1988-06-27 Mike Tyson w co 1 Michael Spinks, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WORLD
1988-06-27 Mike Tyson w co 1 Michael Spinks, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WORLD. Referee: Frank Cappuccino. Prior to the fight the unbeaten Spinks (212¼) had been seen by many as the man to stop the champion’s incessant march but he too ultimately went the way of all the others. Right from the start Spinks was under pressure as Tyson (218¼) tore into him, lashing in lefts and rights, and a left uppercut soon had the challenger down. Although Spinks made it to his feet at ‘two’ before taking the rest of the mandatory count there was nowhere for him to go and after trying to fight back a big left uppercut to the jaw followed by a right to the body sent him down to be counted out flat on his back at 1.31 of the session.
Following the setting up of the World Boxing Organisation (WBO), which came about after 27 delegates walked out of the WBA convention in October, in their wisdom the new organisation decided to support the winner of the Francesco Damiani v Johnny Du Plooy bout as their first heavyweight champion, rather than continue to recognise Tyson.