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Betting on a Legend? Tyson vs Paul – Odds Don’t Tell the Whole Story

From World Champ to Ear Chomp

Iron’ Mike, One of the Greatest Heavyweight Boxers

Can you believe that it’s 2024, and we’re preparing our Mike Tyson boxing bets for July 20 as the 57-year-old former heavyweight champion steps out of retirement to face social media influencer turned boxer Jake Paul?

What a time to be alive!

Betting on a Legend? Tyson vs Paul - Odds Don't Tell the Whole Story
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While the current BetUS boxing odds may be stacked against Tyson, we cannot neglect the history-defining legacy he’s built. He’s one of the most terrifying punchers of all time, dominated the heavyweight category from the mid-1980s until the late 1990s, and broke the record for the youngest heavyweight champion at the age of twenty, which is still standing.

Yet, despite his seemingly invincible stature in the sport, a series of crushing defeats brought him down. Even with his history of bouncing back from adversity, some of these losses appeared insurmountable.

Despite facing Paul at 57, he has already established himself as an elite fighter. The two-time world champion continues to be one of the most well-liked boxing superstars having enjoyed tremendous success during his prime.

The following is a compilation of his most successful and unsuccessful bouts throughout his career preceding his anticipated summer return.

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The Youngest Heavyweight Champion of the World (1986)

There was less of a battle and more of a coronation. Tyson, an imposing power puncher, had beaten a string of heavyweights to have a chance to challenge the average Trevor Berbick for the championship, who entered the contest as a 3-to-1 underdog on Las Vegas boxing odds despite being the defending champ. Therefore, it was no surprise that the bout became one of the most lopsided championship wins in history.

It was always Berbick’s intention to hold his ground and fight Tyson; poor decision-making on his behalf. Tyson started landing brutal blows at the conclusion of Round 1, and Berbick started to crumble before our eyes.

The champion, who was clearly outmatched, recovered from a knockdown early in Round 2, but his dominion was soon to come to an end. Berbick, somehow was still in the fight after returning to his feet following multiple knockdowns. Nonetheless, Mills Lane, the referee, had seen enough. A new heavyweight champion was crowned after a relentless pursuit, and Tyson made history as the youngest in history at the tender age of twenty.


Suffering Defeat to a +4300 Underdog (1990)

Looking back, we should have anticipated this. Even though he was still unbeaten, Tyson had become stale and complacent. The intensity that won him the title was noticeably lacking in his fights at the time.

Having just lost his mother, Buster Douglas was competent and motivated despite being a +4300underdog at the sportsbook.

Tyson was swept up in the perfect storm. Douglas, being the larger man, could withstand Tyson’s first assault and, as the bout continued, seemed to deliver more decisive punches, eventually taking command. In Round 8, the champion looked to have dispatched the challenger with a knockdown, but Buster regained his composure. Douglas ended the bout with a historic right uppercut two rounds later, followed by a left-right-left.

At barely 23 years old, we’d never see the same Tyson again.

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A Prime ‘Iron’ Mike Performance (1988)

Fear worked in Tyson’s favor against several of his opponents. Even before the first bell rang, they had already lost. Despite being a decent light heavyweight, the unbeaten Michael Spinks may have been a victim of the mind games.

The Olympic gold medalist’s anxieties became a reality very fast. Nothing he did—jabbing, moving, or holding—could subdue Tyson. In the first minute of the contest, Spinks took a knee after taking a slew of devastating strikes; he was overmatched. Despite his defeated expression, he sprang up and unleashed one of Tyson’s most devastating blows—a right hand that knocked Spinks out cold and rendered him utterly senseless.

This “fight” took just 91 seconds, and on that historic evening, many felt Tyson was competing at his very best.

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A Hungry Mike Tyson Eats His Opponent (1990)

After their first fight, Tyson had lingering resentment at Holyfield for what he saw as his unscrupulous methods, particularly the frequent head butts. Thus, his temper flared, and he committed one of the most notorious acts in boxing history when Holyfield butted him many times (at least in his account) early in the second round of their second clash.

With thirty seconds left in Round 3, the two men were locked in a tight clinch when, seemingly irritated, Tyson bit off part of Holyfield’s right ear. Mills Lane docked Tyson two points and then let the bout go on. Then, just as the battle started back up, Tyson bit him once again. This time, Lane called it off and DQ’d Tyson, leading to a small brawl in the ring.

Tyson would say he was angry with his opponent’s strategies and lashed out, however, many believe he’d sought and discovered an exit strategy from the contest as he seemed destined to lose. No matter how you slice it, this evening in Las Vegas’s MGM Grand was a disaster and, easily, the lowest point of ‘Iron’ Mike’s professional career.



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