Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks

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1988-06-27 : Mike Tyson 218¼ lbs beat Michael Spinks 212¼ lbs by KO at 1:31 in round 1 of 12

Notes

  • Named the 1988 Ring Magazine Round of the Year.
  • This was the fight in which Tyson, three days short of his 22nd birthday, produced what is widely regarded as the most dominant performance of his career. Many experts agree that Tyson would have been a match for any heavyweight in history on this night.
  • Spinks was less than a month from his 32nd birthday and had campaigned the vast majority of his professional career as a light heavyweight.
  • Spinks, who didn't hold a belt but was regarded as the linear champion after twice beating Larry Holmes, had a perfect 31-0 record. Tyson had won 34 bouts in a row, with 30 KOs, including seven world title wins in 16 months.
  • The fight, at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, attracted enormous worldwide interest and was billed "Once and For All", meaning the winner would be recognized as the undisputed heavyweight champion (even though Tyson met the criteria for being an undisputed champion already, he won all three titles [WBC, WBA, IBF], Spinks was the linear champion of the division).
  • Tyson came out in his usual aggressive style, immediately putting Spinks on his back foot. With just over a minute gone, Tyson dropped Spinks with a right hand to the body, the second time the former Light Heavyweight Champion had been down in his career (first time was against Dwight Muhammad Qawi in 1983).
  • Spinks got up but was caught with another big right, this time on the chin, and counted out after 1 minute, 31 seconds of the first round.
  • Tyson earned a record USD $22 million for the fight, the biggest purse ever paid to a boxer at that time. Spinks Recieved 13.5 million.
  • Spinks entered the ring as a 4–1 underdog