Today in sports history: June 27 - Mike Tyson dominates Michael Spinks in Atlantic City

Mike Tyson against Michael Spinks.
Mike Tyson against Michael Spinks. Photo credit: Getty

Some stories of the past that led sporting headlines around the world on June 27


Mike Tyson becomes the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world as he knocked out Michael Spinks 91 seconds into the first round of a championship fight in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Both fighters headed into the contest with unbeaten records, but it was Tyson who would walk away with the WBC, the WBA and the IBF belts following a dominant display in the ring. 

The bout was the last of Spinks' career who announced his retirement afterwards, ending with a 31-1 record. 

Tyson retired with a 50-6-2 record, and is currently working towards a return to the ring. 


Russian qualifier Andrei Olhovskiy caused a huge upset when he beat world No. 1 Jim Courier in the third round at Wimbledon. 

Olhovskiy won  6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 over American Courier, who was the reigning Australian Open and French Open champion.

"Some days you win, some days you lose, and some days it rains, but it didn't rain today," Courier told The New York Times. "The bottom line is I played as hard as I could and I got outplayed."

Follow American Andre Agassi went on to win the Wimbledon title, the first of eight Grand Slam titles. 


All Blacks first-five Dan Carter announces he is leaving New Zealand at the end of the year to take up a six month sabbatical with French club Perpignan in the 2008/09 French Top 14 competition.

He would only end up playing five games after rupturing his Achilles againt Stade Francais, and Perpignan went on to win the Top 14 title without the star playmaker. 

Dan Carter.
Dan Carter. Photo credit: Photosport

He recovered in time to play for his home provincial union, Canterbury, in the opening game of the 2009 Air New Zealand Cup. 

Carter is currently contracted to the Blues forte Super Rugby Aotearoa season, although he is yet to play for the Auckland side. 


The Springboks secure a famous series win over the British & Irish Lions after winning the second test 28-25 at  Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

First-five Morne Steyn landed the game-winning penalty after the full-time siren, as the Boks fought back from a 16-8 halftime deficit.

The game was overshadowed by an alleged eye-gouge by Springboks flanker Schalk Burger on Luke Fitzgerald.

Burger refused to apologise and was later suspended for eight weeks. 


Kevin Locke put his body on the line to score the NZ Warriors' match winning try against the Sydney Roosters in Christchurch. 

Kevin Locke.
Kevin Locke. Photo credit: Photosport

Locke latched onto a Lance Hohaia grubber kick, toed it ahead, then dived on the ball to score his third try of the match, slamming into one of the uprights in front of 20,721 fans.

Locke was carted off on a stretcher with a hip injury, but only missed two games. 

"He only had eyes for the ball," said Warriors coach Ivan Cleary. "You've gotta love it when the players play like that."


1970 - Former Wallabies captain John Eales

1980 - Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen

Dale Steyn.
Dale Steyn. Photo credit: Getty

1983 - South African cricket bowler Dale Steyn

1985 - Former F1 world champion Nico Rosberg 


1986 - Former All Blacks fullback George Nepia 

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