• July 25, 2024

In the boxing match between Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas, Tyson emerged victorious with an emphatic knockout.

In February 1990, Mike Tyson’s match against James “Buster” Douglas resulted in Tyson’s first recorded loss, according to official records. However, upon closer examination, some aspects of the fight raise questions about the outcome.

During the eighth round of the match, there was controversy surrounding a “slow count” by the referee, Octavio Meyran, which affected the narrative of what would become the sport’s most significant upset. Towards the end of the round, Tyson successfully knocked down Douglas, but the referee began counting in a notably lenient manner.

Ordinarily, by the time Meyran reached the first few numbers of the count, three or four seconds would have passed, potentially resulting in a knockout for Douglas. However, thirteen seconds elapsed before the bell intervened, effectively saving Douglas from being counted out. This sequence of events suggests that Tyson should have retained his title then and there.

Unfortunately for Tyson, he endured a significant number of counterattacks, ultimately impacting his performance in the tenth round when Douglas successfully knocked him down. With a thirteen-second count, Douglas secured the unexpected victory, catapulting him to widespread recognition.


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It was unfortunate for Tyson’s dominant reign to come to an end, but his lifestyle beyond the boxing ring suggested that this outcome was only a matter of time.

However, it seems unlikely that Douglas should have been the one to accomplish it. Perhaps Tyson’s first loss would have occurred after his release from prison.

On February 12th, 1990, Mike Tyson woke up as the undefeated heavyweight champion with an impressive record of 38-0. The actions of Meyran, the referee, fell short of expectations, and he will never have to provide an explanation for how history was forever altered.

Feel free to watch the counts yourself to ascertain the true outcome of the fight. It is not difficult to determine.

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