Game Film: Mike Tyson’s 1986 Fights (Part One)

1986 wound up becoming a triumphant year for Mike Tyson. After starting the year 15-0, unranked, and roughly only two months removed from Cus D’Amato’s passing, he ended the year 28-0 while winning the WBC heavyweight championship, becoming the youngest man to become heavyweight champ in the process. Unlike ’85, Tyson didn’t gift us the benefit of being able to split all his bouts for the year into two articles. You’ll notice Tyson’s next three opponents all conveniently added up to 12 total rounds, giving me an easy cut-off point for this article. However, that won’t always be true when covering this year of Tyson’s career, and unfortunately, it drags out the number of essays required since we’re covering fewer bouts per article. Enjoy the ride; we’ll be here for a while.

David Jaco – January 11th, 1986

Tyson didn’t wait long before starting the new year against David Jaco. Jaco was a journeyman with a 19-5 record heading into this fight, including a notable win over Donovan “Razor” Ruddock in April 1985. However, he also suffered two consecutive KO/TKO losses to Pierre Coetzer and Tony Tucker in July and November. Jaco, to his credit, was a journeyman who had beaten lower-caliber boxers and boxed title contenders before and after this fight but ended his career with a 24-25-1 record. In Tyson’s fourth and final bout at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center and the only time he wore a pair of light cyan trunks with azure trim, he came out determined to put Jaco down quickly.

The pair met in the center of the ring and exchanged jabs, neither connecting, but Jaco had to block it while Tyson slipped it effectively. Jaco followed up with a hook but, Tyson ducked it, so Jaco stood and circled Tyson, staying a bit flat-footed as he jabbed away at Tyson. Tyson responded by evading the jab and hitting Jaco with a straight right that wobbled him back ten seconds into the fight. Tyson missed the first attempt he threw, but he quickly got the timing down in that split-second as he then followed up the straight right by stepping forward and landing a big right hook on Jaco’s jaw that further knocked him back into the ring corner. Jaco quickly grabbed on for dear life and created some extra distance between the two after the referee breakage, but Tyson was quick to make up the distance, slip another jab, and land two right hooks on Jaco’s body that forced him to clinch Tyson once more. However, Jaco wasn’t content to hold on this time, as he initiated some inside boxing with an uppercut, but Tyson absorbed it well enough as he quickly held Jaco’s arms in place and forced the taller man to shove him away.

Jaco was unwilling to press forward, so Tyson seemingly sprang off the balls of his feet to swing a right hook at Jaco’s head, which quickly made him throw his guard up and step back, taking a left hook to the face for his troubles. Jaco’s head snapped back as he bounced into the ring corner and received uppercuts to the body, but proving his resilience, Jaco threw out an uppercut and a hook while Tyson was inside, but he missed both and clinched yet again. Jaco circled Tyson around so that he was now in the ring corner, and Tyson seemed content to let him do so as he continuously moved his head around and slipped all of Jaco’s jabs. With Jaco on the back foot and missing, Tyson seized the opportunity and pounced inside with a big left hook that landed on Jaco’s chin, snapping his head back and making him stumble backward as well. Now reset in the center of the ring with Jaco cut-off to another ring corner, Tyson rushed in with alternating hooks, clipping him with his left before connecting on a right-handed uppercut on a ducking Jaco. Jaco clinched, got a referee breakage, and tried exchanging with Tyson near his corner but missed a jab and received a jab and a right hook before he could even throw a follow-up punch or throw his guard up; he tried both instead and accomplished neither.

Up against the ropes in his corner, Jaco connected a straight right on a crouching Tyson’s forehead, doing no damage as Tyson sprang up and unloaded a full torque left hook square on Jaco’s jaw, dropping him to the canvas. Jaco was back on his feet at the count of six, and when the two squared up again after the knockdown, Tyson quickly sprung inside only for Jaco to clinch him around the head after missing a hook. Tyson landed a right hook on the side of Jaco’s face, forcing the taller fighter to throw an uppercut, but Tyson’s response uppercut made Jaco decide to instead tighten his hold around Tyson’s head. Instead of a referee breakage, Tyson exploded with a furious combination of hooks to the body and leveraged Jaco’s weight forward to land a right hook on his temple. Jaco let go, backed up towards the nearby ring corner, and missed a handful of straight punches as Tyson contorted his torso around to evade. Tyson then delivered another left hook that clipped Jaco on the temple and saw him fall forward and land between Tyson’s legs.

Jaco shot up to his feet at the count of 10, and surprisingly, the referee allowed him to continue boxing. Jaco showed durability and grit in this bout, as he lasted another 46 seconds. Unfortunately, he spent the first 12 seconds trying to tie Tyson up and throw uppercuts from the clinch but ended up on the receiving end of vicious uppercuts to both his body and head instead. After another referee breakage, the pair circled each other and continued boxing from the clinch until one last referee breakage saw them reset near the center of the ring, where Tyson rushed forward and missed a wide left hook. Jaco jumped back to evade the punch, bounced off the ropes, perhaps unexpectedly, and tried ducking, throwing a right hook, and maneuvering to his right simultaneously. This combination of events saw Jaco fall over as Tyson ducked his hook and possibly landed a left uppercut on Jaco’s body, which would’ve contributed to him losing his balance. It’s hard to tell due to the camera angle, but it’s clear the punch didn’t land with great force, if it even did at all, as it looked like Tyson pulled the punch since Jaco was already off-balance as it was. Regardless, the three-knockdown rule was in effect; despite Jaco’s alleged arguing1 over the call, stating later2 in interviews he only remembers being knocked down twice, Tyson was declared the winner by TKO.

Mike Jameson – January 24th, 1986

In his third and penultimate fight at Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Tyson donned his black trunks and went against “Irish” Mike Jameson for his final scheduled eight-round bout. Jameson was 14-9 but announced as 17-9, a bonafide journeyman from San Diego, California; not expected to present any problems for Tyson. However, Jameson proved to be craftier than Tyson’s previous opponents, staying light on his feet, moving around, and keeping Tyson at a distance. Tyson remained poised and cut off Jameson’s angles, trapping him near Tyson’s corner and throwing off Jameson’s timing with head fakes. Jameson decided to fire off a straight right that Tyson mostly rolled and countered with a stiff uppercut to a ducking Jameson. Jameson tied Tyson up, and that became the running theme of the round, as Jameson would continuously move around the ring and force Tyson to chase him.

Tyson obliged him, slipping past his jabs and continuously landing uppercuts to the body and slipping a few up through Jameson’s guard and snapping his head back. Jameson continued clinching, missing punches and absorbing crushing body blows that were visibly winding him. He began holding much more frequently after the first minute-and-a-half and began only attacking with punches to the body while clinched with Tyson for the remainder of the round. Tyson was getting frustrated and asking the referee to break up the holding; even the referee had to tell Jameson to be more active around the two-minute mark. Tyson continued his assault, opening up with a couple of heavy combinations of hooks and uppercuts around the two-and-a-half minute mark and the end of the round. Jameson was not deducted a point by the referee for excessive holding, so I won’t either, but that certainly was a dominant 10-9 round in favor of Tyson.

Round 2 began with Jameson throwing a left hook at Tyson that landed despite Tyson getting his guard up to absorb most of it, but Tyson’s responding left hook clipped Jameson on the chin and staggered him against the ropes. Jameson put his shoulder down and charged forward, forcing a clinch and a referee breakage that led to Tyson opening up with another combination of hooks that forced Jameson to cover up and back away to the ropes. Jameson absorbed a few hits but then made Tyson miss one and quickly pivoted to be the one placing Tyson in the corner, where Jameson then threw out a trio of largely ineffective hooks. Tyson halted his momentum with a jab to force Jameson’s guard up but couldn’t capitalize as Jameson stood in front of Tyson and blocked his jab, waited for Tyson to move inside, and then caught him on the temple with a right hook as he did. Tyson took it well enough, tucking his arms in so the top of his gloves were just below his eyes in his signature peek-a-boo style and remaining directly in front of Jameson, who, you guessed it, decided to clinch.

After those opening 30 seconds, Jameson became a sponge for damage as Tyson continued working his way inside and delivering brutal blows to the body and sneaking uppercuts through Jameson’s guard and clinch. Eventually, those uppercuts opened a cut above Jameson’s eye around 45 seconds into the round; other than a three-punch combination that missed while leaning against the ropes at the minute and ten-second mark of the round, Jameson mounted no offense. He was winded and continued covering up and attempting to weave around as Tyson stayed in front of him, jabbing and landing big shots, which led to more clinching and referee breakages. However, even when Jameson appeared to get a second wind and started moving around as he did during the initial seconds of round one, Tyson was able to block a jab and catch him on his back foot with a big left hook that staggered Jameson into a ring corner. Jameson covered up, received a couple more punches, and then clinched. The final minute saw a visibly winded and bloody Jameson hold onto Tyson and gasp for air between referee breakages as he received further heavy blows and stagger across the ring; another 10-9 round for Tyson.

Round 3 began with Jameson attempting offense but was largely ineffective as Tyson slipped and missed a hook of his own to back Jameson up against the ropes. Jameson connected more with his jab as he began using it more frequently early in this round, but Tyson remained poised, picked his spots, and landed the tighter punches. Jameson already clinched twice this round and probably would have again around the 50-second mark when Tyson backed him into his ring corner before landing a low blow on Jameson. Jameson was quick to let everyone know, and the referee did warn Tyson but did not penalize him, and the two boxers even touched gloves in a show of good faith. Jameson then changed his plan slightly as he put together a four-punch combination trying to catch Tyson in the middle of his ducking punches, but received a short, stiff right hook to the jaw for his troubles and again tied Tyson up.

It was clear Jameson didn’t have what it took to pressure Tyson anymore, as he began sucking in air after the clinch and went back to his patented strategy of covering up and clinching. The remaining 50 seconds consisted mainly of Tyson landing tough body shots, Jameson constantly covering up instead of throwing punches, and four clinches by Jameson to suppress Tyson’s explosive offense. The bell rang out at the two-minute mark of the round, which meant the round accidentally was shortened by a full minute but considering Jameson had thrown only seven jabs in the last 50 seconds of the round, it’s safe to assume the audience wasn’t missing out on Jameson mounting a comeback in the final minute of the round. Despite the low blow and the round’s short length, it was another clear 10-9 round in favor of Tyson.

Jameson was only the second opponent who made it to round four against Tyson; however, unlike the Halpin bout that was primarily an excuse to get Tyson some live ring work in, Jameson had been surviving a beating. The two tied up to start the round, where they wasted some time exchanging solitary punches from the clinch before the referee broke it up and warned Jameson for what he perceived as an attempt at an intentional headbutt. Jameson continued applying this plan throughout the opening minute of the round, dancing around the ring, snapping out his jab, and placing his forehead up against Tyson’s whenever he clinched the approaching Tyson. The referee broke it up and gave Jameson a further warning to stop holding around the one-minute mark, and that’s when Tyson was able to land a jab and quickly cover the distance inside and land a straight right. Jameson tried throwing a counter right hook as Tyson stepped inside, but the punch went around Tyson’s head and likely did little if any damage. Jameson covered up and tried escaping back towards Tyson’s corner, but Tyson stayed in front of Jameson and picked his defense apart with vicious alternating hooks to the body before sneaking a right hook through Jameson’s guard upstairs, wobbling the bigger man, and then connecting on two left uppercuts through Jameson’s guard that put him down.

Jameson received the mandatory standing eight count after getting to his feet by the count of four, and the knockdown seemingly reinvigorated him. He tied Tyson up immediately but began throwing punches to the body from the clinch and even landed one on Tyson’s chin, but it didn’t last long before it devolved into holding, and the referee broke it up. The remainder of the round was incredibly one-sided and repetitive, as Jameson continued his strategy of covering up and clinching as Tyson was content to reset, get inside, and unleash brutal hooks and uppercuts to Jameson’s body and head. It was a 10-8 round for Tyson, meaning Jameson had officially survived longer than any previous Tyson opponent to this point, partially due to the abrupt end of the third round. It’s impossible to claim Tyson would have ended the bout in the fourth round had the third round been given the proper length, but since he knocked Jameson down in the opening minute of round four and then finished the fight less than a minute into round five, it’s safe to speculate Tyson would have gotten that knockdown at the end of round three and then finished it in round four if everything had gone as planned.

Jameson started round five by moving around the ring and keeping Tyson at the end of his jab. Tyson was slipping and blocking his punches before disrupting his rhythm with a quick left hook that forced Jameson to back up into a ring corner and cover-up. Tyson set up his combination with a jab to Jameson’s guard and began to throw hooks at Jameson’s body but altered his punch angle and landed a big right hook on Jameson’s temple as the bigger man tried repositioning himself for another clinch. Jameson dropped to his knees as Tyson missed a right uppercut; even though Jameson made it to his feet by the count of five and insisted on continuing the bout, the referee called a stop to the contest and awarded Tyson a fifth-round TKO victory. Perhaps Jameson was speaking incoherently or had glassy eyes; it mattered little as nobody was going to protest the stoppage due to Jameson’s holding making the fight rather lackluster, as Tyson himself said during the post-fight interview.

Jesse Ferguson – February 16th, 1986

Jesse Ferguson was 14-1 heading3 into this bout with Tyson, with the one loss coming by TKO in the tenth round of his August ’85 bout against then-rumored future Tyson opponent, Carl “The Truth” Williams. Ferguson rebounded with a ten-round unanimous decision over Oscar Holman the same day Tyson knocked out David Jaco. However, I emphasize the loss to Williams because the announcers kept alluding to Tyson’s upcoming bout in February against Williams during his previous fight before Tyson told them he was instead facing Ferguson during the post-fight interview. Tyson and Williams eventually fought in 1989 when Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but that Tyson avoided Williams for three years adds credence to the careful mapping4 out of Tyson’s career.

Tyson started fast, staying energetic in his crouch as he slipped Ferguson’s jab and stepped inside to back him into a ring corner and unload a series of left uppercuts to the body. Ferguson attempted to cover up and throw a punch of his own, but Tyson slipped it again, stayed in front of him, and continued the assault. Ferguson shifted to his right, but Tyson was like a shadow, moving in line with him and pinning him against the ropes as he continued unloading. Ferguson did land a left hook on Tyson’s temple and landed a strong jab on his chin as Tyson attempted a wide counter left, which disrupted Tyson’s offense. However, the next 35 seconds would see Tyson remain in front of Ferguson and bully his way inside his guard to deliver brutal left uppercuts to the chin and land patient, crushing hooks to the body. The two would tie up and force a referee breakage with two minutes remaining in the round; Tyson continued dominating the next 30 seconds as he slipped all of Ferguson’s punches and landed a heavy uppercut and hook on Ferguson’s chin and hooks to his body. Ferguson did land an uppercut as the two grappled in the clinch, forcing the referee to break it up with just over a minute remaining in the round.

Despite Ferguson’s attempts at keeping Tyson at jab distance, Tyson successfully backed Ferguson against the ropes once more. Boxers were too afraid of blocking or evading Tyson’s hooks, and he was always able to effectively cover the distance between him and his opponent with them and get inside during this stage of his career. This strategy controlled Ferguson’s output tremendously; unable to get going and do anything other than throw retreating punches and land shots from the clinch. Tyson picked Ferguson apart, landing more hooks on his chin as Ferguson tried backing up and throwing hooks on an evading Tyson, who was quite precise with his counter strikes. Ferguson did land one solid left hook on Tyson during a barrage of desperate punches around the 30-second mark; Tyson evaded the majority and got inside to force a clinch from Ferguson. The remaining 20 seconds largely resembled the opening seconds, so it was a clear 10-9 round in favor of Tyson.

The opening seconds of round two saw a quick tie-up between the two that flipped their positions in the ring, and Tyson quickly backed Ferguson against the ropes near his corner. Tyson worked his jab almost as an offensive-defensive measure, simultaneously disrupting Ferguson’s jab and applying pressure as he cut off the ring from Ferguson and continued working inside and landing big shots on Ferguson’s body as he tried to get through his guard. They spent roughly 50 seconds fighting against the ropes, with Ferguson able to land some punches on Tyson’s chin, but Tyson was overwhelming Ferguson with heavier and more consistent shots. Tyson evaded the majority of Ferguson’s attempted strikes, who eventually clinched around the one-minute and ten-second mark to stave off Tyson’s pressure. Ferguson sat back and jabbed Tyson, but Tyson switched the plan on the fly and remained in Ferguson’s distance, evading the jab before stepping in to deliver punishing counter hooks to the body. Ferguson covered up, and once again, Tyson had him against the ropes, where the two briefly engaged in some inside fighting.

After securing another 10-9 round, Tyson came out incredibly poised at the start of round three. Tyson snapped out a jab and then backed up rather than his usual gameplan of constantly applying pressure. Tyson got back into range, continuously moved his head, jabbed again, and made Ferguson miss a jab of his own before snapping off a quick wincing right hook on Ferguson’s temple. Ferguson bounced off the ropes but quickly regained his composure, but Tyson did not pounce on his opponent as he usually would. Instead, Tyson waited from a distance and calmly approached him as Ferguson initiated another clinch. The referee mercifully broke it up before it delved into another near-minute of inside fighting. To Tyson’s credit, he attempted to box Ferguson from his jab range to avoid the excessive clinching, but Ferguson was fighting far too passively for Tyson to find any openings through that route. Ferguson backed away from Tyson’s jabs until he eventually backed himself into the ropes and covered up, forcing Tyson to engage in inside fighting once more.

Both men landed uppercuts through the others’ guard, and Ferguson began landing more punches as he was being forced further into the ring corner. Tyson was moving his head around but, Ferguson was still managing to land shots on Tyson upstairs in-between moments of Tyson’s attempted evasions and the two locking foreheads and trading potential combination-starting body shots. However, around the one-minute mark, Tyson opened up with an explosive combination of hooks that forced Ferguson to cover up. The remainder of the round saw Ferguson practically latch himself onto Tyson, as even after a referee breakage, he grabbed Tyson’s arms, and the two walked across the ring, throwing single body shots at a time. Ferguson did land a couple of strong right uppercuts during a stretch of inside fighting against the ropes around the minute-and-a-half mark; however, Tyson landed several strong combinations and heavier shots in the round while evading Ferguson’s strikes that weren’t a result of inside fighting.

The referee warned Ferguson for holding Tyson around the back of the neck during a clinch with around 50 seconds to go in the round; since he mounted no real offense while receiving brutal punishment from Tyson, it meant Tyson was already up 30-27 on the scorecards heading into round four. Realizing his difficult situation must have stirred something in Ferguson as he began showing much more passion in this round. Ferguson and Tyson exchanged jabs in the center of the ring, staying energetic in their crouches as Ferguson took the bait and threw a straight right. Tyson slipped it and delivered another hook to the body, but this was too low for Ferguson’s liking as he clinched and began complaining to the referee. In Ferguson’s defense, Tyson had delivered quite a few punches to the body that looked a bit too low in nearly every round prior, but Ferguson should have been more active if he didn’t want to receive shots downstairs all fight.

Ferguson finally started opening up his offense, throwing two stiff hooks at Tyson’s temple that he managed to block, but Ferguson remained active, catching Tyson twice with his jab. Ferguson was moving his head around much like Tyson himself, but the moment Tyson sprang forward with a double jab, Ferguson backed up and then rushed forward with a ducking jab to the body and began holding once more. He then locked his arms around Tyson’s and pinned them to his sides while he got right into Tyson’s face with a few fiery words exchanged. The referee broke it up and warned Ferguson not to headbutt Tyson; then quickly broke up another clinch and told Ferguson to be more active. Ferguson obliged, or at least attempted to since his six-punch combination of jabs and straights missed as Tyson slipped his way inside and pinned him against the ropes once more.

The crowd began booing with a minute and 40 seconds left in the round after the referee broke up another long stretch of inside fighting, and it’s hard to disagree with the crowd’s reaction to the bout so far. Ferguson began snapping out his jab multiple times and pivoting as Tyson tried to slip inside, which resulted in Ferguson clipping Tyson with a left hook as the two clinched up once more. The referee warned Ferguson not to hold Tyson around the back of his head after another quick flurry between the two resulted in yet another clinch. Tyson’s head movement started getting the better of Ferguson’s jab, however, as Tyson landed two solid alternating hooks to the body before the two clinched again. The remaining minute consisted of long stretches of holding and Tyson landing a trio of hooks on Ferguson’s body. The real action came after the bell rang, as Ferguson threw a punch that Tyson ducked and responded with a missed hook and a straight right of his own as the referee got between the two, and Ferguson’s trainer pulled him back to his corner.

Ferguson undoubtedly made his presence more known in round four, but I’d still score that a 10-9 round in Tyson’s favor. Tyson was still the aggressor as Ferguson fought defensively to find small openings where he could, but still mainly relied on holding and inside fighting with Tyson. Ferguson came out in round five throwing out his jab and circling Tyson, who was content with staying in the center of the ring and swaying his head around to evade the punches. Occasionally Tyson would throw out a jab to slightly pressure Ferguson or disrupt Ferguson’s jab; however, the first 40 seconds were all Ferguson as he threw out a few combinations of jabs and straights on Tyson before he could get inside and tie up with Ferguson. Tyson responded by bullying Ferguson into a nearby ring corner; the two engaged in more inside fighting until Tyson recorded a knockdown with a brutal right uppercut at the two-minute and three-second mark of the bout. Ferguson landed several short hooks upstairs on Tyson, but he landed more than his fair share of heavier hooks and uppercuts both upstairs and downstairs, as the uppercut that put him down also broke Ferguson’s nose.

Remarkably, Ferguson started getting up at the count of eight and made it to his feet by nine, and then survived the remaining 48 seconds as he scrambled around the ring. Ferguson’s nose was bloody, and he was struggling to keep his guard up as Tyson stalked him down and continued delivering heavy hooks and uppercuts upstairs and downstairs, but he did last to the end of the round; 10-8 in Tyson’s favor, in case you were wondering. Despite going further than any previous Tyson opponent, Ferguson continued fighting off the back foot as Tyson slipped all his jabs during Ferguson’s initial barrage of the opening seconds of round six. Backed up into the ropes once more, Ferguson clinched and then tried boxing from outside with Tyson after the referee breakage, but Tyson partially blocked a left hook, made him miss the follow-up left hook, and then clipped Ferguson on the chin with a wide left hook. Ferguson began holding Tyson as he backed into another set of ropes and forced the referee to pry them apart. He immediately did it again, and then after receiving a combination of hooks and uppercuts as he struggled to cover himself up, Ferguson leaned against the ropes and held onto Tyson, forcing the referee to pry them apart again. Tyson tried rushing forward and throwing heavy shots, but Ferguson held onto him and refused to let go for over 15 seconds yet again; the referee forcefully separated the two and disqualified Ferguson at the one-minute and 19-second mark of the round.

Although it was initially declared a disqualification win, the referee immediately changed the result to a TKO victory, stating Ferguson’s eyes looked glassy and incoherent during the post-fight interview. It wasn’t reported that way in the papers5 the following day, with the result being described more as a TKO where the ref stepped in and stopped the bout due to Ferguson being too battered to continue. Rumors persist that Tyson’s manager, Jimmy Jacobs, and HBA East, one of Tyson’s handful of promoters6 at the time, argued for the decision to be changed to a TKO to keep Tyson’s KO/TKO streak intact. Considering Tyson was on the second fight of a four-fight contract with ABC, why wouldn’t the New York State Athletic Commission change the result into a TKO? It’s best to continue generating revenue and interest in the upcoming prospect as he makes his way up the ranks after all. However, once one considers that the referee almost stepped in to stop the fight shortly before the excessive holding that led to the initial disqualification, and the fact that Ferguson had nothing to respond to Tyson with, it makes arguing against the changed result a moot point.

Final Analysis

Of course, we’re not remotely close to finishing the year, so as in the first part of my coverage of Tyson’s ’85 fights, there’ll be no actual final analysis. It’ll be a while before we get to the final analysis of 1986, so I’ll instead briefly state Tyson was showing more composure in these early months of ’86. He made his first appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated on its January 6th, 1986 edition of the magazine, with the headline reading “Kid Dynamite.” It’s ironic then that Jaco was the only opponent who would go down in round one against Tyson during this period, as Tyson wouldn’t record another KO/TKO victory in two rounds or less until June. Regardless, his explosive power and elusive head movement made him well deserving of the nickname Kid Dynamite, even if he never used it for his introductions.

Editor’s Notes

  1. The Blade – 8/12/2011 – Oregon native has a story to tell
  2. Either Jaco is stating he was out on his feet after the second knockdown and doesn’t remember the fight clearly, or is implying the third knockdown was a slippage. Either way, he was paid $5,000 for the job, moved to Florida, and provided a better financial future for his children.
  3. Billed as 15-1 on the poster
  4. Bad Left Hook – 5/22/2020 – A look back at the destruction of young Mike Tyson with matchmaker Ron Katz
  5. The New York Times – 2/17/1986 – ANOTHER KNOCKOUT FOR TYSON
  6. BoxRec – Tyson vs. Ferguson poster

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