1. Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks, 1988
Iron Mike knew how feared he was and was more than happy to play up to the fact. Never was that more obvious than when he fought Michael Spinks: instead of choosing lyrically apt rap jams like ‘Road to Glory’ vs Frank Bruno, or ‘Time 4 Sum Aksion’ vs Peter McNeeley, he went with a found sound recording of dark, dirty and droning industrial noise that was truly foreboding and visibly shook Spinks. Listening back, the clanking metal sounds now seem eerily prescient of the prison chains that would hang from Tyson’s wrists a few years later.
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