Mike Tyson vs. Marvis Frazier

Mike Tyson vs. Marvis Frazier was a professional boxing match contested on July 26, 1986. The fight took place at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York, USA.

Tyson vs. Frazier
DateJuly 26, 1986
VenueCivic Center in Glens Falls, New York, U.S.
Title(s) on the lineNone
Tale of the tape
Boxer United States Mike Tyson United States Marvis Frazier
Nickname Iron Little Smoke
Hometown Catskill, New York, U.S. Wyncote, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Pre-fight record 24–0 (22 KO) 16–1 (7 KO)
Weight 217 lb (98 kg) 210 lb (95 kg)
Style Orthodox Orthodox
Tyson wins via 1st-round KO

Tyson won the fight via knockout in the first round, attaining victory within thirty seconds. This would prove to be the fastest knockout victory of Tyson’s career.

Fight information


Broadcast information


The Tyson-Frazier fight was carried by ABC as part of its Wide World of Sports anthology series. Jim Lampley was the lead commentator, with Alex Wallau as the analyst.



Tyson had been keeping busy throughout the first two years of his professional career. Entering 1986, he had fought a total of fifteen fights and won each one by knockout, with only one lasting longer than three rounds and eleven ending in the first round. Prior to fighting Frazier, Tyson had fought nine times in 1986 and defeated all but two fighters by knockout, as former championship challenger James Tillis and Mitch Green had taken him to decision victories; he also had initially defeated Jesse Ferguson by disqualification, but the fight result was changed to a knockout. Entering this fight, Tyson was rated #2 in the World Boxing Council’s ratings.

The son of former world champion Joe Frazier, Marvis was trained by his father and was regarded as an up-and-coming prospect who might some day become the heavyweight champion.[1] Frazier would eventually get a chance to fulfill those predictions, as in only his eleventh professional fight, he challenged for the linear heavyweight championship against champion Larry Holmes on November 25, 1983. in a bout that was not recognized as a title fight by the WBC. Holmes, who would later be stripped by the WBC for accepting this fight over a mandatory defense against Greg Page, dominated the younger Frazier and knocked him out in one round.[2]

Following his loss to Holmes, Frazier rebounded to win his next six fights, including unanimous decision victories over Tillis and future world champion James "Bonecrusher" Smith, to get back into contention. Frazier, however, came into his fight with Tyson as an overwhelming underdog, leading some to criticize his father, manager and trainer Joe for overmatching him.[3]

The fight


Tyson quickly had Frazier on the defensive, using his left jab to back Frazier into the ropes. Frazier then retreated to the corner where Tyson continued to use his left jab before unleashing two consecutive uppercuts, the second of which knocked Frazier unconscious. Tyson then landed several more blows before Frazier fell to the canvas, slumped against the ropes. Referee Joe Cortez began to count to ten, but as Frazier was clearly unresponsive, stopped the count at five and ended the fight. The fight lasted only 30 seconds, and was the quickest victory of Tyson's professional career.[4]



Tyson continued his blistering pace after this fight, taking a fight against Jose Ribalta less than a month after fighting Frazier and then facing Alfonzo Ratliff three weeks after that. He won both of those fights by knockout, with Ribalta lasting until the tenth round and Ratliff the second, setting up his contest against Trevor Berbick in November where he made history and became the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history.

Frazier, meanwhile, only fought three more times after Tyson knocked him out. After his last fight in 1988, Frazier became a minister and began working with prisoners through Prison Fellowship International.


  1. ^ Son of Frazier, N.Y. Times article, 1986-06-20, Retrieved on 2013-09-11
  2. ^ Holmes Stops Frazier in First, N.Y. Times article, 1983-11-26, Retrieved on 2013-09-11
  3. ^ For Marvis Frazier, Does Father Know Best?, N.Y. Times article, 1986-07-21, Retrieved on 2013-09-11
  4. ^ Tyson Says Hello, Goodbye to Frazier in Round 1, L.A. Times article, 1986-07-27, Retrieved on 2013-09-11