UFC light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira travels to Catskill, New York to visit the gym of his lifelong idol Mike Tyson.
He was only about 20-years old when it happened, and nobody could have predicted the future that would soon follow, but 30 years ago, on November 22, 1986, one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all-time, Mike Tyson, claimed his first professional title.
Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round.
‘Iron Mike’ was given his first title fight against Trevor Berbick for the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight championship. Tyson won the title by second round TKO, and at the age of 20 years and four months became the youngest heavyweight champion in history.
In 1987, Tyson added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker. This made him the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.
In 1988, Tyson became the lineal champion when he knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds of the first round.
Tyson successfully defended the world heavyweight championship nine times, including victories over Larry Holmes and Frank Bruno.