Sly saw Tyson for the first time on an undercard in Atlantic City, strictly by chance.
On October 25, 1985, just a few weeks on the job for the Times, he went down to Atlantic City to cover a match between a pair of featherweights, Calvin Grove and Dana Roston.
Tyson fought in one of the prelims against a rangy opponent named Robert Colay. With twenty pro fights (14-5-1, 8 knockouts), Colay had double the recorded experience Tyson did, but it was of no help that night.
Thirty seconds into the first round, Colay threw a left hook and missed. Moving forward, Tyson countered with a left of his own. The punch was off target, but as Colay threw the left and missed again, Tyson sprang up and slammed the business end of his left hand flush on Colay's jaw.
Colay went down hard on the seat of his white satin trunks. As the referee bent over the supine fighter, Colay brought both gloves to the side of his head as if he had ringing in his ears. By the count of five, Colay was rising up to a sitting position. His face had the look of a man who had been brought out of sleep