Mike Tyson was too busy partying and f***ing maids before Buster Douglas fight

An overconfident Mike Tyson spent the build-up to his shock defeat against Buster Douglas "partying and f***ing" instead of training.

The Baddest Man on the Planet appeared unbeatable heading into the bout having seen off all 37 of his previous opponents. In fact, the odds were so stacked against Douglas that some bookies didn't even offer any. Those who did went as high as 42/1 for the underdog.

But a contest which should have been a total mismatch was swung in the other man's favour thanks to Tyson's wild antics. He wrote in his autobiography: "On January 8, 1990, I got aboard a plane to fly to Tokyo. Kicking and screaming.

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"I didn’t want to fight; all I was interested in then was partying and f***ing women. I didn’t consider Buster Douglas much of a challenge.

"I didn’t even bother watching any of his fights on video. I had easily beaten everybody who had knocked him out."

With his activities outside of the ring his primary focus, Tyson had barely trained before heading to Japan. His lack of effort was clear to see, with manager Don King having to pull him from an embarrassing public sparring session and even betting with his boxer that he wouldn't make weight.

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Tyson continued: "Besides having sex with the maids, I was seeing this young Japanese girl who I had had sex with the last time I was in Japan.

"Robin (Tyson's first wife) would go out shopping and I would go downstairs to the back of the hotel where this young girl had a room… So that was my training for Douglas.

"The day before the fight I also had two maids at the same time. And then two more girls, one at a time, the night before the fight."

He did manage to tip the scales at the sanctioned 220lbs in between his sex sessions but wasn't on point come fight night. Douglas' effective jab in the early rounds left the champion struggling like never seen before.

And it wasn't just him that hadn't prepared properly, as his team had no ice pack to give him for his increasingly swollen left eye because they didn't think he'd need one at any point.

Tyson finally found his rhythm in the eighth round and dropped Douglas with a mean uppercut. But his fellow American survived, in part thanks to a screwed-up 10-count by the Japanese timekeeper and the Mexican referee.

Douglas pushed on and knocked Tyson out in the 10th, putting him on his back for the first time in his career – but not for the first time that week…


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