Mike Tyson knockouts: Slow motion video shows just how brutal heavyweight boxer was

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Currently preparing for his eight-round exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. next month, recent pictures of Mike Tyson show him looking in fantastic shape.

The 54-year-old is clearly taking his clash with fellow boxing legend Jones seriously. If any fans are expecting to see "Iron" Mike look like he did in his prime, though, they are likely to be disappointed.

With the passing of time, it is perhaps easy to overlook just how destructive Tyson was in the early years of his career.

A slow motion compilation of some of his greatest knockouts on YouTube, though, truly shows what a savage Tyson was at his best.

Racing to an unbeaten record of 28-0 by the age of 20, Tyson was an absolute monster and the most feared man in the heavyweight division. Only two of those 28 opponents had survived to see the final bell as Tyson challenged then-WBC heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick for his title in November 1986.

The experienced Berbick met the same fate as almost every other Tyson opponent that night, when he was stopped in the second round. With his victory over Berbick, Tyson became the youngest world heavyweight champion in history - a record that still stands to this day.

Tyson's mauling of Berbick is, of course, included in the two-and-a-half minute slow-motion compilation. The time-delayed nature of the video ensures that every punch landed looks particularly brutal.

The first full knockout we see in the package is Tyson's stunning uppercut finish of Jose Ribalta. The massive shot nearly took Ribalta's head off his shoulders and is one of the most devastating knockouts of Tyson's career.

Finishes of the likes of Frank Bruno, Peter McNeeley and Francois Botha are also included, together with plenty of footage of Tyson looking menacing - both before fights and during training. If you have never seen Tyson in his prime, this a must-watch!

Tyson's upcoming bout will not see such drama, with the California State Athletic Commission insisting that the referee must stop the November 28 contest if it "escalates beyond the boundaries of an exhibition."

Regardless of the rules in place, there is still sure to be much interest in Mike Tyson's return to the boxing ring. We are just over a month away from fight night.

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