Mike Tyson vs Donnie Long

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1985-10-09 : Mike Tyson 215¾ lbs beat Donnie Long 215¾ lbs by TKO at 1:28 in round 1 of 6

  • Location: Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
  • Referee: Frank Cappuccino
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Notes

  • Mike Tyson 8-0 (8 KOs) vs. Donnie Long 15-3 (10 KOs)
  • Long, who earned $5,000 for the fight, was expected to be the first legitimate competition Tyson had faced as a professional.
  • As Tyson mentioned in the post-fight interview, the fight was supposed to be his first scheduled eight round bout but was cut to six likely due to television time constraints.

Bout Summary

Tyson charged out aggressively and threw power punches to the head. Long circled the ring and looked to work from a distance with his jab. A big lunging left hook sent Long into the ropes and down on his backside 37 seconds in the fight. He made it to his feet at the count of three. Tyson came forward and threw a barrage that sent Long down to a knee at 1:01. He got up at the count of two. A short left hook buckled Long's knees and sent him down for the third time in the bout. Although there was no three-knockdown rule, without beginning a count, the referee waved an end to the bout. Following the knockout, Tyson famously blew a kiss at the camera.

Quotes

  • "I remember going to the fight, and I remember waking up in the hospital. As far as the actual fight, I can't tell you a single thing. After I fought Mike Tyson, my whole career went down the drain. I went from thinking I was somebody great to being lost in the wilderness. I lost my faith in myself. I thought I was a loser and a failure again. I went back to the streets and the destruction." - Donnie Long in an interview with ESPN in 2005. Source: Long's life rivals Tyson's in uniqueness by Tim Graham
  • "Make no mistake about it. That was a good performance. Not just because of what he did, but because he did it against a fighter who, even though he's not what he was two years ago, still should be more than a journeyman heavyweight." - Al Bernstein
  • "Like I told you (Bernstein) earlier today, if I knock him out in one or two rounds would you still consider him that (a tough opponent). First of all, I would just like to thank Cus for putting in all the hard work and reaching me to the goal that we are trying to prove right now. I would like to say hello to all my family back home and once more to my dearest friend Rory Holloway back in Albany, New York. I knew from the beginning, but everybody else didn't know it was no comp, no comp. A lot of people came to look. Jesse Ferguson came to look. The Fraziers came to look. All of you come get some, because Mike Tyson is out here. He's waiting for you. All come get some. I put so much training and effort into evading punches. As Henry Tillman said in the article some derogatory things about I'm a doer, I don't think, or move my head. As anybody can see, I'm almost a master at evading punches coming at me. If anybody saw any of my fights, I don't get hit. I've yet to have a bloody nose. I've yet to have marks on my face and it's hard because I'm a counter puncher myself. I just do it with a lot of aggression. Anybody that wants to say in the business for a long time, like myself I'd like to box for at least a good twenty years because I love the game, and to be in this game for twenty years you can't take a lot of punches. I would like to finish a career with twenty years. I'd like to thank James Broad for training with me. It helped a great deal. - Mike Tyson in his post-fight interview with Al Bernstein