On this Day in Fistiana…
Mike Tyson vs. Buster Mathis Jr.
December 16, 1995
On this day in fistiana in 1995, Mike Tyson beat a Buster, but no, not that Buster, this was Buster Mathis Jr son of the former heavyweight contender and an opponent who was actually shorter than Iron Mike, the only time he ever faced a more diminutive foe. And quite frankly on this night, Mike's second fight out of the slammer, Tyson didn't look all that impressive, missing with both hands and getting winded before finishing Buster off with a couple short uppercuts in the 3rd. The whole card however was an impressive Don King marathon show, featuring ten fights including several stars of the era and of all time(see below). It was also offered on regular commercial television on a Saturday night on FOX after so many had been disappointed with Tyson's first fight after being released from prison, his 89 second bout versus Peter McNeeley in August of that year.