James (Buster) Douglas

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Name: James Douglas
Alias: Buster
Born: 1960-04-07
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 3½″   /   192cm
Reach: 83″   /   211cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainers: Eddie Aliano, Richie Giachetti
Manager: John Johnson
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Career Overview

James (Buster) Douglas is the son of hard-punching Bill Douglas and brother of Billy Douglas.

On February 11, 1990, at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, James (Buster) Douglas "shocked the world" by knocking out the seemingly invincible Mike Tyson to become the undisputed heavyweight champion. He would lose that title eight months later in first defense against Evander Holyfield. Douglas was heavily criticized for coming to fight Holyfield out of shape. He was overweight in that fight and was clearly not in the same excellent shape that he fought Tyson in.

He faced a series of lawsuits after he won the Heavyweight Title and subsequently became frustrated with the fight game. He also made 25 million dollars for fighting Holyfield and said he was well off enough to quit boxing. However, 6 years later Buster Douglas did return to the ring and won a few fights against journeyman before being KO'd in the first round by Lou Savarese, he retired soon afterwards.

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Preceded by:
Mike Tyson
IBF Heavyweight Champion
WBA Heavyweight Champion
WBC Heavyweight Champion

1990 Feb 11 – 1990 Oct 25
Succeeded by:
Evander Holyfield