Mike Tyson's best KO? Iron Mike brutally dropped opponent in 8 seconds in Junior Olympic final

Mike Tyson scored a brutal eight-second knockout in the earlier stages of his boxing career as he took home the gold medal at the 1981 Junior Olympics which signified his potential.

Known for his insane punching-power and tenacity, Tyson became the greatest heavyweight of his generation and quite arguably of all time.

Holding a professional record of 50-6-2, his 20-year long career had its highs and lows but Tyson defeated some of the very best and had some absolute classics.

Now 53, ‘Iron Mike’ no longer participates inside the ring for obvious reasons, but he is busier now more than ever.

Mike Tyson’s post-boxing career

In recent years, the former world champion has taken up things such as acting in cameo roles in films and TV shows, being the host of his own podcast and many more.

Some of his most notable cameos include The Hangover (2009), where he played a fictionalized version of himself, as well as Rocky VI (2006) and IP Man 3 (2015).

On his podcast Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, he interviews and has conversations with people from various different fields such as boxers, MMA fighters, actors, musicians and athletes from other different sports.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Mike Tyson exits the ring after receiving a split draw against Roy Jones Jr. during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)

Some of his most famous guests include Emimem, Francis Ngannou, Tyson Fury, Andy Ruiz Jr. and former rival, Evander Holyfield.

He’s also had a few documentaries released about his life and released an autobiography called Undisputed Truth in November 2013.

There is also a biographical drama about his life called Mike, which you can watch on Disney Plus in the UK and Hulu internationally.

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Tyson has also appeared on numerous professional wrestling shows across the years, most recently with All Elite Wrestling and was inducted into WWE’s celebrity wing of their Hall of Fame in 2012.

Who could forget when he aligned himself with D-Generation X during the Attitude Era, albeit he was still an active professional boxer at the time.

Mike Tyson’s massive 8-second KO

Now with all that being said, let’s take a look at this knockout.

At just 15 years of age, one of Tyson’s earliest great successes was at the 1981 Junior Olympics where he would go on to win the heavyweight competition’s gold medal.

Video: Mike Tyson lands massive 8-second KO at Junior Olympics

In the fight which lasted just eight seconds, ‘Iron Mike’ was the aggressor from the word go and his opponent, Joe Cortez, didn’t know what had hit him.

In a flash, Tyson would hit a right hook followed by a devastating and powerful left hook to knock Cortez out and just like that, the fight was called off and Tyson was already celebrating before the referee called for the bell.

This showcased his early potential and just how powerful his punches were, which would be a running theme throughout his dominant professional career.

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