Published: March 3, 2005
6 March. Today exactly 20 years ago Mike Tyson turned pro at the
age of 18. After a successfull amateur-carreer Mike Tyson now stepped
into the ring as a professional. It was a new game for the 18-year old.
He would be up against stronger more mature competition. It was on this
day the notorious one-fight-a-month schedule started (a bold and
amazing series of fights in an extreme short period that catched
everybody’s eyes and has never been seen again) with Hector Mercedes as
Mikes first month opponent. Mike stalked his opponent and in two
minutes forty-five seconds of the first round Mike Tyson knocked out
Hector Mercedes. The foreward rushing force of nature approach that was
to become so familiar had claimed it’s first victim..
It was a result (KO1) that would become Mikes trademark as he today
began to wreak havoc on the heavyweight division.
When a reporter after the fight today commented to Cus D’Amato that
it was an easy win. ‘The term is quick, not easy.’ the wise old Cus
(D’Amato) replied. ‘This guy Mercedes came to fight, Mike did his job
Feel free to relive this memorable moment together with many fellow
Tyson fans by watching Mike Tysons amazing first pro fight serie starting with (short) footage of Tyson-Mercedes *CLICK HERE*.