Iron Mike Tyson Stops Tyrell Biggs This Day October 16, 1987 Retains Heavyweight Crown
- Mike Tyson 216 lbs
- Tyrell Biggs 228¾ lbs
- TKO at 2:59 in round 7 of 15
- Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
- Referee: Tony Orlando
- Judge: Al Wilensky 60-54
- Judge: John Stewart 60-54
- Judge: Frank Brunette 60-52
- WBC – WBA – IBF Heavyweight Title
“If I don’t kill him — it don’t count.” Mike Tyson said quietly as he, Kevin Rooney and Steve Lott were leaving the weighin for his fight with Tyrell Biggs. Mike wanted revenge for the years that Biggs was given superior status in the amateur ranks. Mike was relegated to second class citizenship for two reasons. 1. His professional style of boxing was not looked on favorably by the amateur organizations. 2. Cus D’amato was not a fan of the amateur program. Watch closely as Oprah Winfrey appears in shock as Biggs and Mike go crashing through the ropes and headed for her!
Biggs won the gold medal in the super heavyweight division at the 1984 Olympics, which Tyson truly resented. Sam Smith of the Chicago Tribune wrote the following:
Tyson felt that should have been his medal, but amateur officials preferred Biggs in the superheavyweight division, which forced Tyson to the heavyweight division, where he lost a decision to Henry Tillman in the trials. Tyson never forgot nor forgave the slights imposed on him by the members of that team, who mostly ignored the then-crude Brooklyn street thug.
Before Tyson outpointed James (Bonecrusher) Smith to unify the WBC and WBA heavyweight titles on March 7, 1987, his co-manager, Jim Jacobs, said Tyson’s next two opponents would be Biggs and Pinklon Thomas, “but I don’t know which one will be first.” On the undercard of Tyson-Smith, Biggs stopped David Bey in six rounds, but he suffered a cut that required 32 stitches. “Based on that cut, there’s no chance that Tyrell Biggs will be Mike’s May 30 opponent,” said Bill Cayton, Tyson’s other co-manager.
This was Tyson’s first fight as the unified WBC/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion of the world.
This was the last heavyweight title fight to be scheduled for 15 rounds.
Tyson was guaranteed $2.25 million, plus a percentage. Jim Jacobs said Tyson would make a minimum of $4.1 million.
Biggs’ purse was $1.25 million.
Biggs entered the fight as the WBA and IBF No. 1 heavyweight contender.
Tyson was a 12 to 1 favorite the day before the fight, but he entered the ring as an 8 to 1 favorite. Some thought the odds were out of line. “Biggs will do much better than anybody expects,” veteran trainer Angelo Dundee predicted. “If he reverts to his style as an amateur, you’re going to have a 15-round fight, and Tyson will get outpointed.” HBO commentator Larry Merchant called Biggs “the only man on this planet capable of beating Tyson.”
There was a crowd of about 12,000.
The month Tyson fought Biggs, the video game Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Nintendo reportedly paid Tyson $50,000 for the right to use his name and likeness for three years. The deal was signed shortly before Tyson defeated Trevor Berbick to win the WBC heavyweight title on November 22, 1986. According to Guinness World Records, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! is the best-selling boxing video game of all-time. It has sold over three million units