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Buster Douglas: the upset's other side

Stunning Mike Tyson 20 years ago was life-altering, but not always in a good way

Originally Published: February 12, 2010
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

Finally awake after a three-day diabetic coma, Buster Douglas had a raw moment of clarity.

"I almost lost my freaking life over this silly s---," Douglas thought. "I got to get out of this pity party."

Douglas' epiphany came just four years after he defeated Mike Tyson in what many still recognize as the greatest upset in sports history. Douglas lay in an Ohio hospital, diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. He was severely overweight with a blood-sugar count that looked ...

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