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Tyson KO's Spinks in just 1:31 of first round
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


June 27, 1988

It takes two seconds longer for the singing of the national anthem than it does for Mike Tyson to knock out Michael Spinks. In the battle of unbeaten fighters, just 91 seconds is all Tyson needs to retain his heavyweight crown in Atlantic City.

"When I came into the ring, I could see the fear," Tyson says after running his record to 35-0 with his 16th first-round KO. "And I knew it was going to be a first-round knockout."

There's no feeling-out process. Tyson comes out looking for the quick KO. A right to Spinks' head followed by a left hook drops Spinks to his knees. The challenger rises, but doesn't stay on his feet for long. A left hook and then a devastating right sends Spinks to the canvas again and ends the fight.

"Since I was 12, I was groomed for this," Tyson says. "Not just physically, but intellectually, too. To handle the pressure that comes with boxing."

While Spinks can't handle Tyson, he has no trouble dealing with his $13 million payday -- or $142,857 a second.





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