Motivation Monday: Buster Douglas: “Because of My Mother” Conner Rowntree / June 26, 2017 – 11:00am
Here at Tree’s Three3 we would like to take a moment to appreciate the most valuable person in any child’s life, our mothers. Today is Mother’s Day, remember without her you wouldn’t be here! So take some time today to call that wonderful lady, and let her know how much she means to you. I can honestly say, without my momma I would not be in the position I am today, so let’s all be a little more like Buster Douglas, and fight for our Mom’s day in and day out.
It’s the weekend.
On February 11, 1990 in Tokyo, Japan, James “Buster” Douglas stunned the world. The 29 year-old Columbus, Ohio native did something no man had done before; he knocked out “The Baddest Man on the Planet” Mike Tyson. In the post-fight interview, when asked how he did the impossible, Douglas broke down and said, “Because of my mother… God bless her heart.”
Leading up to the title bout in February 1990, experts and fans alike, saw the “Tyson is Back!” fight as a tune up fight for the 37-0 champ before facing #1 contender Evander Holyfield. Tyson was coming off a 93-second title defense knockout of Carl “The Truth” Williams. At the time, Ring Magazine ranked Tyson not only the best heavyweight, but also the top pound-for-pound boxer in the world. Douglas, on the other hand, was the seventh-ranked heavyweight and was a 42-1 underdog.
Despite being a foolish bet according to Vegas, Douglas was riding a six-fight win streak heading into his second title shot against Tyson. His last loss came when he was vying for the belt against Tony Tucker, three years earlier. In spite of being up against a much tougher opponent in Tyson, Douglas revealed in an interview with dailymail.com why he believed he could beat Tyson.
“I believed in myself and that I had the ability to do that. It’s something that my mother instilled in me at a very young age: You can do whatever you want.”
A mere 23 days before the scheduled bout, disaster struck the Douglas camp, as Douglas’ mother, Lula Pearl passed away.
“I was distraught. I was just in a shell. No one could understand my plight. I lost my best friend, my mother. I had really no one to turn to,” the fighter remembered.
Buster had a choice. He could give up there and mourn the death of his mother or he could rise to the challenge and fight back. In the eighth round, of a grueling back and forth fight, Tyson knocked Douglas down. Douglas could have given up and let his dream die in the ring. Instead, he remembered what his mother taught him and he chose to fight back.
From the starting bell in the ninth round, Tyson could smell blood. He came out like a possessed beast, desperately trying to save his belt. Somehow, Douglas weathered a barrage of iron fists to conclude the round.
In the tenth, Buster made his stand. He picked his moment and landed a terrific four shot combination that sent Tyson to the canvas. For the first time in his dominant career, Mike Tyson had not only been defeated, but was knocked out.
In no world will Douglas go down as the better, more talented, or more successful fighter. One thing history will remember is that James “Buster” Douglas knocked out “Iron” Mike Tyson.