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Douglas celebrates 30th anniversary of upset by dropping puck in Columbus

Ohio native, boxer who stunned Tyson honored before Lightning-Blue Jackets

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Buster Douglas drops the puck

TBL@CBJ: Buster Douglas drops ceremonial puck

Columbus native and former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Buster Douglas drops the puck before the Blue Jackets host the Lightning

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Two of the greatest underdogs from Columbus joined forces Monday.

James "Buster" Douglas celebrated the 30th anniversary of his legendary upset over Mike Tyson by dropping the puck before the Columbus Blue Jackets home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Douglas, a Columbus native, was a 42-to-1 underdog in his bout against the previously unbeaten Tyson but shocked the sports world by knocking him out in the 10th round in Tokyo on Feb. 11, 1990.

He came out to support the 2019 Blue Jackets, who finished 30 points behind the record-setting Lightning last spring but swept Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference First Round. 

Douglas, wearing a personalized Blue Jackets jersey, received a hero's welcome from the crowd for Tampa Bay's first game against Columbus since the Stanley Cup Playoffs before dropping the puck for Nick Foligno and Victor Hedman. 

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