1987-08-01 Mike Tyson w pts 12 Tony Tucker, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD
1987-08-01 Mike Tyson w pts 12 Tony Tucker, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD. Referee: Mills Lane. Scorecards: 118-113, 119-111, 117-112. In a contest that was cut from 15 to 12 rounds a day earlier in order to satisfy the WBC and fighting to finally unify the title, Tyson (221) was always working that little bit harder than the IBF champion and fully deserved the win. Tucker (221), who staggered Tyson with a left uppercut in the opening round, failed to build on his early success and appeared happy to jab and move while Tyson looked to land heavy shots. The fight was always competitive and Tucker, who had held the IBF title for just 63 days, claimed afterwards that having hurt his right hand in the sixth he was unable to find the punches to put Tyson away with.