Buster Douglas, whose knockout of Mike Tyson in 1990 ranks as one of the most stunning upsets in sports history, would like a rematch.
Douglas made the comments after watching Tyson return to the boxing ring Saturday night at the age of 54 and fight Roy Jones Jr. to a draw in an eight-round exhibition.
“Sure, I would welcome the opportunity,’’ Douglas told USA TODAY Sports. “Being a prizefighter all those years and still feeling pretty good today, you always feel you got one more fight in you.’’
Tyson has said he intends to fight again. After his bout with Jones Saturday night — Tyson’s first fight in 15 years — he floated the idea of boxing a European fighter in the south of France.
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In this 1990 photo, James "Buster" Douglas, right, hits Mike Tyson with a hard right during their world heavyweight title bout at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. (Photo: Sadayuki Mikami, AP)
Douglas, 60, has not fought professionally since 1999. But he said he works with amateur fighters in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and could be ready to fight in six to eight weeks.
Thirty years ago, Douglas was a 42-to-1 underdog heading into his fight against Tyson, who at the time was 37-0 with 33 knockouts.
On Feb. 11, 1990 in Tokyo, Douglas knocked him out in the 10th round.
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There was no rematch.
‘I’ve been asked about it in casual conversation,’’ Douglas said. “They always ask, ‘Why didn’t you guys have a rematch?’
“It was just never presented really, as far as a rematch. It was often mentioned. That’s about it.’’
Douglas called Tyson’s fight against Jones at the Staples Center in Los Angeles "pretty impressive.’’
“It was pretty competitive,’’ he said. “A couple of guys that were past their prime but put a good effort in there. Entertaining.’’
Kevin McBride is yet another boxer who said he’d like a rematch with Tyson. The two fought June 11, 2005, when during the last professional fight of his career Tyson refused to come out for the seventh round.
“I was sad to see him quit on the school,’’ McBride, 47, told USA TODAY Sports. “I’d love to finish it in the ring, one way or another.’’
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