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10. Lou Savarese

At a damp Hampden Park in Glasgow, Savarese hit the floor – and so did the referee.

“A left hook landed bang on the button, Savarese’s body sagged and his hands dropped,” remembered referee John Coyle. “I didn’t want Tyson to have any free shots, so I called: ‘Stop boxing’ and physically stood between them. I was about to say: ‘Sorry, kid’ to Savarese to console him and then wallop! I felt a crunch on my shoulder and I was down.”

Tyson was so intent on smashing Savarese into oblivion that he simply ignored Coyle’s demand to stop boxing and carried on his attacks until he spotted his cornermen entering the ring.

“I must have stopped hundreds of fights,” said Coyle, “and it was the only fight when it was the winner who wanted to carry on! Tyson really wanted to put the guy away. I had to stop him doing what he wanted to do – and he took some convincing!”

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