The transcript below is from the video “Mike Tyson – The Hardest Puncher in Boxing Ever!” by The World of Boxing!.

Interviewer:

“In another preliminary, he’s been mentioned as a possible opponent.”

Mike Tyson:

“I take all comers. I don’t duck any man.”

Interviewer:

“Ah, can we assume that Michael Dokes is one of the price tags…”

Mike Tyson:

“All comers. Come one, come all. Because nobody can get close to me. They’re not even close. I’m the best fighter in the world.”

Announcer:

“Ladies and Gentlemen. Good evening…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“In the spring of 1985 one special young man had his debut fight. Back then, no one knew he was destined to become one of the most recognizable boxers in history, Mike Tyson. He broke into the ring, demolishing one opponent after another on his path. His youth, speed and powerful onslaught made his fight spectacular. In this episode, we will show you the destructive power, the lightning speed and the malicious aggression of the legendary, Mike Tyson.”

Mike Tyson:

“There’s never any doubts in my mind because I’m the best in the world. Even though a lot of you don’t like to hear it. It’s facts I’m the best. And I mean, I sometimes I don’t want to believe it myself but it’s the truth. I’m the best.”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mike Tyson versus Ricardo Spain. The fourth fight in Mike Tyson’s career took place on June 20th, 1985 at Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Announcer:

“Mike Tyson’s fourth fight. This time not…Mike Tyson…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“After a series of twelve unanswered strikes by Tyson, Spain tried to mount a comeback with a clinch. In an instant, Mike hits with the left hook, sending Spain to the deck.”

Announcer:

“Ricardo’s face has already found out. Boy that was quick. Boy that was fast. Boy that was…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Leaning on the ropes, Ricardo rose at the count of eight. As soon as the referee gave the command to continue the fight, both boxers went on the attack. Both missed their targets, but Mike Tyson was faster and immediately landed a left hook to Spain’s jaw. Ricardo’s knees bent which saved him from two more blows, but the referee stopped the bout.”

Announcer:

“Absolutely destroyed him. Well…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mike Tyson versus Michael Johnson. Mike’s eighth fight which took place on September 5th, 1985. The fight like most of young Tyson’s bouts did not last long. Only thirty-nine seconds.”

Announcer:

“Ah, there he goes. He’s just going to…Do you want to point out…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“After the first exchange of blows, and a powerful left hook to the liver, Johnson was knocked down to the floor of the ring.”

Announcer:

“Down he goes. The left hook just buried him. Buried him in the…and Mike…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“The referee counted and gave the command to continue. The fight quickly began again, and Tyson hit Jackson with a powerful right cross. Knocking him out.”

Announcer:

“Oh, my goodness…and he put it all there…I hope he is not hurt because that was a brutal wide-open punch. He did not have the stardom as Mike Tyson…just…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mike Tyson versus Robert Colay. The tenth fight in Mike Tyson’s career, took place on October 25th, 1985. At the Atlantis Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey. The scheduled eighth round match began quickly and ended just as quickly. All in the style of the young Mike Tyson. In the first round, Tyson crushed this taller opponent in just thirty-seven seconds. Taking him down with a powerful left hook.”

Announcer:

“One, two, three, four, five, six…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mike Tyson versus Eddie Richardson. The twelfth fight in the career of Mike Tyson took place on November 13th, 1985, in Houston, Texas.”

Announcer:

“Oh…by hand…Mike Tyson…oh my! First punch he throws!”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“There were a lot of spectators in the hall. Everyone got comfortable in anticipation of the next knock out, and the knockout came. One minute, seventeen seconds, into the first round. When Mike delivered a left hook to Eddie’s head.”

Announcer:

“…right through the canvas. Not only knocking him down but he also managed to carry him through the air. And it’s over. I see why now a major flaw in probably in Mike Tyson’s career, that’s going to have to be….”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mike Tyson versus David Jaco. The sixteenth fight in Mike Tyson’s career took place on January 11th, 1986. At the Plaza Convention Centre Albany in New York. Each time Tyson tried to develop a new attack, Jaco would resort to a clench. Apparently hoping to tire him. After one of these combinations, a strike landed on David’s head and he found himself knocked down into the corner of the ring. The blow was not too strong, and David found the strength to rise. Tyson as in previous battles immediately rushed to finish up his opponent moving like a pendulum in front of his discouraged rival, he throws out another left side strike and again puts David on the floor of the ring. Tyson himself probably tired of hitting so much seemed to slow down the fight now aiming for a single hit to end the match. Having missed a monstrous left hook, he immediately strikes with a right cross to Jaco’s head. David is back on the floor. The referee had no choice but to stop the fight. Due to the three-knockdown rule.

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

Mike Tyson versus William Hosea. After two ten round battles against James Tillis and Mitch Green, Tyson denied any skepticism that he lacked stamina. True, its worth noting that Hosea was just scared and quickly got knocked out. But this does not detract from the effectiveness of Tyson’s punches.

Announcer:

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The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“After a clinch, Mike catches William, on an oncoming right cross and tries to develop an attack by embarking on a powerful series. Most of the blows glanced. But from the sheer number and the heavy pace, Hosea falls to the floor of the ring.”

Announcer:

“Man Down! The crowd…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“He clearly was not eager to continue the fight and deliberately did not rise before the count of ten. The referee stopped the fight.”

Announcer:

“Well, I thought he did. Oh…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mike Tyson versus Lorenzo Boyd. The fight took place on July 11th, 1986, in Swan Lake, New York. This fight was one of a series of fights that Tyson held in the summer of 1986. Already on the outskirts of a battle for the championship title. Boyd, a normal average boxer, could not mount a serious resistance and as a result was knocked out in the second round. Entering close range, Boyd tries to break through Tyson’s defense but to no avail. Mike himself having waited a moment, inflicted a powerful right uppercut but the overshot missed. Tyson calmly walks up to him again and hits him with his crown right hook into Boyd’s core. And then followed with a right uppercut. Lorenzo falls to the ring floor.”

Announcer:

“The count of five, the count of six…the count of eight. He will not get up. It’s over. Show me what heavyweight throws punches that quick. Those were two right hands. One to the body and you snap your fingers it is turned into a…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mike Tyson versus Marvis Frazier. In July 1986, Mike met with Marvis Frazier, the son of the famous heavy weight champion, Joe Frazier. The son of the great Joe was far from being as strong as his father who was his coach and manager. What Joe was counting on by matching Marvis against Tyson is not entirely clear. But when watching the battle, it seems that the young Frazier was hit by a truck. At the beginning of the first round, Mike cornered the opponent and hit him with a right uppercut. Frazier was shocked. Tyson immediately carried out a series of strong blows. His enemy fell. The referee started the countdown but seeing that Frazier was lying insensibly, he stopped counting. It was a hard knockout. Frazier came to his senses in a few minutes. Tyson took only thirty seconds to knock out Frazier. This fight was the shortest in the professional career of ‘Iron’ Mike.”

Announcer:

“The first time we saw him…here on ABC sport…once he got the right uppercut…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mike Tyson versus Alfonzo Ratliff. The fight against Alfonzo was the last for Mike before the fight for the Champion Title with Trevor Berbick. Tyson quickly figured out his rival demonstrating the brilliant technique that distinguished him in his early years in the professional ring. After waiting a moment, Mike dodges to the left and throws a powerful left hook into Ratliff’s jaw. Alfonzo falls on to the ring floor.”

Announcer:

“And there’s the left hand and Ratliff will sit it down.”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Climbing to his knee, he waits until the referee counts to nine and gets up. Mike Tyson rushes to finish and shoots a series of eight hits. Ratliff finds some relief in a clinch. After the referee breaks the clinch, Tyson begins beating Ratliff near the ropes.”

Announcer:

“Can the man finish? And Tyson has left…right hand and that should just be about it. And that’s all, its over.”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mike Tyson versus Pinklon Thomas. The battle took place on May 31st, 1987. At this point, Mike was the owner of the WBA and WBC belts. Thomas approached this match with a good track record of a series of three victories in a row. And was considered a serious task for the twenty-year-old Tyson. And at the beginning of the match, it seemed so. Thomas managed to cope with the pressure of ‘Iron’ Mike for five rounds. However, in the sixth, three-minute period, Tyson carried out a series of powerful uppercuts and hooks from both hands. Some of which landed right on his opponent’s jaw. Thomas stumbled and then after another left hook crumpled into the canvas.”

Announcer:

“Big left hand, big right hand.”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“He did not have time to get up before the end of the count and the referee stopped the match. It’s worth saying that before this fight with Mike Tyson, Thomas had never been knocked down.”

Announcer:

“I think he cutted him out…I’m not sure…or knockout…he may have cutted him out. We’ll have to wait…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mike Tyson versus Tony Tubbs. The battle took place in the spring of March 1988. In this fight, Mike defended his title of ‘Absolute World Champion’ in the heavyweight category. The fight did not last long. Ending in the second round with just one but very powerful left hook.”

Announcer:

“Tubbs is hurt. Tubbs is hurt badly. It was the last…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“After such a devastating blow, Tubbs could not even rise when the judge counted to ten.”

Announcer:

“The fight is over!”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mike Tyson versus Frank Bruno. The time of this fight just coincided with a difficult period in the personal life and career of ‘Iron’ Mike. As for personal difficulties, he was in the process of divorcing his wife. And in his career, litigation with promoters. Tyson had very little time to prepare for the upcoming battle. Only a couple of weeks of full training. From the very first seconds of the battle, Mike carried out an effective attack after which Bruno was on the canvas. It was a knockdown.”

Announcer:

“And there goes Bruno for the first fight…the first right hand that got him he was down.”

The World of Boxing:

“Bruno managed to recover and continue the fight. Sometimes, showing good boxing.”

Announcer:

“Heads over to Mike. And Mike is just looking for an opportunity to…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“It all ended in the fifth round when Tyson struck a series of punches. From which Bruno was thrown to the ropes. It was there that Mike began to continuously beat him and it stopped only when Bruno’s team threw in the towel.”

Announcer:

“Richard Steel has moved in and stopped the fight. It’s all over! Michael Tyson wins on a fifth round, TKO.”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mike Tyson versus Henry Tillman. This was the first fight that Tyson had after losing to Buster Douglas. In June, Mike met with this amateur offender, Henry Tillman, who in 1984 got in his way on the US Olympic team.”

Announcer:

“Two and a half rounds or less than two and a half rounds, here in Las Vegas.”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“No one had any doubts about Tyson’s victory but the fact that Tillman was terribly intimidated, reduced the fight to the first round. One spectacular punch and Tillman was down for the count.”

Announcer:

“Tyson should be doing a lot more movement than he is now. He is allowing Mike Tyson to trap him in the…oh! Five! Six! Seven! Eight! Nine! Ten!”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mike Tyson versus Donovan Ruddock. This was a very interesting and revealing battle. Ruddock was a hefty Canadian who of course was afraid of Tyson but not to the point that he would immediately fall like Henry Tillman or Alex Stewart. Most likely Ruddock was a hidden left-handed person. That is a left-handed person standing in an ordinary left-handed stance. In general, a good but very limited boxer. All his technique came down to getting to his signature hit with the left. Something between a hook and an uppercut but he certainly had a powerful blow. The fight proceeded in a bitter struggle with some advantage on Tyson’s side.”

Announcer:

“There goes Tyson and there goes Ruddock.”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“In the seventh round, he hit Ruddock’s jaw with a left hook. Ruddock staggered and leaned on the ropes. Mike Tyson rushed in to finish off the opponent. But the referee, Richard Steele, suddenly stopped the bout. Calling it a TKO.”

Announcer:

“Here in the seventh round. Tyson and Ruddock…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“The decision was very controversial. After the battle stopped, in the ring, a brawl began. After the intervention of a security guard, the fight was stopped.”

Announcer:

“Mike…Tyson!”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mike Tyson versus Buster Mathis Jr. The battle took place in December of 1995. Mathis held his defence and avoided Mike’s punches well, but this did not last long.”

Announcer:

“And Mathis used the right…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“In the third round, Tyson sent Buster Mathis to the floor with a right uppercut.”

Announcer:

“And down goes Mathis. He stepped back…”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

“Mathis did not have time to rise before the count of ten and the referee called a knockout.”

Announcer:

“Nine, ten! He didn’t beat the count. Right uppercut, two of them by Mike Tyson. And it is knockdown Buster Mathis Jr.”

The World of Boxing! (Informative & Educational Channel to Inspire the Next Generation of Athletes to Engage in Sports, Tom Yankello, Ukraine):

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