The Last Great Fight

The Last Great Fight

The Extraordinary Tale of Two Men and How One Fight Changed Their Lives Forever

Book - 2007
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It is considered by many to be the biggest upset in the history of boxing: James "Buster" Douglas knocked out then-undefeated and seemingly invincible Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson in the tenth round in 1990.

The Last Great Fight takes readers not only behind the scenes of this epic battle, but inside the lives of two men, their ambitions, their dreams, the downfall of one and the rise of another.

Using his exclusive interviews with both Tyson and Douglas, family members, the referee, the cutmen, trainers and managers, commentators and HBO staff covering the fight in Tokyo, Layden has crafted a human drama played out on a large stage. This is a compelling tale of shattered dreams and, ultimately, redemption.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312353315
Branch Call Number: 796.83 L452L 2007
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 20, 2015

When I was a kid, Mike Tyson was truly a larger-than-life figure. His fights (or massacres) on PPV were always must-see events and I can still remember playing Punch-Out for hours on my Nintendo. So in 1990, when he got beat by Buster Douglas, a 42-1 underdog, it was HUGE. And author Joseph Layden does an excellent job documenting the events leading up to this historic fight and how it altered the lives of both boxers. More importantly, Layden argues that the sport of boxing has never been the same - a thesis I completely agree with. As the heavyweight division goes, so does the entire sport. Lennox Lewis, the Klitschkos and various others have never captured the public's imagination like Tyson did. But after his loss to Douglas, the sport failed to rebound from its glory days in the 80s.


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