This is The Result of Fighting Mike Tyson in a Street Fight
You would have to be pretty sure of yourself, or pretty stupid to get into a street fight with a professional boxer. Even more so if that fighter was Mike Tyson on his meteoric rise to greatness. But back in 1988, that is exactly what happened when fellow boxer Mitch Green confronted Tyson while shopping in New York City. Whilst the two have conflicting stories about what started the altercation, it has gone down in boxing folklore as one of the more bizarre incidents involving the prominent fighter.
It wasn’t the first time the two had punched on, but the other time was a tad more professional. Two years prior to the fabled store fight, ‘Blood’ Green had met Tyson in the ring at Madison Square Garden. The fight went the full 10 rounds which was uncommon for Tyson who normally made short work of his opponents, however, this was the second time on a matter of months that Tyson had been pushed. Tyson won the bout by unanimous decision.
But Green wanted more than his time in the ring. Perhaps hanging his hat on the accolade as being only one of two men to push Tyson so far in the ring, he confronted Tyson in “Dapper Dan’s” store in Harlem. Now depending on whose version of events you believe, a number of things could have happened. Green maintains that Tyson sucker punched him whilst Tyson protests that Green attacked him, ripping his shirt. Any punches he threw were in self-defence according to the champ.
Tyson suffered a hairline fracture to his right hand during the altercation the fracture would see his fight with Frank Bruno pushed back a number of weeks. Green, on the other hand came off a little worse. He sustained a badly swollen eye and 5 stitched across his nose. He would later attempt to sue Tyson for $2-million. The court awarded him $45k which did not even cover legal costs.
Tyson would go on that year to retain the Ring and lineal heavyweight titles as well as the WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titles when he delivered the first career loss to Michael Spinks. It also turned out to be Spinks’ final fight.
Check out interviews following the altercation on the player below as well as the night manager’s take on events.