The pay-per-view cost for the fight was $44.95. (And people want to complain about Kentucky football and basketball ticket prices?) Seats in Freedom Hall went for much more - and people lined up to buy the remaining seats to where promoters said over 12,000 seats were sold.
So many people were ready to anoint Tyson the king of boxing again that they apparently not only forgot his troubled past, but they also forgot his age and that he might be just a tad bit rusty after not fighting for 17 months. And don't forget that in his previous fight, Tyson was pummeled by Lennox Lewis.
Williams obviously was not intimidated. He might not be a member of boxing's elite list of fighters, but he also correctly noted that Tyson was no longer anyone to fear.
"People forget this isn't a peak Mike Tyson. This was a Mike Tyson who is 38 years old," Williams told The Associated Press after the fight. "I thought I could win."
Prevailing theory was Tyson was too strong, too experienced
Not many others did. He was a 9-1 underdog, and most thought that was generous. The prevailing theory was that Tyson was too strong, too experienced for Williams to last more than a few rounds.
Tyson won the first three rounds. However, Williams would not back down and when he got his chance to put Tyson away in the fourth round, he delivered.
Hopefully this will be the end of Mike Tyson. If he's supposed to be the savior of boxing, then the sport needs to go down like the Titanic.
Tyson always made more news with his bizarre behavior - remember, he did bite off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear during a fight - than with his boxing skills. He was a big puncher, but not a great fighter.
Outside the boxing ring, he said and did ridiculous things, including some that were against the law. Remember, he is a convicted rapist.
Tyson got just what he deserved in this bout. If ever anyone needed to be beaten down, lose to an unknown fighter and have millions of dollars snatched away from him, it was Tyson.
This was not an upset. It was justice. Finally Tyson got a feel for the humiliation he's always liked to dish out to others and, on second thought, that might have been worth paying $44.95 to see.