Mike Tyson best fights: Watch Iron Mike’s most iconic bouts ahead of boxing return

Absolutely anyone can watch some of Tyson’s most memorable bouts before his return against Roy Jones Jr on BT Sport Box Office.

By Tim Williams Published: 25 November 2020 - 4.11pm

Mike Tyson makes a sensational return to boxing against Roy Jones Jr on Saturday 28 November and ahead of his eagerly awaited comeback absolutely anyone can watch some of Iron Mike’s most iconic fights right here with BT Sport.

From becoming the youngest ever world champion to unbelievably losing his crown in Tokyo, you can relive some of the most memorable moments in the career of The Baddest Man on the Planet.

So settle in, take a trip down memory lane and whet your appetite ahead of the return of one of the most legendary boxers of all time.

And as if that isn’t enough, Tyson vs Jones Jr rounds off an incredible night of heavyweight boxing on BT Sport as it will follow the huge domestic clash between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce.

Tyson vs Jones Jr

The iconic Mike Tyson returns to the ring to face four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr. Watch exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office from 1am on Saturday 28 November.

Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield

Tyson and Holyfield fought twice in two of the most iconic heavyweight fights of all time
Tyson and Holyfield fought twice in two of the most iconic heavyweight fights of all time

Tyson came out second best in one of the most notorious fights in history against Evander Holyfield.

The pair had fought seven months earlier in Las Vegas when challenger Holyfield upset the odds to stop Tyson in the eleventh round after knocking him down in the sixth.

The rematch, billed as ‘The Sound and the Fury’, took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in June 1987 and it ended in bizarre fashion after Tyson was disqualified for biting off part of Holyfield’s ear.

Tyson’s boxing license was revoked by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in the wake of the bout and he was fined $3 million.

Mike Tyson vs James “Buster” Douglas

In one of the most shocking upsets in sporting history, Tyson was knocked out by 42/1 underdog Buster Douglas in Tokyo, Japan.

Tyson was the undefeated and undisputed heavyweight champion of the world prior to the contest and a huge favourite going into the fight.

However, an inspired Douglas took the fight to Tyson and knocked out the heavyweight king in the tenth round.

The fight is also the subject of a 30 for 30 documentary 42 to 1 which you can watch on btsport.com and the BT Sport app.

Mike Tyson vs Frank Bruno

Tyson took on popular British heavyweight Frank Bruno in February 1989 for the WBA, WBC, IBF and lineal heavyweight championships.

The fight was proposed to take place at Wembley Stadium, but was shifted to the United States as a result of Tyson’s personal problems.

The contest got off to a fast start and the British challenger had some success in the opening exchanges, but Tyson quickly asserted himself and the bout was stopped in the fifth round.

Tyson fought once more in 1989 against Carl Williams, before his infamous match-up with Buster Douglas in 1990. 

Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks

One of Tyson’s greatest victories came against Michael Spinks in 1988.

Both fighters were undefeated going into the fight and both claimed to be the greatest active heavyweight. Tyson held all three of the recognised titles while Spinks was considered the lineal champion and was considered the pre-eminent fighter of the day by Ring Magazine.

In an explosive opening round, Tyson hounded Spinks from the opening bell and floored his opponent twice in an astonishing display of brute power.

Spinks was unable to meet the count after the second knockdown and Tyson was declared the winner.

Mike Tyson vs Larry Holmes

Tyson dismantled former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes in January 1988, winning by TKO in the fourth round.

38-year-old Holmes has been out of boxing for two years, having retired after successive defeats to Michael Spinks, but he agreed to return to face Tyson a hugely anticipated bout in Atlantic City.

“They stole my title, and I had to come back,” were the words of Holmes when he signed for the fight but it was another convincing win for Tyson who continued to dominate the heavyweight division.

Mike Tyson vs Trevor Berbick

Tyson became the youngest ever heavyweight champion of all time after he knocked out Trevor Berbick in 1986.

Tyson dominated Berbick from the opening bell, picking up the victory by way of second-round TKO when the referee waved off the contest.

It was another example of Tyson’s brutal punch power and his crowning glory in Las Vegas, Nevada was one of many defining nights in his storied career.

Mike Tyson vs Marvis Frazier

The quickest knockout of Tyson’s career came when he blasted out Marvis Frazier in only 30 seconds in 1986.

Ranked at number two on the WBC heavyweight rankings, Tyson met Marvis Frazier, son of former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier in Glen Falls, New York.

Frazier was helpless in the face of Tyson’s incessant pressure and was rendered unconscious when he walked on to a ferocious uppercut in the first round.

Mike Tyson vs Mark Young

Tyson’s inexorable march towards a world title continued with another early KO against Mark Young in New York in 1985.

Young was floored 50 seconds into the first round after a vicious punch from Tyson looked like it only grazed his opponent’s chin.

It was another comfortable evening for the heavyweight force that seemed destined for the very top.

Mike Tyson vs Donnie Long

Tyson dispatched of Donnie Long with consummate ease in his ninth fight in 1985.

After knocking him down with a perfectly executed left hand, Tyson stepped on the gas and produced a wonderful set of combinations to overwhelm his overmatched opponent.

The referee waved off the contest when Tyson floored Long for the third time with another glorious left hand.

Mike Tyson returns to the ring against Roy Jones Jr on Saturday 28 November on BT Sport Box Office.