander Holyfield. Tyson had to pull out due to rib cartilage damage. After Mike Tyson had fulfilled his prison term, the two could meet in a title fight dubbed Finally. Holyfield had left the game, but came back as the underdog.
On November 9, 1996, they squared off, and Evander Holyfield became the second boxer to knock Mike Tyson out when the referee stopped the fight in round 11.
A second meeting between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield happened on June 28, 1997. The Sound and the Fury was their second bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena, making both millionaires.
Mike Tyson bit Holyfield’s ears twice, leading to a controversial disqualification. The initial bite cost Holyfield points, but his ear required medical treatment. The second time, referee Mills Lane stopped the fight, and Holyfield won by disqualification, the first time in more than half a century.
. Lennox Lewis
Before their fight, Lewis Tyson and Lennox Lewis had a contentious rivalry. Conflict broke out at the promotional press conference between the two boxers’ entourages. Due to allegations of sexual assault against him, NSAC denied Mike Tyson a license, preventing the fight in Nevada as originally planned. Many other states did the same.
They set the battle for June 8, 2002, at Memphis, Tennessee’s Pyramid Arena. Tyson was eliminated from the fight in the eighth round thanks to Lennox Lewis’ dominance.
The bout was the highest-earning PPV event in history at the time. In contrast to prior occasions, Mike Tyson showed respect for his opponent after this defeat and even complimented Lennox’s.
. Danny Williams
Following Lewis, Mike Tyson took on Clifford Etienne, defeating him in 49 seconds for his final career victory in the ring. Tyson’s personal life had already begun to deteriorate rapidly before this fight. He declared bankruptcy in 2003.
Iron On July 30, 2004, Mike attempted a comeback against Danny Williams following a time when reports of a confrontation with Bob Sapp persisted. That never happened, and Mike Tyson instead fought Williams, losing once more.
Tyson was in his element for the first couple of rounds; however, his opponent defeated him shockingly in the fourth. Later, people discovered that Mike Tyson was fighting on one leg due to a ruptured knee ligament.
It was inappropriate for the legendary boxer and his distinguished career for Mike Tyson’s final professional bout to come to a sudden and ungraceful end. On June 11, 2005, when he was up against McBride, Mike Tyson abruptly ended the fight before the seventh round began.
This act was shocking to the audience and anybody watching at home.
Mike Tyson later admitted in his documentary that he competed against McBride for the fight pay and did not expect to prevail. Mike Tyson ended his career as a professional boxer following this contest.