(Props: The Rumble)
What do you say we take a break from talking about fights that aren’t happening and discuss one that did? Twenty years ago today, back when MMA was still in the Vale Tudo dark ages, possibly the greatest boxing upset of all time went down in Tokyo, Japan. Unheralded and often lazy heavyweight Buster Douglas became the first pro boxer to beat the seemingly invincible Mike Tyson via tenth round knockout.
Tyson actually came into this bout a 42-1 favorite, but a combination of failing to take the fight and his training seriously enough, along with indulgences in what one sportswriter termed Tyson’s "ravenous heterosexuality," helped turn him into a fraction of the fighter he usually was.
Those of you who actually like to read books and stuff might want to check out Joe Layden’s "The Last Great Fight" for an interesting examination of what happened before and after that night. Those of you who only read the internet can just check out Douglas’s take on things now that he’s had twenty years to think about it.