History | Feb 25 2019

On This Day: Mike Tyson blitzes brave Frank Bruno

George Gigney relives the doomed Frank Bruno's 1989 confrontation with Mike Tyson
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tyson-bruno  |  Action Images/Sporting Pictures/Simon Miles

AFTER a 16-month hiatus from the sport, Frank Bruno chose to jump in at the deep end when he returned on February 25, 1989 by challenging a then-undefeated and imperious Mike Tyson for his WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles at The Hilton in Las Vegas. A purse of £3.75m may have had something to do with that decision.

HIS last fight had come in 1987, an eighth-round stoppage of an ageing Joe Bugner, and while his supporters felt his 32-2 (31) record proved he was capable of upsetting the odds, his standing as mandatory challenger became questionable under closer inspection.

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