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Hola, friends!   It’s your pop culture genius, “East Side” Dave, here!   And I need to give a birthday shout-out to Mike Tyson!

The former Heavyweight Champion of the World turns 54 today (b. June 30, 1966).

Now, I understand that “Iron” Mike is one of the best boxers of all time.  But his greatest achievement, in my controversial opinion, was to lend his name to Punch-Out…the most awesome boxing video game ever!

So, as a result, I’m making a list.   Behold!   It’s East Side Dave’s Top 5 Characters From Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!   Ring the bell!


5.) Glass Joe

In real-life boxing, this gentleman would be called a “tomato can” (an insulting term for a fighter who stinks).  Joe had very little athleticism and and even less toughness; and was an absolute pleasure to CRUSH in match one.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out - Glass Joe (KO)

This is a bit sudden because I thought I would do it while I have time. Anyway, I thought I would get started with Mike Tyson's Punch Out because this game i...


4.) Soda Popinski

This intimidating boxer from the former Soviet Union was packed with power.  Could beer muscles have been at work?  Fun Fact: Soda was originally named “Vodka Drunkenski”…..and, no, I’m not making that up.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out - Soda Popinski

While KingdomCarts prep up his strategy for Soda Popinski, I've decided to continue onwards with this in the hopes that I can conquer the World Circuit and t...


3.) Great Tiger

This magical fighter from India was lightning fast and apparently could teleport to different areas of the ring.  This man would give even the most skilled boxer problems!

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out - Great Tiger

Now we get to the good stuff... Great Tiger. There are three moves you can use on Tiger but we'll only cover two because I have a hard time with the third.Ge...


2.) King Hippo

Was he a human or animal or something more sinister?  This mysterious beast lives in my brain to this day…and I ain’t complaining.

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out - King Hippo

Alright, this time we got to tackle King Hippo. He'll go down in Phase 1 so here's a good strategy.Phase 1 - This is the only strategy that could be done. Wh...


1.) Mike Tyson 

No one was tougher to beat than “Iron” Mike himself.   An absolute legend.

How to beat Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!

Demonstration on how to beat Myke Tyson's Punchout


"East Side" Dave McDonald. Co-Host Of The Morning Rat Race (6 to 10 AM). Digital Content Contributor & Coordinator. And all-around decent human.