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Boxing: Tyson highs and lows in pictures

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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:11 AM
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1986: Not quite the fearsome character that came to rule the world of boxing. Still, you wouldn't mess, would you?



TRD

posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:11 AM
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1986: History is made as Iron Mike becomes the youngest world heavyweight champion after battering WBC champ Trevor Birbeck.


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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:12 AM
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1988: 'Ello, ello, ello... what's all this then?' Mike poses with the Metropolitan Police on a visit to England. It would not be the last time he felt the long arm of the law.


TRD

posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:13 AM
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1988: The domination of the heavyweight division continues, with Michael Spinks the seventh opponent to feel the full force of Iron Mike.


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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:13 AM
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1989: Happy days for both boxing greats. Mike and our own Frank Bruno share a smile before their title fight. If only they knew what was around the corner...


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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:14 AM
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1989: "And Tyson's in trouble!" We all remember the moment Frank had Iron Mike wobbling. But he could not capitalise though, Mike won in the fifth and the rest, as they say, is history.


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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:14 AM
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1990: The hair-raising moment with Bruno over, Tyson and promoter Don King enjoy some good times. But like most things in Mike's life, it all turned sour and ended up in a law suit.


TRD

posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:15 AM
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1991: Not content with being beaten once, Donovan 'Razor' Roddick came back for more. Some people never learn...


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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:15 AM
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1992: In what was to become an all too familiar scene, Tyson leaves court. This time after appearing on rape charges. Incarceration was not far away


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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:16 AM
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1995: Just how did Mike blow $300million? Spending $5million on two pet white tigers (the one pictured is called Kitty), might go some way to explaining it.


TRD

posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:17 AM
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1997: Tyson bows down and plants a smacker on the floor after beating Frank Bruno again. This time it lasted three rounds before a different part of Frank's anatomy hit the canvas.


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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:17 AM
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1996: It was the fight of the year, the upset of the year and perhaps the start of his decline. Tyson is floored by Evander Holyfield in the 11th - and he didn't recover.


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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:18 AM
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1997: Things start to turn ugly as Tyson finds Evander 'The Real Deal' Holyfield proves too good for a fighter that appears a shadow of his former self. The look on Evander's face says it all...


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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:19 AM
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1997: Holyfield - and the sporting world - can barely believe their eyes (or Evander's ear) as Tyson takes the most famous bite since Dracula. He was of course, disqualified... in disgrace.


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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:19 AM
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1998: Mike punches the air in victory as he wins the second appeal to have his fighting license re-instated in Nevada. Look out boxing, Tyson is back...


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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:20 AM
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2002: Back in the limelight and back in trouble again. Tyson and his sizeable entourage opt for a bout of pre-fight fisticuffs with Lennox Lewis and his pals. Not one you'd like to break up...


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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:20 AM
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2002: Tyson actually fared better at the press conference! Lewis outboxed him in every department before dumping him on his derierre in the eighth, to remain the undisputed heavyweight king.


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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:21 AM
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2003: Tyson, complete with new err... round-the-eye tattoo, lets his little son Miguel do the talking as he prepares for his first bout since the Lewis lesson.


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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:22 AM
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2003: Tyson gets a taste of his own medicine as Clifford 'The Black Rhino' Etienne lives up to his nickname and comes charging at him from the first bell. Big Clifford lasted just 49 seconds.


TRD

posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 08:22 AM
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2004: Tyson looking relaxed and enjoying his time away from the ring at a film premier. And with all due respect to Messrs Lewis, Holyfield, Douglas, Etienne, Spinks and Birbeck, it's nice to see a pretty face...





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