The Iron Years Part Two: Undisputed

Updated: Aug 6, 2019

Mike Tyson: King of the Heavyweights

Undisputed Title Defences

16th October 1987, Convention Hall, Atlantic City

Mike Tyson Vs Tyrell Biggs

'Iron' Mike Tyson stepped into the ring for the first time as the unified champion. His opponent was ranked number one by the WBA and IBF. Tyrell Biggs won the Olympic Super-heavyweight gold medal in Los Angeles in 1984, beating top amateurs such as Canada's Lennox Lewis and Italy's Francesco Damiani along the way. He turned professional in November 1984, beating Mike Evans on points. He beat former title challengers James Tillis, Renaldo Snipes both by decision and stopped David Bey. However, in the Bey bout, which was on the undercard of Tyson Vs James Smith, Biggs suffered a nasty cut which required thirty-two stitches.

Four months later Biggs was back in action against Lorenzo Boyd, stopping his man in the third round. He next entered the ring awaiting the arrival of the champion, with a record of 15-0, ten opponents stopped. Before the fight, which was the last heavyweight championship contest scheduled for fifteen rounds, Biggs was in confident mood. "He's not fought anyone like me, someone with a strong jab who can box and is not going in there just to survive. Do you think I'm going to walk into the roundhouse punches of a guy who is 5-8?"

Biggs' style was to jab and move and with his amateur pedigree he looked like to have the tools to cause Tyson some problems. Biggs danced around the ring reminiscent to Muhammad Ali, but Tyson started to find his range halfway through the round and was able to land the more solid blows.

Tyson on the attack against Biggs

Tyson was out jabbing the taller man in the second round. He started to work the challenger's body and was able to land his left hook. The third and Tyson was either slipping or walking through his man's jab to land his bombs, preferably the left hook to the jaw. Biggs' troubles were escalating as the cut eye he suffered in the David Bey fight had opened up from the champion's rights.

Biggs didn't have the power to trouble Tyson, who just walked through everything the challenger had to offer. His hand speed and head movement was immense, as he was able to get inside and bang away to body and head through rounds four and five. Round six was more of the same, with Biggs getting busted up. His eye was bleeding and now so was his mouth.

With thirty seconds of the seventh round remaining, Tyson finally put Biggs down with a left hook. The challenger crashed into the ropes and sat up right contemplating whether to get up or not. He was up at nine, but shipped another right as the action resumed. Tyson banged away at the body and fired a right to the head, which Biggs blocked, but a left hook sent him to the canvas once more, with referee Tony Orlando not bothering to count with one second remaining of the round.

Mike Tyson's words after the fight were chilling. "He was doing so much talking that I wanted to make him pay with his health. I don't want to sound egotistical, but I could have knocked him out in the third round. I wanted to do it slowly. I wanted him to remember this for a long time."

22nd January 1988, Convention Center, Atlantic City

Mike Tyson Vs Larry Holmes

Larry Holmes was born 03rd November 1949 in Cuthburt, Georgia and later resided in Easton, Pennsylvania. As an amateur his record stood at 19-3. He reache