Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will be honored during the month of June as SHOWTIME Sports airs 10 of “Iron Mike’s” most memorable fights in continuation of its year-long celebration of 30 years of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®.
The sixth round of a 12-month tribute to SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® will be highlighted by 10 of Tyson’s most memorable victories – over Donovan “Razor” Ruddock (twice), Peter McNeeley, Frank Bruno II, Bruce Seldon, Frans Botha, Julius Francis, Lou Savarese, Brian Nielsen and Clifford Etienne.
The fights will air on “Throwback Thursday” during the month of June at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME® and are available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and via the network’s online streaming service.
In celebration of Iron Mike’s 50th birthday on Thursday, June 30, all 10 of the bouts will air during a “Throwback Thursday” marathon beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Below is the schedule of SHOWTIME EXTREME premieres for the month of June:
· Thursday, June 2: Tyson vs. Donovan “Razor” Ruddock I and II
· Thursday, June 9: Tyson vs. Peter McNeeley, Tyson vs. Frank Bruno II, Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon
· Thursday, June 16: Tyson vs. Frans Botha, Tyson vs. Julius Francis, Tyson vs. Lou Savarese
· Thursday, June 23: Tyson vs. Brian Nielsen, Tyson vs. Clifford Etienne
· Thursday, June 30 (Tyson’s 50th Birthday): All 10 fights will be showcased.
The hard-hitting Tyson in his prime was one fighter that boxing fans didn’t dare miss. Even while he racked up all those devastating knockouts, fans seldom complained about a brief fight.
Tyson holds the record as the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old. By winning three world heavyweight championships in four fights, Tyson became the first prizefighter to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.
On June 12, 2011, Tyson was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.