Mike Tyson Bloodies Sammy Scaff – This Day In Boxing History (December 6, 1985)

Tyson was only 19 years old.

A young Mike Tyson served Sammy Scaff his first loss over 30 years ago. 

Tyson kept his undefeated 13-0 record by defeating Scaff via TKO in the first round of a scheduled 10-round bout.  

“I’ve only been fighting nine months and I’m only nineteen years old. Someone that’s only been fighting for nine months and nineteen years old and now they want me to fight for the title and they want me to fight a contender. That’s absurd in the boxing business. That’s just absurd,” Tyson said in the post-fight interview. 

Seventeen seconds into the fight, Tyson landed a left hook that caused Scaff’s nose to bleed heavily; it was later revealed to be a broken nose. 

Tyson continued to press as Scaff retreated and tried to get some action by throwing an occasional wild hook.  

Another left hook would put Scaff on the mat. He struggled to get up, so the referee waved off the fight. 

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