By Wilmar Patino:
From “Kid Dynamite” to “Iron Mike”, Mike Tyson (50-6-44 KO’s) has always been revered for his Boxing skills and knockout power. He holds the record for being the youngest heavyweight champion and is the youngest to unify the division. From his meteoric rise to his eventual downfall one thing that remained with Tyson was his ferocious power. He’s listed as one of the hardest punchers ever, and will go down in Boxing history as the baddest man on the planet. Today we take a brief look at Tyson’s awesome concussive power.
Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. In 1988, Tyson became the lineal champion when he knocked out an undefeated Michael Spinks in 91 seconds of the first round. Mike Tyson had speed, power, athleticism, and evasive skills that had not been seen previously in the heavyweight division. Standing at just under 6 ft tall with a physique built like a tank, and power in both hands, it’s no wonder why he was so feared in the 80’s and early 90’s. Tyson recorded 20 1st round knockouts in his professional career. It could have been 22 if it weren’t for Peter McNeely getting disqualified in Tyson’s comeback fight, and Tyson’s win over Golota being changed to a no contest due to failing a drug test as marijuana was found in Tyson’s system when he took the post-fight drug test.
Under the guidance and tutelage of Cus D’Amato Mike Tyson learned his peekaboo style and bobbed and weaved his way to the top while taking some scalps with him. As seen in the video below Mike Tyson would dispatch most of his opponents in the early going of a fight and was infamous for his 1st round knockouts. It’s been over a decade since he retired and the legend behind his power continues. Although he may have never met the expectations when considering how much power, talent and skill Mike Tyson had, he still remains as one of the biggest punchers to ever grace the squared circle.