Mike Tyson vs Jose Ribalta

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Mike Tyson vs Jose Ribalta
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Sunday, August 17, 1986
Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
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Rudy Battle


Attendance: 970

Mike Tyson knocked Jose Ribalta down three times before stopping him in the tenth and final round. Tyson floored Ribalta with a right hook to the body, massive right uppercut combination in the second and a left hook drove Ribalta halfway through the ropes and down in the eighth. Early in the 10th, Tyson dropped Ribalta with a left hook. After Ribalta rose at the count of four, Tyson unleashed a flurry of clean hooks to the head that prompted Rudy Battle to stop the fight.

Mike Tyson 25-0 (23 KOs) vs. Jose Ribalta 22-3-1 (15 KOs)
Tyson entered ranked as the # 1 heavyweight contender by the WBA and # 2 by the WBC. Ribalta was ranked as the # 8 contender by the WBA.
Ribalta was fighting at his lightest in over two and a half years and was 9.5 pounds less that in his previous bout two months earlier.
Going into the tenth round, Tyson led 9-0, 8-1, 7-2 on the judges' score cards.
In the late rounds, some in attendance chanted "Jose", a credit to the courage Ribalta showed.
It was the second knockout loss of Ribalta's professional career.

"He's just a strong fighter. I don't think he's a smart fighter. He just relies on strength." - Jose Ribalta in the pre-fight buildup
"He had it in his mind he'd come to fight and I commend him. He fought back. He had the idea he was going to survive. He was hurt pretty bad, but I couldn't finish him. I was disappointed. I had a bad night." - Mike Tyson

"Tyson remains unbeaten by stopping Ribalta in 10th" (1986, Aug. 18) The Palm Beach Post p. 5C. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AfojAAAAIBAJ&sjid=P9sFAAAAIBAJ&dq=m...

"Tyson Stops Ribalta, Improves to 26-0" (1986, Aug. 18) The Schenectady Gazette p.28 http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9A8hAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bnIFAAAAIBAJ&dq=t...

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