Mike Tyson, This Day in Boxing

This Day June 27, 1988 Mike Tyson KOs Michael Spinks in 91 Seconds

Mike Tyson KOs Michael Spinks in 91 Seconds This Day June 27, 1988

Iron Mike Tyson retains the heavyweight crown in devastating performance



Mike Tyson 218¼ lbs

Michael Spinks 212¼ lbs

KO at 1:31 in round 1 of 12

Location: Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Referee: Frank Cappuccino

Judge: Eva Shain

Judge: John Stewart

Judge: Rocky Castellani



The fight was billed as “Once And For All.” This was a fight between two undefeated fighters, each with a legitimate claim to the heavyweight championship of the world. The winner would have sole possession of the title.

Spinks became the first reigning light heavyweight champion to win a heavyweight championship when he defeated Larry Holmes for the IBF heavyweight title in 1985. Spinks was stripped of the IBF title in 1987 for refusing to fight #1 contender Tony Tucker. Promoter Don King won the right to promote a Spinks vs. Tucker title fight with a purse bid of $711,000, of which Spinks would get 75 percent. Spinks chose to fight Gerry Cooney instead for a guaranteed purse of $4 million. Spinks knocked out Cooney in five rounds.

Tyson entered the fight as the holder of all three major sanctioning body titles: He was the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight champion.

Spinks entered the fight without an alphabet title, but he was regarded as the lineal World Heavyweight Champion, as he had beaten Larry Holmes for the title and did not lose it in the ring.

Tyson, who had a record of 34-0 (30 KOs), was 7-0 (5 KOs) in world title fights.

Spinks, who had a record of 31-0 (21 KOs), was 14-0 (9 KOs) in world title fights.

Spinks, 16 days short of his 32nd birthday, had not fought in 12 months, which was the longest layoff of his career.

At 212¼ pounds, Spinks was fighting at the heaviest weight of his career.

Spinks entered the ring as a 4-1 underdog.

Tyson, three days short of his 22nd birthday, produced what is widely regarded as the best performance of his career.

One month after the fight, Spinks announced his retirement.

The one and only round of the fight was named the 1988 Round of the Year by The Ring Magazine.

Tyson earned $22 million, the biggest purse ever paid to a boxer at that time, and Spinks received $13.5 million.

Trump Plaza paid an $11 million site fee, HBO paid $3 million for delayed TV rights, $2 million was paid for foreign TV rights and Pepsi paid $1.25 million to sponsor the fight.

A sellout crowd of 21,785 at Convention Hall in Atlantic City produced a gate of $12.3 million.

The fight was shown on closed circuit TV and pay-per-view. 600,000 households bought the fight on pay-per-view, generating $21 million.

At the time, a typical four-day weekend in June produced about $215 million in gambling revenues for Atlantic City. By contrast, the estimate for the four days leading up to Tyson vs. Spinks was $344 million.

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