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Lewis v Tyson

Lennox Lewis poses for the cameras 1986 Tyson shows off his golden smile

By Sanjeev Shetty, BBC Sport Online

The boxing world is stunned as Tyson is knocked out by James ‘Buster’ Douglas in Tokyo in February.

The overweight and under-trained champion is comprehensively outboxed over 10 rounds, although he still floors Douglas for a long count during the eighth round.

But minutes later, the world is treated to the unforgettable and previously unthinkable sight of Tyson on all fours, failing to beat the count after taking a four-punch combination.

The WBC and WBA try to rule the fight a no-contest because of Douglas’ long count in the eighth, but public opinion forces them to back down.

Tyson rebounds with a pair of first round knockouts over Henry Tillman and Alex Stewart.

Lewis captures the European title with a sixth round stoppage of Frenchman Jean Chanet, but looks lethargic. A fight with undefeated British prospect Gary Mason is scheduled for the following year.

Did you know?
Lennox Lewis’ middle name is Claudius.

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