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History “Today”: Tyson’s 91-second KO Win Over Spinks

June 27, 1988. Exactly today, world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson continued his unblemished winning streak following his trouble-free first round knockout victory over Michael Spinks.


The power-punching Tyson, the youngest boxer ever to win a world title fight at age 20 years and four months, clinched his 35th straight ring victory in just 91 seconds as he made short work of the taller Spinks before an animated crowd in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

His lightning-quick win included two powerful knockdowns against Spinks, before eventually clinching the devastating win and retain the three world title belts—International Boxing Association, World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association.

Tyson also handed Spinks his first-ever professional boxing loss, ending the former light heavyweight champion’s winning streak at 31.

Spinks’ defeat proved his first and last as he decided to hang up his boxing gloves for good.


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