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When 15-Year-Old Mike Tyson Brutally Knocked Out Joe Cortez In Just Eight Seconds

When 15-Year-Old Mike Tyson Brutally Knocked Out Joe Cortez In Just Eight Seconds

The year is 1981 and a young Mike Tyson was quickly making a name for himself in the world of boxing. He was an animal. An unstoppable force.

Just take his Junior Olympic gold medal fight against Joe Cortez, for example.

Tyson's famous speed and agility is clear to see, even at the tender age of 15. He is incredibly developed and skilled in the ring and as a result, his opponent had no chance.

In the opening seconds of the round, a young Tyson almost runs towards a helpless Cortez, throwing lefts and rights like a man possessed.

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It took him just under 10 seconds to flatten Cortez, and the rest is history. Tyson would go on to win the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympics and a dominant career in the heavyweight division would follow.

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But despite his legacy in the sport, Tyson was not voted the greatest boxer of all time by SPORTbible's audience in 2018.

The legendary Muhammad Ali was instead named the best of all time, beating the likes of Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and Sugar Ray Robinson to the title.

In an online poll, SPORTbible's audience gave Alli the majority of the vote as 'The Greatest' maintained a huge lead throughout, eventually receiving a total of 59% in the overall standings.

Floyd 'Money' Mayweather was miles behind in second place with 19% while Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Robinson came in third and fourth with 16% and 6% respectively.

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Do you think Mike Tyson is one of the all-time greats?

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Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Baddest Man on the Planet, Boxing, Iron Mike

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.