Mike Tyson, This Day in Boxing

This Day July 11 Mike Tyson KOs John Alderson and Lorenzo Boyd

Mike Tyson KOs John Alderson and Lorenzo Boyd This Day July 11

Mike Tyson scores big KOs in 1985 and 1986




Mike Tyson 215¾ lbs

John Alderson 226½ lbs

RTD at 3:00 in round 2 of 6

Location: Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Referee: Frank Cappuccino

Ring Announcer: Michael Buffer



Mike Tyson 4-0 (4 KOs) vs. John Alderson (Alderson’s record was announced as 4-0 (4 KOs).

Fight was on the undercard of Mike Tinley vs. Ray Ray Gray.

Tyson’s weight was announced as 215 lbs even.

Tyson came forward in the opening round with a bit of headhunting against his much taller opponent. Tyson landed a few solid left hands that bloodied Alderson’s nose and momentarily switched to the southpaw stance midway through the round. Alderson mostly looked to evade , occasionally pumped out a rangy jab or a straight right hand. At the instruction of his corner, Tyson added more work to the body in Round 2 and landed at a higher rate.

A pair of right hands knocked out Alderson’s mouthpiece at 1:16. A single right hand, preceded by a range-finding jab, opened a cut on the outside of Alderson’s left eye and sent him down in the center of the ring at 1:40. He stayed seated before getting to his feet at the count of eight. Another right hand this time to the temple sent Alderson down just prior to the bell. He got up at the count of six and went to his corner. The ringside physician recommended to the referee that the fight be stopped following the round and Alderson did not argue. As referee Frank Cappuccino said to Alderson, “John, church is out. The fight’s over.”





Mike Tyson 219¾ lbs

Lorenzo Boyd 198¼ lbs

KO at 1:43 in round 2 of 10

Location: Stevensville Hotel, Swan Lake, New York, USA

Referee: Sid Rubenstein

Ring Announcer: Paul Lafleur

Attendance: 2,000

Mike Tyson broke Lorenzo Boyd’s nose in the first round and then scored a knockout at 1:43 in the second round. Tyson battered Boyd with right hooks to the body from the opening bell and never allowed Boyd to mount an attack. Tyson closed the night with a thudding right hook to the body capped with a clean right uppercut under the chin that sent Boyd down, flat on his back. The referee reached the count of eight before calling end to the bout with Boyd still down.


Mike Tyson 23-0 (21 KOs) vs. Lorenzo Boyd (announced as 16-5 (9 KOs).

Tyson entered ranked as the # 2 heavyweight contender by the WBC.

At 198.25 pounds, Boyd was 21 pounds lighter than Tyson.

Boyd suffered a broken nose in the opening round (said to be with the first punch), and Tyson re-aggravated a previous injury to his left hand.

 The fight was widely regarded as a tuneup for Tyson’s July 26 bout against Marvis Frazier.

Mike Tyson Quote

“I was looking for an early knockout, but I saw he went by in the first round so I decided I’m just going to pick with my jab and look for a opening because I hurt my left hand early in the first round. At first I thought because he charged out a little with a slugger’s stance like he’s just ready to wing, but I was precarious about it and just kept putting the jab in his face and looking for him to move forward.” Mike Tyson in the post-fight interview

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