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Datebook: November 22 – Mike Tyson Becomes Heavyweight Champion 25 Years Ago

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On November 22, 1986, Mike Tyson was given his first title fight against Trevor Berbick for the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight championship. Tyson won the title by second round TKO, and at the age of 20 years and 4 months became the youngest heavyweight champion in history. Because of Tyson’s strength, many fighters were intimidated by him. This was backed up by his outstanding hand speed, accuracy, coordination, power, and timing. He had been undefeated previously, which granted his quick rise to stardom, and this particular bout paved the way for him to retain the champion status for four years, until his loss to Buster Douglas in Tokyo. He regained the title in 1996, but eventually lost in a disqualification in the infamous match with Evander Holyfield. Throughout his career, Tyson became well known for his ferocious and intimidating boxing style as well as his controversial behavior both inside and outside the ring. Tyson is considered to have been one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time. He is ranked No. 16 on The Ring’s list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

It’s Tuesday, November 22

The Carson Center hosts a free professional development session with poet and playwright Constance Alexander on Thursday, December 8, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. It’s for teachers of grades 5 through 12, featuring poetry writing exercises connected to the book Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson. Participants may receive 25 books free. Call Mary Katz at the Carson Center to register by December 1.

The Downtown Paris Association seeks entries for its Holly Jolly Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 10 at 6 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony at Lee Academy for the Arts with light refreshments and entertainments. Get entry forms at

The Red Hand Motorcycle Club sponsors a Toy Run Saturday at Noon, starting at the Murray Walmart and ending at the Youth Center Parking Lot off 4th Street. The entry fee is a toy or $10. Drop off donations of new, unwrapped toys or donation checks at the Youth Center. See more at

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Written by Matt Markgraf

November 22, 2011 at 10:39 am

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