Very few professional boxers have managed to retire with an unblemished record. Floyd Mayweather is, of course, the latest addition to that list, but it is a mighty short one, with names like Rocky Marciano, Joe Calzaghe, and Edwin Valero.
One name that is missing from that list is Mike Tyson. When the boxer was in his prime, many considered him to be a probable candidate to join that elite club. But one man put paid to all those hopes – Buster Douglas.
A virtual unknown, Douglas was 7 years senior and had 4 losses to Tyson’s record of 37-0. 33 of those wins were brutal knockouts. Naturally, Tyson was the overwhelming favorite with odds of 42-1 in his favor,
The match started well enough for Tyson, who knocked down Douglas in the eighth round. But Buster recovered and pressed ahead, landing some lusty blows on the champ. And finally, in the 10th round, he connected with a knockout punch, ending Tyson’s unbeaten run for good.