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Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks

Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks

Date: 27th June 1988

Venue: Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Title: WBC, WBA & IBF World Heavyweight Titles

Promoted by: Butch Lewis Productions, Dynamic Duo Inc, Don King Productions


Mike Tyson
( 34 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 218 1/4 lbs

Michael Spinks
( 31 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 212 1/4 lbs

A sellout crowd of 21,785 packed The Convention Hall in Atlantic City to see the fight billed as "Once And For All." Undefeated Mike Tyson the undisputed champion (WBC, WBA, and IBF) against Michael Spinks the lineal world heavyweight champion. Spinks entered the ring as a 4-1 underdog.

Many consider this fight as the peak performance in the career of Mike Tyson. He was determined to destroy Spinks in no uncertain manner after Spinks' manager Butch Lewis demanded that Tyson's glove be removed to check a bulge that was obviously caused by the laces under the tape, Tyson told his trainer Kevin Rooney "I'm gonna hurt this guy."

The fight lasted 1 minute and 31 seconds. Tyson was so destructive in his fighting manner one wonders if any heavyweight could have seen out that first round.