On February 16th, 1986, Mike Tyson squared off against Jesse Ferguson in his national TV debut in a heavyweight matchup at Houston Field House on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Tyson entered the bout with a perfect 16-0 record, but some posited that Ferguson would present problems for young Mike Tyson. These skeptics were soon put to bed, as although the fight did enter the 6th round, Tyson absolutely
dominated the bout, pummeling Ferguson through the first 4 rounds before landing one of the most devastating sequences of punches in boxing history: an onslaught of body shots and deadly uppercuts that would ultimately break Ferguson’s jaw and
send him bouncing off the ropes before tumbling to the canvas. Ferguson managed to get to his feet, but the fight was quickly called off in Round 6 as Ferguson repeatedly grabbed on to Mike for dear life, causing referee Luis Rivera to wave off the fight,
giving Mike the TKO victory. The victory over Ferguson continued Mike’s rising dominance in the heavyweight division and further solidified his title as “The Baddest Man on the Planet”.
With creative oversight from Mike Tyson, The Baddest Man on the Planet collector’s edition NFT celebrates Mike’s iconic victory over Jesse Ferguson from the color palette and perspective of Cory Van Lew.
This NFT is limited to 250 editions.
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