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On This Day: 20-year-old Mike Tyson savages Trevor Berbick to begin reign of terror

Daniel Herbert's original fight report from Mike Tyson's stunning coronation
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THE sport of boxing, and in particular its much maligned heavyweight division, received a tremendous boost when young American prodigy Mike Tyson stopped Jamaican-born champion Trevor Berbick in two rounds to win the WBC heavyweight title.

The crushing victory made Tyson, at 20 years and five months, the youngest man ever to claim the world heavyweight title but in the event that was secondary to the fact that the stocky New Yorker brought some much needed life back into a division that had been in danger of losing itself in a welt of confusion and tedium.

Admittedly, that confusion still exists in the form of their being three claimants to the heavyweight crown, something which knocked a lot of gloss off the much-hyped “record” of Tyson, the previous youngest ever heavyweight champion, Floyd Patterson, at the age of 21 years 11 months in 1956, having been an undisputed ruler.

 

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