Twenty years ago yesterday two significant events occurred. First and more importantly Nelson Mandela was released from Robben Island Prison after 27 years for protesting Apartheid rule in South Africa.
Later that night the unimaginable would occur. Approximately 8,500 miles away in Tokyo, Japan - James “Buster” Douglas, a 42-1 underdog would knockout then undefeated heavyweight champion “Iron” Mike Tyson in what would easily become one of the greatest upsets in sports history. Tyson at the time was seemingly indestructible, destroying opponents with a ferocity rarely seen in the ring.
Douglas’ victory over Tyson was one of those, “Where were you?” moments in my sports lifetime.
So I’m curious to know, where were you?