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Tyson busted up in first defeat
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Feb. 10, 1990

It's sayonara for Mike Tyson. The undefeated heavyweight champ is the victim of the upset of the century when journeyman Buster Douglas, a 42-1 underdog, knocks him out in the 10th round in Tokyo.

Tyson had been supposedly invincible, with 33 knockouts in his 37 victories. But at 220 1/2 pounds, Iron Mike appears flat and poorly conditioned against Douglas. Though Tyson knocks down the 232-pound Douglas with a vicious right in the eighth round, the challenger recovers.

By the 10th round, Tyson's left eye is swollen, and he has difficulty seeing. Douglas throws two rights, a left, a right that sends Tyson spinning and finally a left hook that knocks Tyson's mouthpiece up into the air as the champ goes down. His face is a mask of pain and confusion as the referee counts him out.

"I wasn't afraid of the man," Douglas says. "I'm only afraid of God."

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