1987-08-01 Mike Tyson w pts 12 Tony Tucker, Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WORLD

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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. Tucker (221), who staggered Tyson with a left uppercut in the opening round, failed to build on his early success, appearing happy to jab and move while the WBA/WBC champion 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.

On winning, Tyson became the youngest fully recognised heavyweight champion in history at 21 years (and one month) of age, nine months younger than Floyd Patterson was when he defeated Archie Moore back in 1956.