I’m going to post this to GQ instead of Great Debates; hopefully we won’t have to move it.
There has been some speculation since the aborted Mike Tyson-Orlin Norris fight that Iron Mikey deliberately knocked Norris down after the 1st round bell had rung.
Now, I was under the impression that after-bell punches were a fairly common occurrence, especially for very, ummm, competitive (stupid) people like Tyson. The adrenaline gets going, it’s easy not to hear the bell for a moment or two.
The ref penalized Tyson two points and was prepared to continue the fight as normal until Norris pulled out. Sounds like no big deal, but there are an awful lot of people using the issue to continue to demonize Tyson.
Question1: Are after-bell punches in fact common in pro boxing?
Question2: I didn’t see the fight; did Tyson appear to deliberately knock the guy down?
Question3: (Here’s where we might stray into GD territory.) Should Tyson lose part of the purse for the hit?
Disclaimer: IMO, Mike Tyson is a disgusting human being, a seething pustule on the rectum of humanity.