“I refuse to be hurt, knocked down and knocked out, I can’t lose, I refuse to lose.” These are the words that shaped Mike Tyson’s early career.
When he stepped into the ring with that indomitable spirit, he rewrote his gritty past and stepped into the hearts of boxing fans worldwide.
On Nov. 22, 1986, age 20, in the space of five minutes he felled the 33-year-old Jamaican Trevor Berbick to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history.
Speaking to a sports commentator after the fight, which was held at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Tyson likened the blows he dispensed to Berbick that night as similar to hydrogen bombs.
Tyson maintained this impressive title for nine more bouts until he fought Buster Douglas in 1990; a fight that marked the beginning of the end of what was a fairytale career.
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