Douglas may have been something of a one-hit wonder to the casual sports fan, but the Ohio native spent most of his career in the top tier of boxing's glamour division. In fact, Tyson was one of four heavyweight champions Douglas defeated, along with
Douglas had fought for the title once before, against
In other words, the perfect opponent for Tyson.
Douglas had every reason to be distracted in 1990 as the Tyson fight drew near. His mother died of a stroke 23 days before the fight, his son's mother was battling a severe kidney ailment and Douglas was struck with the flu on the day before the fight. But Douglas rose to the moment and delivered the most memorable upset in the annals of boxing.
After losing the title to
Recently, Douglas co-wrote
Last Friday, Douglas talked with SI.com about the fight, his championship reign, the state of boxing today and what he's done the past two decades.
It was ... different. I knew that it was my time because it was like all these things were going on, there's got to be something special. It was just wild that all these things were going on at the same time, it was like one thing after another. I could have easily said it's just not my time, but I was fortunate enough to see through that and stay focused.
But after winning it against all odds, it was a battle from winning the title just to hold on to it, just to be announced as the heavyweight champion -- because after the fight there was a big thing about maybe they should call it a no contest and do it over again. It was a nightmare from the outset. It was terrible. It was really [messed] up to be honest with you. They made it like, "OK, you won the fight but you're not going to enjoy it," and then I
I went to one a couple years ago at Nationwide here in Columbus and everybody in that place was on the edge of their seat. I couldn't really understand what was going on, because one guy would be on the ground, the other guy would be trying to punch him, the other guy would be trying to pull him down -- and the next thing you know it was over. But everybody was screaming and hollering and really enjoying it.
I enjoy it. It's cool, I'm earning my stripes to be on the other side. Now I can share some of my wisdom and that's pretty cool. I find enjoyment in that.