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Mike Tyson Beats Mitch Blood Green This Day May 20, 1986


Mike Tyson Beats Mitch Blood Green This Day May 20, 1986


  • Mike Tyson 215¼ lbs
  • Mitch Green 225 lbs
  • UD in round 10 of 10
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
  • Referee: Luis Rivera
  • Judge: George DeGabriel 8-2
  • Judge: George Colon 9-1
  • Judge: Pat Dolan 9-1



Mike Tyson 20-0 (19 KOs) vs. Mitch Green 16-1-1 (10 KOs)

Green entered ranked as the # 7 contender by the WBC. Tyson was ranked # 8.

Tyson reportedly received $250,000, while Green made $30,000. At the weigh-in for the bout, Green threatened to pull out of the fight wanting more money.

A snarling Tyson entered the ring to “Eye of the Tiger”.

Mike Tyson pressured Green throughout, delivered some smashing blows to the head and body, and won a unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden. Tyson three times knocked out Green’s mouthpiece and shook him with short, devastating punches to the head and roadhouse punches to the body. But Green would not go down and several times fought back with flurries as Tyson left himself open. While there were moments of excitement, the fight before a crowd of 6,529 was marked by a lot of clinching and, in the late rounds, there were choruses of boos. Tyson never had Green in danger except once in the early rounds when he doubled Green up with two right hands to the body. In the third, a left hook knocked Green’s mouthpiece out of the ring and then in the fourth another left hook by Tyson not only knocked out Green’s mouthpiece but also knocked out a section of bridge work Green was wearing and sent in flying several feet to the ring apron.

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