Buster Douglas v. Mike Tyson (Tokyo, 1990)
Favorite: Iron Mike was at the top of his game in 1990. Only one book took odds on the fight, considered a warm-up for Tyson vs. cruiserweight champ Evander Holyfield, and Buster was a 42-1 shot.
What Actually Happened: Three weeks before the fight Douglas’ mother died, and ever since, athletes have been looking to bottle whatever that did to him. Douglas dominated Tyson from the word go and put him down for the first time in his career—and for the count—in the tenth round.
Aftermath: Douglas refused a rematch and lost his first title defense to Holyfield in the third round, retiring briefly thereafter. He later ballooned up to 400 pounds and went into a diabetic coma, then mounted a respectable comeback before retiring again at 38-6-1. Only in America.