History | Jun 27 2019

On This Day: Mike Tyson knocks out Michael Spinks inside a round

James Slater recalls how on June 27 1988 Mike Tyson looked unstoppable
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Tyson was past his destructive peak when he fought McBride Action Images/Sporting Pictures

THEY are the most famous 91-seconds in all of boxing, and they took place on this day, a Monday, in June of 1988. 31 years ago this very day, a peak and seemingly unbeatable Mike Tyson took on the man that, in the opinion of a handful of good judges, was the only fighter left who was capable of testing him; maybe even beating him.

Dubbed “Once and For All,” the fight took place at the glitzy hotel owned by a certain Donald Trump, The Trump Plaza. Everyone who was anyone was there – Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Sylvester Stallone and Madonna to name just a handful of the celebrities in attendance – and the fight was the biggest money-spinner in the sport’s history at the time. Unfortunately, anyone who was expecting a great fight was to be disappointed.

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