Mike Tyson - Fight-by-Fight Record

Dominating, But Troubled, Boxing Champ

LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 11: Boxer Mike Tyson arrives at the premiere of 'Against the Ropes' at the Chinese Theater on February 11, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.
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Mike Tyson had a controversial career, but a very successful one -- at least in his prime. He is the youngest boxer to win the World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation titles, Wikipedia notes, adding that he "won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round." He also became the lineal heavyweight champ when he knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds of the first round in a 1988 bout.

Below is a fight-by-fight listing of his career record that featured 50 wins, including 44 KOs, against only six losses and two no contests.

The 1980s - Tyson Dominates

This was Tyson's era; he dominated the late '80s like few other boxers before him. Through the end of the decade, his fights were a string of almost uninterrupted KOs and technical knockouts, where the referee had to stop the fight because his opponent could not continue.

1985

  • March 6 - Hector Mercedes, Albany, New York, TKO 1
  • April 10 - Trent Singleton, Albany, TKO 1
  • May 23 - Don Halpern, Albany, KO 4
  • June 20 - Rick Spain, Atlantic City, New Jersey, KO 1
  • July 11 - John Alderson, Atlantic City, TKO 2
  • July 19 - Larry Sims, Poughkeepsie, New York, KO 3
  • Aug. 15 - Lorenzo Canady, Atlantic City, TKO 1
  • Sept. 5 - Michael Johnson, Atlantic City, KO 1
  • Oct. 9 - Donnie Long, Atlantic City, KO 1
  • Oct. 25 - Robert Colay, Atlantic City, KO 1
  • Nov. 1 - Sterling Benjamin, Latham, TKO 1
  • Nov. 13 - Eddie Richardson, Houston, KO 1
  • Nov. 22 - Conroy Nelson, Latham, KO 2
  • Dec. 6 - Sammy Scaff, New York, KO 1
  • Dec. 27 - Mark Young, Latham, KO 1

1986

Tyson's opponent in a February bout, journeyman Jesse Ferguson, was originally disqualified -- for holding and clinching Tyson to avoid further punishment -- giving Tyson the win.

  After the referee stopped the fight, Tyson's corner protested saying that the ruling would blemish his perfect record of KOs to that point in his career. Officials agreed and adjusted the ruling to TKO. Later in the year, Tyson won the WBC heavyweight belt in November.

  • Jan. 10 - Dave Jaco, Albany, TKO 1
  • Jan. 24 - Mike Jamison, Atlantic City, TKO 5
  • Feb. 16 - Jesse Ferguson, Troy, TKO 6
  • Mar. 10 - Steve Zouski, Uniondale, KO 3
  • May 3 - James Tillis, Glen Falls, W 10
  • May 20 - Mitch Green, New York, W 10
  • June 13 - Reggie Gross, New York, TKO 1
  • June 28 - William Hosea, Troy, KO 1
  • July 11 - Lorenzo Boyd, Swan Lake, KO 2
  • July 26 - Marvis Frazier, Glen Falls, KO 1
  • Aug. 17 - Jose Ribalta, Atlantic City, TKO 10
  • Sept. 6 - Alfonzo Ratliff, Las Vegas, KO 2
  • Nov. 22 - Trevor Berbick, Las Vegas, TKO 2

1987

Tyson won the WBA heavyweight title this year as well as the IBF title. He successfully defended his other titles and become the undisputed world heavyweight champion.

  • March 7 - James Smith, Las Vegas, W 12
  • May 30 - Pinklon Thomas, Las Vegas, TKO 6
  • Aug. 1 - Tony Tucker, Las Vegas, W 12
  • Oct. 16 - Tyrell Biggs, Atlantic City, TKO 7

1988

Tyson remained champ by knocking out Larry Holmes in January, Tony Tubbs in March and Michael Spinks in June.

1989

Tyson scored TKOs to remain the undisputed world heavyweight title holder in 1989.

  • Feb. 25 - Frank Bruno, Las Vegas, TKO 5
  • July 21 - Carl Williams, Atlantic City, N.J., TKO 1

The 1990s - Prison and Comeback

After dominating the late 1980s, Tyson lost the world heavyweight title early in 1990 when he was knocked out by James Douglas.

1990

  • Feb. 11 - James Douglas, Tokyo, KO by 10
  • June 16 - Henry Tillman, Las Vegas, KO 1
  • Dec. 8 - Alex Stewart, Atlantic City,  KO 1

1991

  • Mar. 18 - Donovan Ruddock, Las Vegas, TKO 7
  • June 28 - Donovan Ruddock, Las Vegas, W 12

1995

After serving a three-year prison sentence for rape, Tyson made a comeback, winning an August bout against Peter McNeeley when, Wikipedia notes, "McNeeley was disqualified after his manager Vinnie Vecchione stepped into the ring to stop his fighter from taking any more punishment" after he had been knocked down twice in the first round.

  • Aug. 19 - Peter McNeeley, Las Vegas, W DSQ 1
  • Dec. 16 - Buster Mathis, Jr., Philadelphia, KO 3

1996

Tyson won back the WBC title in March and the WBA belt in September. But, he lost the WBA title in a bout with Evander Holyfield in November.

  • March 16 - Frank Bruno, Las Vegas, TKO 3
  • Sept. 7 - Bruce Seldon, Las Vegas, TKO 1
  • Nov. 9 - Evander Holyfield, Las Vegas, TKO by 11

1997

Tyson was disqualified and lost in his attempt to retake the WBA title when he infamously bit off part of Evander Holyfield's ear in the third round of their June bout.

  • June 28 - Evander Holyfield, Las Vegas, L DQ 3

1999

  • Jan. 16 - Francois Botha, Las Vegas, KO 5
  • Oct. 23 - Orlin Norris, Las Vegas, NC 1

The 2000s - Troubles Continue

Tyson notched a few wins in the early 2000s, but he was also knocked out by several opponents early in the decade.

2000

  • Jan. 29 - Julius Francis, Manchester, England, TKO 2
  • June 24 -Lou Savarese, Glasgow, Scotland, TKO 1
  • Oct. 20 - Andrew Golota, Detroit, NC 3

2001

  • Oct. 13 - Brian Nielsen, Copenhagen, Denmark, TKO 7

2002

Tyson was well past his prime when he fought -- and was knocked out by -- Lennox Lewis in a challenge for the WBC and IBF crowns. 

2003

  • Feb. 22 - Clifford Etienne, Memphis, KO 1

2004

  • July 30 - Danny Williams, Louisville, Kentucky, KO by 4

2005

Referee Joe Cortez stopped Tyson's fight against Kevin McBride when Tyson didn't come out for the seventh round. It was Tyson's last fight -- he announced his retirement after the bout.

  • June 11 - Kevin McBride, Washington, D.C., TKO by 6