Mike Tyson vs. Tony Tucker, billed as “The Ultimate”, was a professional boxing match contested on August 1, 1987 for the WBA, WBC and IBF Heavyweight championships.
HBO had organized the heavyweight unification series, a tournament intended to find the next Undisputed Champion. Mike Tyson was able to defeat Trevor Berbick and James Smith to capture the WBC and WBA Heavyweight titles during the series. Meanwhile, Tucker was scheduled to challenge Michael Spinks for the IBF title with the winner to meet Tyson for right to become the Undisputed Champion. Spinks, however, withdrew from his planned fight with Tucker, instead choosing to face Gerry Cooney. The IBF subsequently stripped Spinks of their title. The IBF, WBA and WBC organized a double main event on May 30, 1987 that would determine who would meet for the Undisputed Championship. Tucker would meet James “Buster” Douglas to determine the IBF champion, a match Tucker would win by 10th round technical knockout. Afterwards, Tyson and Pinklon Thomas would meet for the WBA and WBC championships with Tyson earning the victory by 6th round technical knockout, setting up the Tyson–Tucker match.