1. MICHAEL SPINKS
The long-limbed and awkward Spinks was a stellar 31-0, but Mike Tyson blew him away in just 91 seconds in June 1988.
2. TONY TUCKER
The 6ft 5in Tucker, 34-0, offered stiff resistance in this August 1987 unification match but Mike prevailed on all cards.
3. TREVOR BERBICK
Berbick was left drunkenly wobbling around the ring as 20-year-old Tyson became the youngest ever world heavyweight champion.
4. PINKLON THOMAS
After five ordinary rounds, Tyson produced an unanswered 15-punch fusillade to finish off Thomas in the sixth.
5. FRANK BRUNO II
Bruno was actually defending the WBC belt as a reinvigorated Tyson regained the world title following his prison time.
6. LARRY HOLMES
Sure, Holmes was past it – but this fourth-round stoppage in January 1988 was Larry’s only inside-the-distance defeat.
7. TYRELL BIGGS
Biggs never repeated his Olympic gold-medal-winning form in the pros, but he was 15-0 when Mike crushed him in seven rounds.
8. ‘BONECRUSHER’ SMITH
This March 1987 points win was considered boring, but ‘Bonecrusher’ was both tough and a puncher.
9. MITCH GREEN
Fellow-New Yorker Green was rugged but Tyson widely outpointed him over 10 rounds six months before becoming world champion.
10. LOU SAVARESE
The Texan’s 39-3 ledger was flattering, yet Tyson looked good in this 38-second destruction at a wet Hampden Park.
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