Mike Tyson vs. Tyrell Biggs was billed as “The Clash for the Crown” for the professional boxing match contested on October 16, 1987 for the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship….which consists of the WBA, WBC and IBF Heavyweight Titles. According to Mike Tyson’s Book “Undisputed Truth”….Tyrell Biggs dissed Tyson in 1984….when Tyson came to wish the USA Olympic boxing team good luck….that a lady came and wished the boxers a good trip….to which Tyrell Biggs then proceeded to laugh and said….”I don’t know about him, but he certainly ain’t getting on that plane”….which was referring to Mike Tyson not being selected to the team.
Only two months prior to his match with Biggs….Tyson had defeated Tony Tucker by unanimous decision to unify all three major heavyweight championships and become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion. Though many had hoped this would lead to a match with Lineal Heavyweight champion Michael Spinks….Spinks remained reluctant to face Tyson. As such, Tyson instead chose to face one of his mandatory challengers….1984 Olympic Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist Tyrell Biggs….who was undefeated since turning pro. Prior to their fight….Biggs bashed Tyson in the press….by boldly stating among other things….”He`s never fought anyone like me. I don’t know this Tyson the way you guys talk about him. I know Tyson from way back when”….to which Biggs would also promise to use his mobility and superior overall boxing ability against the stronger Tyson stating….”He’s strong, but his strength will not hurt me. Every fighter I fight is stronger than me….but as the fight goes on….as I use my mobility and boxing ability….so strength is no longer a factor. What will he do then?”
Through the first two rounds….Biggs attempted to ward off Tyson’s attack by keeping his distance and throwing sharp left jabs at Tyson….while also attempting to use his distinct height advantage to avoid Tyson’s power punches. Biggs had a solid 1st round….connecting with over half of jabs while limiting Tyson to only three. Biggs would continue to use this tactic early in round 2….but Tyson was able to connect with a big right hook that split Biggs’ lip open….and by round 3….Biggs had all but abandoned his game plan….and was overwhelmed by Tyson’s power….with Tyson eventually landing a strong right hand that opened a cut around Biggs’ left eye. Tyson would continue to dominate in rounds 5 and 6….by consistently attacking Biggs with hooks and right hands….though Biggs would survive both rounds without getting knocked down. With 30 seconds left in round 7….Tyson hit Biggs with a left uppercut that sent Biggs to canvas and almost out of the ring….but Biggs was able to answer the referee’s count at nine. Tyson would continue his assault as soon as Biggs got up and quickly knocked down Biggs again….this time with a left hook….which led to referee Tony Orlando stopping the fight and awarding Tyson the victory via technical knockout.