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Mike Tyson only needed two rounds to destroy Trevor Berbick and become the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history

At just 20 years and 150 days on November 22, 1986 – 34 years ago – Tyson began a four-year reign of destructive knockouts and intimidation at the top of the sport’s marquee division

Now 54, the former champion aims to return to former glory by taking on Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round show in Los Angeles

He claims to be as slim and light as this younger version of himself when he breathed life into the heavyweight division

Entering the fight against Berbick, Tyson was 27-0 (finished 25 by KO) and was quickly becoming the type of phenomenon unknown in the heavyweight ranks since Muhammad Ali finally hung up his gloves

Then came this muscular powerhouse with a 20 inch neck, ripped off at a correctional school via the streets of Brooklyn, New York by legendary trainer Cus D’Amato

A year earlier, in November 1985, D’Amato passed away, and the fear that Tyson, without his confidant and father figure, would find it difficult to cope with the pressure his success would bring, turned true. in the years that followed

Berbick entered the fight as the WBC champion, he had beaten Pinklon Thomas in a tournament designed to unify the top three heavyweight titles, but despite being the man in possession of the gold, he was a 7/1 underdog against Tyson

Being the champion, Berbick had the right to decide the color of the trunks, he opted for black In hopes of playing mind games with the young challenger, who had made this look menacing his trademark, as well as ankle boots and no socks, he turned on him

Despite being banned, Tyson stayed in black and was fined $ 5,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission He was more than happy to pay it off with his £ 1 handbag. million

He walked into the ballroom of the Hilton Las Vegas hotel first, his head poking through a roughly torn towel – he was focused

Berbick was next, he looked thoughtful, his hood pulled up, one comment said he looked like “the wicked witch of the west”

At the start of the first round, both men moved to the center of the ring, Berbick began trying to flex his power, while Tyson’s bob-and-weave allowed him to support the champion.

The champion landed a few punches and even an illegal blow to the back of the head, none of which confused Tyson who subsequently dominated

In the second, Tyson rocked Berbick with a huge top of his right hand and during the clinch he landed a thud right to the clinch and after missing an uppercut, connected with a left hook to the temple

It sent Berbick to the canvas, relieved of his senses, he sort of got back on his feet, but fell off the ropes Referee Mills Lane had seen enough and waved him around, Tyson shrugged shoulders casually and his corner began to celebrate

“I came here very confident and knew I wouldn’t leave this ring alive without the world championship,” Tyson said. “I threw deadly and precise punches

Over the next four years, that comment rang true Tyson unified the division until he was defeated in February 1990, in one of the biggest boxing shocks in Buster Douglas history.

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