COLUMBUS- State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) today joined state and local leaders to announce plans to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of James "Buster" Douglas' historic defeat of the legendary boxer Mike Tyson.
On February 11, 1990, James "Buster" Douglas won the undisputed heavyweight title against undefeated Mike Tyson, known as the best boxer in the world. Douglas won the fight as a 42-to-1 underdog.
The Senate recently voted in favor of Senate Concurrent Resolution 4, sponsored by Hottinger, which would designate February 11, 2020 as James Buster Douglas 42:1 Odds Day, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of Douglas’ upset over Tyson, at 42:1 odds.
"The 30 year celebration recognizes the anniversary of Buster's historic upset, but it also serves as an opportunity to celebrate the success of all who overcome incredible odds every day and give hope to anyone who might be struggling," said Senator Hottinger.
The plans announced today include workforce development and diversity programs, administered by Brightway Center in partnership with Franklin University, which celebrate the 42:1 message.
“Everyone has a 42 to 1 story. It’s wonderful to be part of a story that is positively impacting the lives of many,” Douglas said.