March 16, 1996 – Iron Mike Tyson got a piece of his undisputed heavyweight championship back by stopping Frank Bruno in the third round before a roaring crowd of more than 16,000 at the MGM Grand Garden.
Five-thousand British fans chanting “Bruno! Bruno! Bruno!” before the opening bell. But Tyson quickly silenced them as he dominated the defending WBC champion from Britain.
“It’s my time,” Bruno had said. But from the opening seconds, it was Tyson’s time and when it was over, he threw up his arms and fell to his knees.
The end came with Bruno sitting on the lower strand of ropes after a tremendous Tyson barrage. Referee Miles Lane called a halt after 50 seconds into the third round.
“I’m a ferocious fighter,” Tyson said before the match, and while he was often wild in only his third bout of a comeback that started in August of ’95, was too much for the 34-year-old Bruno.
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