Mike Tyson Hallmark KO of Marvis Frazier

Mike Tyson vs Marvis Frazier

Mike Tyson’s early career was full of stunning, highlight-reel knock outs of  over matched opponents. On July 26, 1986 Tyson was but four months away from becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing when he was pitted against Marvin Frazier, son of the man who himself had been heavyweight champion of the world 13 years prior – Smokin’ Joe Frazier. The story goes that Frazier senior had his Olympic gold medal cut into eleven pieces & then divided among his eleven children & going on the evidence of the fight video below that seems about right.

Tyson entered the ring that night in July of 1986 with a professional record of 24-0 with 22 wins by way of knock & 14 of those wins coming in the first stanza. For a recently turned 20 year old Tyson the match up with Frazier would be his 10th of a calendar year that eventually saw him fight 13 times & would culminate in his two round dismantling of the now late Trevor Berbick.

For his part, Marvis Frazier was no namby-pamby lame duck opponent – his record of 16-1 to that point included wins over future Tyson challenger James “Bonecrusher” Smith as well as the first man to go the distance with Tyson in the pro ranks James “Quick” Tillis with his only previous defeat coming at the fists of a 1983 vintage Larry Holmes.

Unlike the young Tyson though, Marvis Frazier was no knockout artist – only six of his sixteen wins had come by way of – and many experts ringside felt his best, perhaps his only, chance against the raging bobbing & weaving bull that was the Catskill Killer was to box and move (and move and move) and hope to take Tyson into the rarely encountered territory of the later rounds and start accumulating rounds. As it transpired there was precious little Frazier Junior could do to turn the tide once Tyson connected with a vicious uppercut. Enjoy this classic Tyson knockout.