This Day In Sports History (July 31st) — Nolan Ryan
This Day In Sports History (August 1st) — Mike Tyson
It was on this day in 1987 that Mike Tyson beat Tony Tucker in 12 rounds to earn the International Boxing Federation(IBF) Heavyweight title. With the victory, Tyson became the first heavyweight in boxing history to own all three major belts (IBF, WBA and WBC) at the same time.
The fight between Tyson and Tucker took place at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. In an attempt to challenge and defeat all of the top heavyweights in the world, Tyson had already won the WBC title in November 1986 after knocking out Trevor Berbick in the second round, and in March 1987 he earned the WBA title via unanimous decision over James Smith. His victory over Tucker five months later would up his record to 31-0, and earn him the label as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Tyson would successfully defend all three of his titles in his following six bouts, but he would go on to lose his seventh title defense to Buster Douglas in February of 1990.
Here is a look at the post-fight interviews following Tyson’s bout with Tucker.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Soccer -Born on August 1, 1984 (age 29) in Kolbermoor, West Germany
Edgerrin James, NFL -Born on August 1, 1978 (age 35) in Immokalee, Florida
Anton Stralman, NHL – Born on August 1, 1986 (age 27) in Tibro, Sweden