15-year-old Mike Tyson’s amateur fight does NOT last long
Mike Tyson is as dangerous a fighter as has ever stepped into the boxing ring, and even back in his early days as an amateur boxer, the teenager was already building a fearsome reputation.
Tyson had won the Junior Olympics gold medal in 1981 after KO’ing Joe Cortez in the final just 9 seconds into the fight, and in 1982 the 15-year-old was gearing up to do it all over again.
Tyson moved past his first few opponents in the 1982 Junior Olympics with ease, leading to a fight with Dan Cozad in the semi-finals.
“You tell me what you’re going to do tomorrow?” Tyson’s coach Teddy Atlas asked the young fighter after their final training session.
“I’m going to go in there, I’m going to jab to the head, then I’m going to throw an 8 to the body and then I’m going to move after I hit,” Tyson replied enthusiastically.
”What are you going to do when you get inside?” Atlas continued.
”I’m gonna open up like a son of a bitch!”
When the bell sounded for the first round a day later, he practically ran forward to engage with Cozad, landing a one-two upstairs and then a left hand to the body.
As Cozad looked to pump out his own jab, Tyson unleashed a thunderous right that floored Cozad and brought an end to the contest in just 8 seconds – a new Junior Olympics record.
Immediately after the fight, Cozad’s corner complained to officials, who then took Tyson and Atlas backstage, explaining that they had been asked to check his gloves for any foreign substances.
Despite Cozad’s team is convinced that Tyson must have been cheating to knock their man out so quickly, the Olympic officials discovered no sign of any wrongdoing after taking off his gloves and wraps.
Just a few days later Tyson would defeat Kelton Brown by TKO in 42 seconds to win the Junior Olympics for the second year in a row, helping pave the way for one of the most legendary careers in the history of the sport.