Myth or Fact: Is there a “Mike Tyson Rule” in Ohio? (Part 1)

If you were a sports fan in the late 1980s to early 1990s, you’re probably familiar with what I am referring to with regards to the “Mike Tyson Rule”.  “Iron” Mike Tyson was a former professional boxing champion who had devastating power in his punches.  During his career, he had 50 wins, with 44 of those coming by knockout.  Of those knockouts, an overwhelming majority came within the first three rounds, with a high percentage coming after just one or two solid punches.  The myth that was going around was that legally, Mike Tyson was required to “register” his fists as “deadly weapons” due to the lethal power generated by his punches.  The impact of this was that if Mike Tyson got into a fist fight with someone, he could be charged and prosecuted as if he had used a deadly weapon (i.e., knife, baseball ball) in the fight.

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