Mike Tyson vs. William Hosea

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Mike Tyson 217 lbs beat William Hosea 215 lbs by KO at 2:03 in round 1 of 10

Tyson swarmed over Hosea and landed some hard shots to the body. Hosea landed a hard left hook to Tyson's head. But Tyson never blinked and resumed his body attack. Midway through the round, Tyson staggered Hosea with a left to the liver and a right to the ribs. Hosea dropped to his knees. It looked like Hosea was regrouping himself, but he failed to beat the referee's count and the fight ended to boos from the crowd of about 1,200.


  • Mike Tyson 22-0 (20 KOs) vs. William Hosea (listed on program as 17-3 (15 KOs).
  • Tyson entered ranked as the # 2 heavyweight contender by the WBC.
  • The bout was originally scheduled for February 22nd, but Tyson's camp withdrew three days prior citing a cold that had forced Tyson to visit the doctor and miss some training camp.
  • Hosea estimated his share of the purse was about $10,000.
  • Tyson injured his left hand in the bout and it remained aggravated in preparations for his next fight with Lorenzo Boyd.


  • "I had bad shoes, and I was slipping all over the canvas. I went down and was waiting to get up, and then the ref had to stop counting to send Tyson to a neutral corner. I misjudged the timing of it, and when he got to 10, I wasn't up yet. I just wanted to get through that first round and get my shoes taped up. For all of my fights, I got nervous just because of the unexpected. You can get hurt. Anything can happen. But I wasn't really thinking about Tyson as a heavy hitter. I just knew he could fight, and I had been training hard because of that. The thought of beating him was great. It definitely would have changed my life." - William Hosea in an interview with ESPN.com in 2005. [1]


  • "Tyson-Hosea Fight Cancelled" (1986, Feb. 20) Harlan Daily Enterprise p. 7. Article
  • "Unbeaten Tyson Scores Knockout Against Hose" (1986, June 29) The Press-Courier p. 13. Article