20 years ago today, Mike Tyson won his comeback fight in 89 seconds

SHARE 20 years ago today, Mike Tyson won his comeback fight in 89 seconds
SHARE 20 years ago today, Mike Tyson won his comeback fight in 89 seconds

After spending three years in prison for a rape conviction, Mike Tyson returned to the ring on Aug. 19, 1995, for his much ballyhooed comeback vs. Peter McNeeley. Billed as “He’s Back,” the fight was broadcast to 90 countries on six continents. It grossed $96 million worldwide and a then-record $63 million on pay-per-view. The fight lasted 89 seconds.

As is often the case in boxing, the fight ended controversially, some even saying it was fixed. Tyson made $25 million and went to make millions more, despite losing five of his next 15 bouts. McNeeley, who had one previous loss, took home a little more than a half million and never had another big payday. He lost five of his next 16 matches before retiring in 2001.

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