Mike Tyson’s top five knockouts ranked as we approach anniversary of first world title victory
Mike Tyson is the youngest heavyweight world champion in boxing history, having won his first title at the tender age of 20 years, four months and 22 days.
It dates back to November 1986 against Trevor Berbick, who was tripped up in the ring after just two rounds with “ Iron ” Mike in November 1986.
No one has ever managed to beat their astonishing record, with Briain’s Herbie Hide coming closest at the age of 22 in 1994.
And ahead of the 33rd anniversary of Tyson’s first world title triumph, Starsport ranked the top five knockouts of his heavyweight career.
5. François Botha (January 16, 1999)
After back-to-back losses to Evander Holyfield and a suspension for biting the American’s ear in his second disqualification loss, Tyson returned 19 months later to Botha and looked rusty from the start.
Still, his lethargic start meant little in the end, as he whipped in a devastating right hand that sent the South African crashing to the canvas in the fifth round.
Botha tried to get back to his feet but was unsuccessful, instead suffering the second loss of his career.
4. Larry Holmes (January 22, 1988)
Holmes might have come from two points losses to Michael Spinks and almost as many years of inactivity, but no one had ever dismantled him like Tyson did in January 1988.
A superb left-right combination from Tyson in the fourth round dropped Holmes, who looked like a downed tree as he slowly fell back onto the canvas.
He dragged himself to the top, but Tyson was in a ruthless mood and knocked out the 38-year-old again before wiping him out completely in Atlantic City with a quick right hand.
3. Trevor Berbick (November 22, 1986)
Tyson’s iconic victory over Berbick, which has seen him produce a chilling performance beyond his years, must be on this list.
Eight months before turning 21, the fierce New Yorker clinched the WBC title and etched his name in the history books when he crushed a helpless Berbick in two rounds at the Las Vegas Hilton.
It was a sharp left hook that ended the proceedings, with Berbick reeling around the ring as he attempted to get back to his feet before the referee left the fight.
2. Henry Tillman (June 16, 1990)
Just four months after being knocked out by James ‘Buster’ Douglas in one of the biggest boxing upsets of all time, former undisputed champion Tyson returned against Tillman – who had twice beaten him in the ranks amateurs.
Nonetheless, it’s fair to say that their professional meeting yielded mixed results.
Tyson avenged his previous shortcomings by producing one of his most explosive first-round knockouts, leaving Tillman in a heap on the ground after buckling in a vicious right hand.
1. Michael Spinks (March 21, 1988)
At the height of his powers as the Undisputed Leader, Tyson tore apart a previously undefeated Spinks in just 91 seconds at Conventional Hall in Atlantic City.
Spinks entered the fight, considered the richest in history at the time, as the linear heavyweight champion.
But Tyson mocked his opponent with a brutal display three days before his 22nd birthday.
A right hand to the body first forced Spinks to take a knee, before being flattened by the fierce champion seconds later.
Tyson was at his typical, ruthless best that night, producing his most impressive knockout.