The Day I Won the Title – November 22, 1986

The Day I Won the Title - November 22, 1986 Mike Tyson

A great thrill for me – and I am sure Cus was up there with all the great champions and telling them, “my boy did it.”

I would dominate Berbick, easily picking up the victory by way of 2nd round technical knockout. From the opening bell I would be the aggressor, hammering Berbick with several powerful punches. Towards the end of the round, I hit Berbick with a 4-punch combination that sent Berbick across the ring. Berbick managed to stay on his feet, but I would continue to attack, hitting Berbick several more times until the bell sounded. I picked up right where he left off in round 2, almost immediately hitting Berbick with a combination that dropped the champion. Berbick was able to answer the referee’s count and the fight would continue. Berbick, however, was unable to get any offense going, continuously getting rocked by me. I would finally end the fight as the 2:35 mark, hitting Berbick with a right to the body followed by a left hook to the head that dropped Berbick for the second time. Berbick attempted to get up twice, only to collapse both times, causing referee Mills Lane to call the fight and award me the victory via technical knockout.

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