Mike Tyson Bombs Steve Zouski This Day March 10, 1986
- Mike Tyson 220½ lbs
- Steve Zouski 210 lbs
- KO at 2:39 round 3
- Location: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, USA
- Referee: Arthur Mercante
Tyson pressured Zouski and picked his shots to the body and occasionally to the head in the opening round. Zouski moved around and had some success with his jab and infrequent right hands. Zouski continued to work in round 2 and landed with a nice combination near the two-minute mark of the round. Tyson replied with a fast combination of his own and had created some swelling to Zouski’s left eye by the end of the round. Tyson’s work rate was lower early in Round 3 as Zouski looked to keep his distance and work on the outside. A series of uppercuts hurt Zouski at 2:00 of the round and sent him stumbling into the ropes. Tyson landed a right uppercut that snapped back Zouski’s head and a massive left hook that sent Zouski down face first. Zouski made it to his feet after the referee had reached the count of ten.
Mike Tyson 18-0 (18 KOs) vs. Steve Zouski 25-9 (14 KOs)
Tyson entered ranked 10th by the WBC.
At 220.5 lbs, Tyson was fighting at the heaviest of his professional career to date.
Zouski entered with a record of 2-7 in his previous nine bouts dating back to June of 1982.
Despite nine losses and four by stoppage, Zouski reportedly was never knocked off his feet before this bout.
He was a game opponent and I have to give him a lot of credit for standing in and taking some good punches. I didn’t like my performance. I have a lot of personal problems that I am just getting over, but I’m going to do all to my best ability to be ready for the twenty-ninth against James Tillis.” Mike Tyson in the post-fight interview.
When asked to rate Tyson’s performance, trainer Kevin Rooney gave him a “C”. Tyson replied, “I’m always giving myself a zero. I’m never impressed.” and added that he had not given himself an A grade and probably never would.
“I have a hectic schedule. That’s the point of being famous. You have to give up a lot of things and sacrifice and I can’t live like a nineteen year old.” – Tyson when asked about fighting so often.