Man does time fly. On February 11, it will be 30 years since Columbus' James "Buster" Douglas, a 42-1 long shot, knocked out Mike Tyson in a stunning upset to become the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. With the anniversary approaching, we were honored to have Buster in studio Friday morning with WTVN's Joel Riley.
Buster, a huge part of the Columbus community, is using the anniversary to give back. Next Friday, February 7, he will be part of a 30th anniversary celebration event at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, with proceeds from the event benefiting Brightway Center. Two time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin is the Honorary Chairperson for the celebration. Archie's older brother Daryle is CEO of Brightway Center, which provides programs and services for several thousand youth each year. The organization, based in Rayland, Ohio, is expanding its programs and services to Franklin County.
The celebration at the Hyatt is from 6PM-11PM and will include a fireside chat with Buster, hosted by former Dispatch reporter Tim May, who was on hand that infamous night in Tokyo. Buster's former manager John Johnson and trainer J.D. McCauley will be part of the discussion as they look back at the incredible upset. For ticket information on the event, click here.
To hear Buster's interview with Joel and me, as were looked back at his historic upset of Mike Tyson, click here to go to Joel's podcast page.