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Can Tiger recover from his Buster Douglas moment?


One happened in Tokyo in 1990, the other in Minnesota in 2009. One marked the beginning of the end for Tiger Woods reacts after a missed green on the 18th hole during the third round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, August 7, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Munden (the predominate athlete of his sport, the question now is, did the other also mark the end of dominance for Tiger Woods.

Mike Tyson’s reputation seemed to intimidate opponents before they even stepped into the ring. Before the fight in Tokyo, Tyson was unbeaten as a professional and routinely knocked his foes out in the first round.

That all changed 35 seconds into the 10th round when massive underdog Buster Douglas knocked Tyson out for the first time in his career, cementing one of the greatest upsets in boxing. It was a knockout Tyson would never completely recover from.

Tyson would go on to win subsequent fights and even regain a title for a brief time. But the man who some thought early in his career would be considered the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time had become a punching bag both in and out of the ring.