On April 22, 2001, a 15 to 1 underdog named Hasim Rahman would shock the world by knocking out the dominant, universally-recognized heavyweight champion at the time, Lennox Lewis.
At the Landers Center in Southaven, MS, James Toney (74-7-3, 45 KOs) defeated bare-knuckle fighter Bobby Gunn (21-5-1, 18 KOs) in 5 rounds to score his first official stoppage victory since halting journeyman Matthew Greer in 2009.
There is nothing more sacred in the sport of boxing than the coveted title of Heavyweight Champion of the World. At this very moment some young man is lacing up the gloves for the first time and shadow boxing in a mirror, dreaming that one day he will wear that glorious belt, that his name will be mentioned in the same breath as Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali.
Well, technically, yes the Rock does floor Mike Tyson at the Hit Factory Gym in Las Vegas but it isn't Iron Mike, its Mike Tyson, male nurse from Zeeland, Michigan.
On April 22nd, 2001, a young fighter from the streets of Baltimore, Maryland, with a checkered past and a very limited amateur background, shocked the world in Brakpan, South Africa, by defeating a heavily favored Lennox Lewis to become the last American lineal Heavyweight Champion.