Mike Tyson Brutally Ended Opponent In 49 Seconds In Final Win
Mike Tyson's final victory came in the form of a brutal knockout in 49 seconds against Clifford Etienne.
Tyson took on Etienne back on February 22, 2003 at The Pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee.
'Iron Mike' was past his prime and had lost to Lennox Lewis the year prior but this fight still showed why he's one of the greats.
The fight started at a blistering pace and saw both men swinging for one another with such force they took a tumble to the mat.
Once the action restarted, it was clear that Tyson had a huge chip on his shoulder following the defeat to Lewis.
Both men tried for big swings and missed but Tyson landed a right hand that sent his opponent crashing to the mat.
Following the victory, Tyson helped his opponent up which was a common staple of his early career.
Post-fight, 'The Baddest Man on the Planet' was rather reserved in his words.
''I was just looking for an opening,'' Tyson said of the knockout, the sixth fastest of his career. ''I'm happy to win.''
Mike Tyson Vs Clifford Etienne. Brutal first round KO. Etienne managed to remove his own gum shield while ko'd also! pic.twitter.com/xEZwfWNCoP
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The fight was billed as 'Back to Business' as Tyson looked to prepare for a rematch with British fighter Lewis.
'I want two or three more fights,'' he said of the rematch. ''I'm not ready to get beat up.''
Lewis gave Tyson a deadline to agree to a rematch, which he never did.
Tyson wouldn't box again until 2004 and by then it was clear his time in the ring was nearly up.
When Mike Tyson got KOed against Danny Williams :hushed: pic.twitter.com/07wFQztm8v
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He fell to defeat against Danny Williams that year and then Kenny McBride in 2005, which ended up being his last professional fight.
Etienne on the other hand had a steep downfall following the 49 second defeat.
He was arrested in August 2005 on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and the attempted murder of a police officer.
He was found guilty in 2006 and is currently serving a 105 year sentence without parole.
Despite the tepid end to his career, at least 'Iron Mike' managed to reach 50 career wins and do it in style.
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