On June 27th, 1988, Mike Tyson stood in the ring with Michael Spinks. At this point in both of their careers, they were undefeated. The stage was set in Atlantic City, at the AC Boardwalk Hall.
Michael Spinks was in a great position leading up to this fight. He had made the move from light heavyweight to heavyweight in order to challenge the legend that is Larry Holmes. With Spinks average fighting weight at 173 pounds, jumping to 200 pounds was huge. To ensure he could make this jump he ended up hiring Mackie Shilstone, a nutritionist. What did Spinks have to say about this diet?
“I’m eating nuts, bolts, screws, razor blades and sledgehammers. I can eat as much as I want, but only what Mackie says I can eat.”
While he may have gained roughly 25 pounds of bodyweight, his body fat went from 9.1 to 7.2 percent. This worked because he ended up beating Holmes, twice actually, the first time for the title and the second time to retain it.
While Spinks was set up well to fight Tyson at 212 pounds, Tyson had the upper hand by six pounds, weighing in around 218 pounds.
At this point, Tyson was 34-0, and had the WBC, WBA, and IBF titles. He was determined to retain his titles and add Spink’s “The Ring” heavyweight title to the list.
On June 27th of 1988, Tyson did just that by knocking out the 31-0 Spinks. Tyson seemed to be much more determined, as he knocked Spinks out at just the 91 second mark. The KO came by a tough right upper cut from Tyson as he remained heavyweight champion.
The fight had a lot of hype coming in, and maybe less afterwards. Michael Spinks retired after the fight in which Tyson had barely broken a sweat. Meanwhile, Tyson went on to finish his career with a record of 50-6 with 44 wins coming by KO. Check out the video below, as well as some honorable mentions for June 27, 1988.
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