James “Buster” Douglas sends Mike Tyson crashing to the canvas 25 years ago in Tokyo, Japan/Photo by Associated Press
Twenty-five years ago today – Feb. 10, 1990 (Feb. 11 in Japan) – James “Buster” Douglas knocked out heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in the 10th round in Tokyo, Japan to shock the world in perhaps the biggest upset in history in a big fight.
Douglas survived an eighth-round knockdown to come back and sock it to Tyson in a way that will always be remembered.
If you want to see it again, or see it for the first time, tune in to ESPN2 tonight (Tuesday) at 11 p.m. to catch the replay.
Interestingly, Douglas lost the three belts he took from Tyson in his first defense when he was knocked out in the third round by Evander Holyfield on Oct. 25, 1990 in Las Vegas. Douglas never again fought for a major title
Just received my advance copy of “The Bite Fight,” an in depth look at the June 28, 1997 heavyweight title fight rematch between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, during which Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield’s ear.
I haven’t read it yet, but it has several photos – most of them in color – and the foreword is by Tyson. One of his quotes in the foreword says a lot: “When I look back on my second fight with Evander, I still can’t believe that I bit his ear. I mean, what was I thinking? I wasn’t. I just reacted – and badly at that. The world would never look at me the same.”
I will be reviewing this book. Check back for that. I’m expecting a great read because of the subject and because the author, George Willis, has been a terrific boxing writer for a long time. He currently reports for the New York Post.
It’s due out in book stores in June.