DON KING HEAVYWEIGHT UNIFICATION SERIES

BOTH IN, AND JUST COMING IN TO  THE TOURNAMENT IN CHRONOLOGICAL FIGHT  ORDER

 
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20 FIGHTERS 1st STAGE

Some of these fighters will not be in the tournament yet , but all will be in there fight order. 

 The fighters in , will be in capitals

TREVOR BERBICK vs PINKLON THOMAS (WBC)

TIM WITHERSPOON vs FRANK BRUNO (WBA)

MICHAEL SPINX vs LARRY HOLMES      (IBF)

Fighters officially not yet in, but soon will be, the winners of the fights below.

Bonecrusher Smith vs David Bey, Buster Douglas vs David Jaco , James Broad vs Wesley Smith , Steffen Tangstad vs John Westgarth , Dee Collier vs Eric Curry, Mike Tyson vs Alfonzo Ratliff, and finally Tony Tucker vs Otis Bates.

The winners went to the next round. (Inset WITHERSPOON vs BRUNO)

 

SUMMARY

The idea behind the series originated with Don King and HBO sports president Seth Abraham in October 1985 . and  announced at the TIM WITHERSPOON vs TONY TUBBS January 1986. That fight is now looked on as a prelude to the series. TIM WITHERSPOON won and went in the tournament Tubbs was given another chance in the series, but said he was recovering a injury BONECRUSHER SMITH took is place.

 

EDITORS NOTE

I have broke this down in to five parts, it was a complicated series with a new fighter entry at different stages so it takes a bit of unravelling. This is not a normal 8-4-2-winner, world series . 

Because three already started of as world champs and Spinx pulling out !

Add to that PINKLON THOMAS coming back in the series after the first stage LOSS to TREVOR BERBICK to fight MIKE TYSON before the final, i still cannot work out. I did say it was complicated!!!! So i left it out.

 
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QUARTER  FINAL

MIKE TYSON BRUTALLY WINS W.B.C.HIS FIRST TITLE, THE YOUNGEST EVER AT 20.OVER TREVOR BERBICK.

BONECRUSHER SMITH KOs TIM WITHERSPOON FOR W.B.A. BELT

MICHAEL SPINX K.O.s STEFFEN TANGSTAD RETAINS I.B.F.

MICHAEL SPINX STRIPPED OF I.B.F

(For fighting non I.B.F. Gerry Cooney. Spinx  pictured)


James Douglas vs Dee Collier, Tony Tucker vs James Broad

( Still not quiet in)

 
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SEMI FINAL

BONECRUSER SMITH  LOSES W.B.A. TITLE TO MIKE TYSON W.B.C.ON POINTS.

TONY TUCKER WIN OVER BUSTER DOUGLAS TKO. FOR VACANT I.B.F.

(Bonecrusher pictured)

 

MIKE TYSON VS TONY TUCKER

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MIKE TYSON WINS UNIFICATION

MIKE TYSON BEATS TONY TUCKER IN FINAL ON POINTS
August 1 1987
W.B.A / W.B.C. / I.B.F.