1. Mike Tyson
Mike’s heavyweight title reign from 1986-1990 was nothing short of emphatic. He fought an astonishing 13 times in ’86, the last of which was a two-round demolition of Trevor Berbick to lift the WBC crown and become the youngest world heavyweight champion in history.
The musclebound New Yorker had frightening power and explosive speed as well as decent boxing skills to boot. As he dispatched the likes of Pinklon Thomas, Tyrell Biggs, Larry Holmes and Michael Spinks with ease, the aura of invincibility around Tyson grew rapidly.
The fear of facing Tyson beat numerous boxers before they had even entered the ring against him and the world was captivated by the enigmatic brute.
However, on a tumultuous and unforgettable night in Tokyo in 1990, massive underdog James ‘Buster’ Douglas etched his name into the history books by knocking Mike out in 10 rounds. Tyson’s formidable reputation had been shattered.