Mike Tyson was honored by being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 12, 2011. Tyson gave an emotional speech at his induction, one that helped people remember how great of a boxer he was. Once upon a time, Tyson seemed like he was on track to rival Muhammad Ali as the greatest boxer ever. But a string of bizarre events changed that course. Still, Tyson had some remarkable wins. Though most of his famous fights resulted in defeat, Tyson had plenty of strong fights in the win column. Here are five of his greatest boxing victories.
Michael Spinks - 1988
Spinks was an IBF champion and a very respected boxer. Spinks had no losses on his resume and most thought the fight would go down as a classic. Instead, Tyson made any fan who arrived late angry by knocking Spinks out in the first round. The fight lasted less than two minutes. It left no doubt that Tyson was the best boxer in the world.
Trevor Berbick - 1986
Tyson defeated Berbick to win the WBC title. Berbick was a solid boxer who was most famous for beating Ali in his final fight. There was a lot of trash talk, but Tyson dominated the ring. He knocked Berbick down multiple times early in the fight. The referee stopped it in the second round, giving Tyson the TKO win. It was the first world title of his career.
Razor Ruddick - 1991
This was the second fight between two of the major contenders, and the biggest win for Tyson after his loss to Buster Douglas. The first fight was won by Tyson with controversy, but he left little doubt in this one. Tyson knocked down Ruddick twice, but the fight went the distance. Tyson easily got the unanimous decision. He was set to fave Evander Holyfield for the title, but injuries and prison prevented that.
Bruce Seldon - 1996
Seldon was an average boxer, but did have the WBA title. Tyson had captured the WBC title earlier in the year, and this was his next step back. The fight was hyped, but it was no contest. Tyson crushed Seldon, knocking him out in the first round to win another world title.
Larry Holmes - 1988
Tyson handed the legend the only knockout loss of his career when he defeated him in 1988. Holmes was older, but still a solid fighter. Tyson defended his titles by taking Holmes down in the fourth round. It was one of the biggest fights of his early career in terms of popularity.
- Larry Holmes
- Trevor Berbick
- Michael Spinks
- Bruce Seldon
- Muhammad Ali
- Mike Tyson
- final fight