“He’s (Tyson) been knocked out before by a lesser opponent. And he’s going to sleep again.” – Razor Ruddock
“March 18 Razor Ruddock dies. If he doesn’t die it doesn’t count.” -Mike Tyson
“Tyson showing he has an unbelievable chin!”
Mike Tyson’s career has been the center of analysis due to his induction today into the boxing Hall of Fame. Two things have annoyed me to no end when hearing commentators review Tyson’s legacy. The first is that he could never beat a good fighter who stood up to him. Second is that he won no significant fights after the upset loss to James “Buster” Douglas in 1990. These viewpoints are refuted by Tyson’s two exciting slugfests against Donovan “Razor” Ruddock in 1991.
Ruddock became a top contender in 1990 after his vicious KO of Michael Dokes. He had no fear of Tyson; Ruddock came into both their fights determined to score a KO. The problem for Ruddock is that Tyson brought that same mentality. Tyson walked through numerous Ruddock bombs and dispelled the later critique that he always wilted under adversity. Ruddock would later state these fights took everything out of him and shortened his career. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tyson said the same.
TYSON-RUDDOCK I HIGHLIGHTS
TYSON-RUDDOCK II HIGHLIGHTS