Mike Tyson vs Conroy Nelson
Mike Tyson 12-0 (12 KOs) vs. Conroy Nelson (Conroy's record was announced as 19-5-2 (14 KOs) and appeared on the poster as 19-5-1.
Tyson came forward in the opening round and threw power punches, with success to the body, against a circling Nelson, who occasionally threw a decent jab and kept his gloves high. A left hook to the body that got around Nelson's elbow hurt him and likely caused his knee to touch 50 seconds into the first round. It was not ruled a knockdown and action continued. A followup right hand wobbled him, but he was able to cover up well enough to get through the barrage. To his credit, Nelson caught Tyson with a good right uppercut at 1:36. Much of the second half of the opening round was fought on the inside, with Tyson landing hooks to the body. Tyson ducked under a left hook and landed a left hook that put Nelson down on his back 16 seconds into Round 2. Nelson spat out his mouthpiece and staggered to his feet just after the referee reached the count of ten.
"Was a very good fighter, experienced fighter, was a good fighter, but a friend of mine from Canada (inaudible) was telling me about him and he'd either clutch or try to hold all the time. He surprised me because he wasn't trying to hold, he was fighting. Maybe he was a little leery about the punching power. He took some good shots and if it had been anybody else they would've quit." - Mike Tyson in the post-fight interview