ESPN All Over Tyson-Douglas, 25 Years After

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ESPN Commemorates 25th Anniversary of Tyson vs. Douglas

ESPN will commemorate one of the greatest upsets in sports history across its platforms this week in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the epic world heavyweight title bout between Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas. The bout, which took place on February 11, 1990 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, ended in a 10th round knockout victory for the underdog Douglas, which marked the first time in his career that the then dominate and undefeated heavyweight champion Tyson had been knocked out.

ESPN2 will televise the fight tonight (2 a.m. ET) with ESPN Friday Night Fights’ Todd Grisham opening the telecast.

ESPN Classic will also televise the entire fight tonight (7 p.m., 8p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.).

In addition, Outside the Lines will include a special feature tomorrow (3 p.m., ESPN) with Douglas reflecting on the moment that made him famous. ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap will provide the report.

ESPN.com will have comprehensive content about the historic bout, including features by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael and Nigel Collins.

Other ESPN.com highlights include:·

Where were you when Douglas upset Tyson in 1990?:

Over the last two weeks the ESPN Friday Night Fights Facebook page and ESPN Boxing Twitter handle (@ESPNBoxing) have been asking fans for their reactions. A select group of responses will be featured in a story on ESPN.com.·

Video of the full fight ·

Photo galleries from the fight·

Making The Rounds, ESPN.com’s original boxing show, looks back at Douglas' 10th-round knockout over Tyson with Grisham and ESPN.com’s Brian Campbell and Rafael.

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-The Commish :

It truly was an unforgettable fight. The early onslaught by Tyson. Douglas, in the best shape of his life, coming back strong. Tyson knocking Douglas down. Douglas beating the count in what promoter Don King tried to sell as a "Long Count" so Tyson could hold onto his title. The amazing comeback of Douglas and the wearing-down and knocking down Tyson, who crawls to retrieve his mouthpiece. It was a sensationsl fight and a stunning ending. I look forward to watching ESPN's rememberance of the fight. -Randy G.


-Domenic :

If you're old enough to have witnessed the Tyson era, when he was great, this night stands out as one of those 'you'll always remember where you were' moments. My parents say that about JFK's assassination on that Friday early-afternoon in Dallas, 11/22/63. September 11, 2001, I'll always remember. I'll also always remember February 11,1990. They fought at 9am in Japan, in front of a staid crowd that reacted as if they were watching a chess match (to accommodate HBO viewership in the states). Incredible. Not suggesting the outcome would've been different, but imagine the ELECTRICITY that would have existed had that occurred in the U.S.?? This is a fascinating sporting event, top of the list for me.