This Day in Boxing March 18, 1991 – Tyson Stops Ruddock

This Day in Boxing March 18, 1991 – Tyson Stops Ruddock

Mike Tyson (39-1) vs Razor Ruddock (25-1-1)

Tyson and Ruddock were widely viewed at the No. 1 and No. 2 heavyweights, respectively, as Evander Holyfield was still lightly regarded as champion.

The winner of Tyson vs Ruddock 1 would be in-line to fight the winner of the heavyweight championship bout between Evander Holyfield and George Foreman

Donovan “Razor” Ruddock was a highly ranked heavyweight contender in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was known for his powerful left hook/uppercut hybrid, which he called “The Smash.”

The fight was brutal with Tyson scoring a knockdown in round 2 and then knocking Ruddock down toward the end of round 3

Ruddock had his big moment in round 6 after connecting with some big shots and an uppercut that stunned Tyson before the bell sounded.

Referee Richard Steele controversially stopped the bout after Ruddock was rocked by a Tyson combination. However, despite being staggered, Ruddock had not gone down and seemed clear-headed.

Steele had to be escorted out of the ring for fear he’d be attacked by violent protestors; He would later receive death threats for his actions.

The premature stoppage of Tyson vs Ruddock 1 caused tempers to flare with people angry at the decision; A ring riot broke out between both fighters’ camps after the bout

In the post-fight interview, Mike Tyson stated of Ruddock,” He punches like a f**king mule kick.”

After the controversial ending, a rematch was called for. The second Tyson-Ruddock fight took place on June 28, 1991.

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