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    Lennox Lewis beat Mike Tyson with an eighth-round knockout on this day in 2002.

    Victory at the Pyramid Stadium in Memphis saw Lewis retain his status as the undisputed WBC, IBF, IBO heavyweight champion.

    The fight had originally been scheduled for Las Vegas, but Nevada refused Tyson a license after he sparked a brawl at a New York press conference to publicise the event, biting Lewis’ leg amid the scuffle.

    Once the real fight got under way, Tyson started well and had the better of the opening round, getting in a powerful left hook to the jaw which left the Briton struggling. But the tide turned in the second round and Lewis inflicted a cut above his opponent’s right eye in the third, during which the American headbutted his opponent.



    Tyson went down in the fourth round but it was ruled a slip and Lewis was penalised for a push.

    Lewis eventually ended the bout in the eighth round with a heavy right-hander.

    The bout was the highest-grossing event in pay-per-view history at the time, bringing in 106.9million US dollars.

    Though Lewis retained his titles, within a month he would lose his IBF crown after declining to face mandatory challenger Chris Byrd.

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    German boxer Max Schmeling beats Jack Sharkey by disqualification in 4 rounds in NYC for vacant NBA, NYSAC, The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles; first time title won on a foul

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    British boxer Danny Williams knocked out Mike Tyson

    British fighter Danny Williams caused one of the biggest upsets in boxing history when he knocked out Mike Tyson in Louisville.

    Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Tyson was left on the canvas towards the end of the fourth round in what proved to be the penultimate fight of his career.

    It was only the fifth time the 38-year-old had been beaten.

    Londoner Williams, a 9-1 outsider who was largely written off before the fight in Kentucky, said: “This is the greatest feeling in the world and by far my biggest moment in boxing.


    “I proved people wrong – they have to take me seriously now.”

    Tyson began well, landing a couple of heavy blows, but later had no answer to his 31-year-old opponent.

    According to the American’s manager, Shelly Finkel, he tore a ligament in his left knee during the bout and became unable to throw meaningful right-handed punches.

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    Tyson announced his retirement the following year after failing to appear for the seventh round of his fight with Irishman Kevin McBride in Washington DC.
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    Crazy to think Williams was still 15 long years from bowing out for good. I'm a bit fuzzy but what was the story behind he and Tyson fighting in Kentucky of all places. You see what's going on today with Mike about to gimmick PPV and there he was with some dime store promotion company and 2,3 fights down on a Showtime card. Weird how somethings always return in this back asswards sport.

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    On this day in 1927 – Gene Tunney and Jack Dempsey meet in Chicago rematch

    When Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney strode into the ring for an eagerly-anticipated re-match in September 1927, the sporting world held its breath.

    Some 40 minutes later, they emerged from a bruising encounter having written themselves into sporting folklore after a contest which ever since has been known as the “Long Count” fight.

    An estimated 150,000 packed into Soldier Field in Chicago to witness Dempsey’s attempt to regain the world heavyweight title he had surrendered to Tunney a year earlier in Philadelphia.



    The champion was out-boxed on that occasion and is later said to have told his wife, ‘Honey, I forgot to duck”.

    At 32, former firefighter Dempsey had learned his trade the hard way, competing in the saloons of mining towns in the West with his brawling style earning him the nickname “the Manassa Mauler”.

    By contrast 30-year-old Tunney, a veteran of the Marine Corps who served in the First World War – he was known as “the Fighting Marine” – was a cultured boxer and renowned ring tactician.

    For six rounds, the two men probed without real incident before in the seventh, Dempsey backed up a left hook to the jaw with a furry of blows which sent Tunney to the canvas for the first time in his career.

    However, rather than heading for a neutral corner, the challenger returned to his own, pursued by referee Dave Barry, who crucially did not start the count until the error had been rectified.

    Tunney eventually hauled himself up by the ropes with the count on nine, but around 14 seconds after he had gone down, and he somehow survived the remainder of the round before regrouping for the final three to claim a unanimous points victory.

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