Date: 21st March 1988
Venue: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
Title: WBC, WBA & IBF World Heavyweight Titles
Promoter: Don King Productions, Teiken Promotions
( 33 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 216 1/4 lbs
( 24 - 1 - 0 )
Weight: 238 1/4 lbs
Undisputed world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson took his show on the road and faced the challenge of former WBA champion Tony Tubbs before a 51,000 crowd at the newly opened Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
Tyson was shocked at the reception he received from the Japanese people the moment he arrived in Tokyo saying "I wanted to be heavyweight champion, but I never wanted to be a super, superstar. This is scary, to be a bigger star in another country than you are in your own country. It scares me."
Tubbs who came into the ring weighing 238¼ lbs was no match for Tyson on this night, succumbing to 'Iron' Mike's body assault in 2 rounds. The finishing punch was a left hook to the head which dropped the challenger, referee Arthur Mercante counted him out at 2:54 of the round.
Two days later, Tyson arrived back in New York and went straight to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, where his manager and friend Jimmy Jacobs died the following day.