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5. Mike Tyson KO 5 Frans Botha – 1999

Mike Tyson was in the twilight stage of his career at this stage. Tyson was in need of a big win here to prove he was still relevant in the heavyweight division. following two back-to-back defeats against Evander Holyfield, the obituaries for his career were already being written again.

Botha easily controlled the early goings in this bout. You could make an argument he had taken the first four rounds on the scorecards, furthermore, Tyson had looked wild and reckless all fight.

Many had thought by the time the fifth round came along, Tyson was headed to a decision loss. Tyson’s frustration had begun to spill over and he was venting by attempting to break Botha’s arm in the clinch at the end of the first round.

However with just under twenty seconds to go in the first round, Tyson turned back the hands of time. ‘Iron Mike’ caught Botha coming in with an almighty right hand. The shot was so powerful, it sounded different to other knockouts and it left Botha disorientated and stumbling all over the ring.

With this knockout, Tyson showed he was still a major player in the heavyweight division, beating a man who had beaten the former world champion, Michael Moorer.

Furthermore, he showed he was still a one-punch knockout artist and continued onto a collision course with the current heavyweight kingpin, Lennox Lewis.

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