OK, the fact that a 19-year-old Mike Tyson dismantled once-beaten Jesse Ferguson over six rounds, prompting the fight’s end because of a reluctant foe’s persistent clinching, doesn’t exactly move the memorable needle.
But as post-fight comments go, it’s surely one of his best. And it aptly illustrates the menace that terrified opponents and titillated audiences, particularly precocious stuff for a kid in his 18th professional fight.
“What I always try to do is catch them right on the tip of the nose,” Tyson said.
“That’s because I try to push the bone of the nose right up into the brain. I hear the doctors and I know that the possibility of him getting up after that is not likely.”
Almost can’t blame Ferguson for holding on for dear life after all, right?