The Winner By A Knockout: Mike Tyson vs. Donovan Ruddock I Scorecard by Mark elding


scorecard by MARK ELDING
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MIKE TYSON
10
10
10
10
10
9
59
DONOVAN RUDDOCK
9
9
8
9
9
10
54

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Ruddock's entire gameplan here consisted of trying to KO Tyson with his pet left uppercut. Completely disinterested in establishing his jab and far too intent on tying Tyson up when the action moved too close for him to attempt his vaunted power punch (which generally was thrown with some length), Razor just ended up sustaining a vicious body beating.

As a result, this was a pretty simple affair for Mike from a technical perspective, albeit with the constant threat of getting caught with that undoubted power punch as his short stature placed his head in direct firing line, at least at mid range. Just as well that Tyson hadn't completely abandoned the head movement that often made him a defensive marvel only 3 years previously. And his chin proved more than reliable when Ruddock did find success in the closing minute of the sixth round, the only portion of the fight when the perceived threat in the big Canadian really emerged.

The ending, for all the controversy at the time, was only arguably premature. Ruddock did slump quite noticeably into the ropes. He would likely have been a sitting duck had Steele allowed the fight to continue.