“I shocked the world by knocking out Mike Tyson but it still pisses me off, I only had one world title fight”

BUSTER DOUGLAS produced one of the biggest shock absorbers in sports history in Tokyo 32 years ago.

The heavyweight from Ohio took on the formidable Mike Tyson and was expected to be blown away in the fight at the Tokyo Dome.

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Buster Douglas stunned the world by beating Mike Tyson in 1990Credit: AP:Associated Press
Douglas knocked out Tyson in Tokyo in one of boxing's biggest upsets

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Douglas knocked out Tyson in Tokyo in one of boxing’s biggest upsetsCredit: AP:Associated Press

Douglas had no chance of beating Iron Mike in the February 11, 1990 fight.

Tyson was undefeated in 37 professional fights and had just won his last six world title defenses by stunning knockouts.

But Douglas pulled off a stunning upset by knocking out Tyson in the 10th round in front of a stunning crowd.

He snatched the WBA, WBC and IBF world titles from Tyson in a fight that will forever be remembered.

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Douglas spoke to ESPN in 2018 ahead of a 30 for 30 documentary about his upset victory.

He said: “It was great, especially going back to Tokyo, we went back to Tokyo Dome, we walked around downtown Tokyo, it was really rewarding.

“I knew coming into the fight nobody was giving me a chance, but I believed in it, my people believed in it. That was the motivation.

“I don’t care what people think because if that was the case, I would never have turned pro.

“I knew I was here with no luck.”

Douglas added: “My training sessions were nice, calm and quiet.

“Just me and my coaches in the gym. We would come into the gym after Mike, and the chairs could be turned around and everything like somebody had a big task to do.

“And when my side arrived, it was just us. So that was a motivation.”

Despite his famous victory, Douglas only fought for world titles once more in his career.

Buster Douglas won the WBA, WBC and IBF world titles against Tyson

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Buster Douglas won the WBA, WBC and IBF world titles against TysonCredit: Reuters
But he fought for a world title only once in his career

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But he fought for a world title only once in his careerCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd.

He was beaten by Evander Holyfield in the third round in Las Vegas in his very next fight.

Douglas fought nine more times in his professional career and won eight.

But he never had another chance to be world champion after losing to Holyfield later in 1990.

He joked, “It pisses me off. It makes me want to come out of retirement.”