Tony Tucker vs. James Douglas

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Tony Tucker 222 lbs beat James Douglas 228 lbs by TKO at 1:36 in round 10 of 15

  • Date: 1987-05-30
  • Location: Las Vegas Hilton, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Referee: Mills Lane
  • Judge: Glen Hamada 85-86
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  • Judge: Chuck Giampa 86-85
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  • Judge: Ed Levine 86-86
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Tucker Captures Ibf Heavyweight Title
By Bob Verdi | Chicago Tribune | May 31, 1987

Tony Tucker stunned James "Buster" Douglas with a right hand early in the 10th round, then finished him off with a flurry of punches Saturday to win the International Boxing Federation heavyweight title.

The bout was part of the undercard for the Mike Tyson-Pinklon Thomas fight. Tyson was defending his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association heavyweight titles.

Tucker will fight the winner of the Tyson-Thomas bout Aug. 1.

Douglas seemed comfortably ahead when Tucker suddenly hit him with a right hand 1:05 into the 10th round. The punch knocked Douglas into the ropes. Tucker was on Douglas quickly, hammering him with a series of punches that moved him across the ring.

Douglas (23-4-1) was unable to defend himself against the onslaught, and referee Mills Lane moved in to stop the fight at 1:36 as Tucker (35-0 with 30 knockouts) kept flailing punches to Douglas' head.

The IBF title had been vacant after Michael Spinks was stripped for refusing to agree to a mandatory defense against Tucker.