posted on Nov, 6 2006 @ 07:52 PM
I am a huge Mike Tyson Fan , however I do not believe that he can be called the greatest heavyweight of all time, and please dont go there with
greatest boxer my god , What about Duran, Pep , Robinson, Chavez , Moore, god even Dela Hoya , I'll proceed as if the OP meant the greatest
First of all In his (very short prime) he was beaten by James Douglas.
I think that there alot of fans of Tyson out there who are deluded if they belive that he was the greatest HW of all time let alone Boxer as the OP
They have become brainwashed by the Image of the "baddest man on the planet" as did many of his opponents , fear beat many of them before they even
stepped in the ring , remeber Brunos face during his ringwalk looked like a man who was about to go to the gallows.
It was Tysons own fragile mental state that would let him down , I dont care what anyone says after D'amato and Rooney he was not the same he needed
to be built up by theese guys in his corner not to mention after being seperated from that circle his technique went to pot , people forget his
awesome defense under D'amato and Rooney.
But we are talking about a prime Tyson , And even a prime Tyson I think would have been beaten for sure by a prime Ali and a prime Foreman.
Ali would confuse the hell outta Tyson dance around him fire off rapid combos , use his reach and height to stay out of the way of Tyson , frustrate
him tie him up and wear him out , I am absolutely sure that Ali wins by late stopage.
As for Forman I think that he would absorb everything Tyson threw at him , and im sure early on it would be a lot , and dish out alot more besides , I
think that a prime George Foremans hand speed was underated his chin was like Iron and his punches were like being hit by a hammer I think George
would stop him by something like round 8 , but like with Ali I am positive that he would defeat Tyson.
Then we come to other fighters who I think would stand a very good chance , Sonny Liston , prime Larry Holmes , Joe Frazier , Prime Riddick Bowe ,
Obviously Holyfield beat him but in his (Tysons') prime Holyfield was too small so I discount him.
I do not think Marciano beats Tyson , great heart great power and shorter than Tyson so as to nullify him on the Inside but really I think he was just
too small and slow to beat him although I bet he would have put up a hell of a fight.
Neither do I think that the great Joe Lois beats Tyson , I dont reckon much to his chin for standing up to many Tyson bombs, and he never did well
against oponents that swarmed like Tyson again a tough fight but Tyson would have KO'd him IMO
So basicly I think most of the greats would have had more than a chance of beating Tyson in his prime , I think Foreman and Ali would definately have
beaten him , the others I mentioned would definately give him some thing to think about.
Tysons career is sad in that I do not think that his potential was never realised , had Cus D'amato been around another 4 or 5 years I think Tyson
WOULD have become the greatest HW of all time and in that time he would have probably beaten Marcianos 49 straight wins record .
For the record heres my top 10 heavy weights of all time please feel free to comment and post any alterations you would make to my list.
1. Mohamed Ali
2. George Foreman
3. Joe Louis
4. Larry Holmes
5. Rocky Marciano
6. Joe Frazier
7. Jack Dempsy
8. Sonny Liston
9. Jack Johnson
10. Evander Holyfield
I would put Tyson 11. on that list