Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks

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Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks was a boxing match which took place on Monday June 27, 1988.wikipedia
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Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks was a boxing match which took place on Monday June 27, 1988.
In his final fight, Spinks was knocked out by Mike Tyson in 91 seconds, the only defeat of his professional career.

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Both men were undefeated and each had a claim to being the legitimate heavyweight champion.

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Held at the Atlantic City Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey and promoted as "once and for all", it was at the time the richest fight in boxing history, grossing some $70 million, of which Tyson earned a record purse of around $20 million and Spinks $13.5 million. Donald Trump bid a record site fee of $11 million to stage the fight at the Atlantic City Convention Hall, adjacent to his own Trump Plaza.
His most famous bout at the venue was the 91-second Knockout of former champion and previously undefeated Michael Spinks on June 27, 1988.

Donald Trump

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Donald Trump bid a record site fee of $11 million to stage the fight at the Atlantic City Convention Hall, adjacent to his own Trump Plaza.
Trump's businesses have hosted several boxing matches at the Atlantic City Convention Hall adjacent to and promoted as taking place at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, including Mike Tyson's 1988 heavyweight championship fight against Michael Spinks.

Mike Tyson

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Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks was a boxing match which took place on Monday June 27, 1988.

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Billed as "Once and for All", the fight was highly anticipated and earned comparisons with the 1971 Fight of the Century between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, who were also undefeated heavyweight champions when they met to decide the undisputed title.
This would be the first meeting of two undefeated heavyweight champions (and last until Mike Tyson faced Michael Spinks in 1988), since Ali (31–0) had not lost his title in the ring, but rather been stripped because of his refusal to be conscripted into the armed forces, some considered him to be the true champion.

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The fight was a part of The HBO Heavyweight Boxing Series (otherwise known as the Unification Series,) in an effort to unify the titles in the heavyweight division and thus produce the undisputed champion.
In June 1988, the two champions faced off, and Tyson knocked out Spinks in 91 seconds.

Trevor Berbick

In November 1986 Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick to win the WBC heavyweight title; at 20 years old, Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion in history.

Buster Douglas

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Tyson then took a tune-up fight against former world champion Pinklon Thomas and knocked him out in six rounds, then waited for the result of a fight between Tucker and James 'Buster' Douglas for the vacant IBF title that had been stripped from Spinks.

Shelly Finkel

Co-promoter Shelly Finkel predicted that the bout would surpass Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard and become the highest grossing fight in boxing history.
During Finkel's boxing career he put together many large pay per view events including Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks on June 27, 1988, the largest pay per view event as of that date.

Reggie Gross

His final fight was in June 1988, on the Tyson/Spinks undercard, where the hard hitting Jamaican Donovan 'Razor' Ruddock bombed him out in two rounds.

Kevin Rooney

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When Lewis had left and Tyson once again prepared to leave his dressing room, he told his trainer Kevin Rooney: "you know, I'm gonna hurt this guy."
Rooney was with Mike Tyson since the late 1982, when Tyson was 16 years old and just won the National Junior Olympics (having a 9–1 amateur record, with all 9 wins inside the distance,) oversaw the second half of his amateur career (44 fights,) saw the start of his professional career in 1985, followed Tyson throughout his world championship days, until Tyson's bout with Michael Spinks in 1988, when on the insistence of Don King, Tyson fired Rooney along with all other staff that comprised the Team Tyson from the beginning.

Pay-per-view

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700,000 households bought the fight on pay-per-view television, generating US$21 million.

The Ring magazine Round of the Year

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The round was named round of the year for 1988 by Ring Magazine.

Frank Cappuccino

This time he was unable to rise and referee Frank Cappuccino counted him out.

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Boxing

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Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks was a boxing match which took place on Monday June 27, 1988.

World Boxing Council

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In November 1986 Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick to win the WBC heavyweight title; at 20 years old, Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion in history. At the time, Tyson held the belts of all three of the major sanctioning organizations (World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association, and International Boxing Federation) while Spinks was the Ring and Boxing Illustrated magazine champion, regarded as "The People's Champion," and was considered the lineal champion.

World Boxing Association

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At the time, Tyson held the belts of all three of the major sanctioning organizations (World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association, and International Boxing Federation) while Spinks was the Ring and Boxing Illustrated magazine champion, regarded as "The People's Champion," and was considered the lineal champion.

International Boxing Federation

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At the time, Tyson held the belts of all three of the major sanctioning organizations (World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association, and International Boxing Federation) while Spinks was the Ring and Boxing Illustrated magazine champion, regarded as "The People's Champion," and was considered the lineal champion.

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At the time, Tyson held the belts of all three of the major sanctioning organizations (World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association, and International Boxing Federation) while Spinks was the Ring and Boxing Illustrated magazine champion, regarded as "The People's Champion," and was considered the lineal champion.

New Jersey

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Held at the Atlantic City Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey and promoted as "once and for all", it was at the time the richest fight in boxing history, grossing some $70 million, of which Tyson earned a record purse of around $20 million and Spinks $13.5 million.

Undisputed champion

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The fight was a part of The HBO Heavyweight Boxing Series (otherwise known as the Unification Series,) in an effort to unify the titles in the heavyweight division and thus produce the undisputed champion.

Tim Witherspoon

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In his very next fight Tyson faced James "Bonecrusher" Smith, who had won the WBA title in an upset over Tim Witherspoon earlier in 1986, and defeated him by unanimous decision.