This Day in Music History (Sort Of)

Thanks to our friends over at History.com we learned that it was this day in 1990 that Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson, the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, in 10 rounds at a boxing match in Tokyo, Japan.

Let’s learn some more and tie this back in musically…

James “Buster” Douglas began boxing professionally in the 1980s and was considered a talented fighter, but it was believed he lacked the motivation to become a champion. By contrast, Tyson had become the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history when he defeated Trevor Berbick by knockout in 1986, when he was just 20 years old.

Nicknamed “Iron Mike,” Tyson intimidated other boxers with his fast, powerful punches. Going into the February 11, 1990, match with Buster Douglas, Tyson seemed invincible and was considered a 42-1 favorite to win. However, from the start, Douglas managed to dominate the fight. He was said to have been motivated by the pain of his mother’s death several weeks before the match. Tyson, on the other hand, didn’t seem to have his heart in the fight, although he knocked Douglas to the ground at the end of the eighth round. Douglas was able to get back up and went on to knock out Tyson and win the fight in the 10th round of the scheduled 12-round match. His victory was considered one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

Douglas’s reign as heavyweight champ was short-lived. After defeating Tyson, he fought Evander Holyfield in October 1990. Douglas lost the fight in three rounds and afterward announced his retirement from boxing, although he staged a brief comeback in the late 1990s.

The loss to Douglas was the beginning of a long, downward spiral for Tyson: In 1992, he was convicted on rape charges and served three years in prison. In 1996, he won the World Boxing Council title but lost to Evander Holyfield later that year. During a 1997 rematch, Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear and was temporarily banned from boxing. In 2002, after instigating a pre-fight brawl with Lenox Lewis, Tyson’s Nevada boxing license was revoked. The match was moved to Memphis, where Tyson lost the fight. In 2003, despite having earned hundreds of millions of dollars, he declared bankruptcy and in 2006, he was arrested on drug charges.

And now, some musical accompaniment.

First (of course) is the LL Cool J jam “Mama Said Knock You Out”

Next is the Chemical Brothers song “The Boxer” with a video that has no boxing, but instead a possessed basketball.  For some reason.

“The Boxer” from Simon & Garfunkle’s performance at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  We picked this version solely for Art’s shirt.

Next, “Dark Side of the Moog” by a band we’ve never heard of before, but since they’re called The Boxing Lesson they’ll work for this.

Another band we’ve never heard of The Young Punx with Count Bass D and a song called “Ready For The Fight”

It’s a stretch, but it’s a catchy as hell song, so here’s “Just Got Lucky” by JoBoxers

And of course…

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