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  • At his best he was the best, ever

    Mike had a difficult life, he did a lot of bad choices and destroyed his career, and his future reputation.
    But at his best, he was unbeatable. He was a pure boxing machine. At the top of his game he would most certainly destroy any contender, be it Mohammed Ali or Evander Holyfield.

  • Tyson is the best

    Tyson is a boxer that comes only once every few generations or so. It was destined for him to be the best boxer, being discovered in jail by a guard this was no coincidence, then moving to the catskills to train with Cus D'Amato and the genius teddy atlas. The precocious athlete displayed unheard of power and speed and agility, and could take a hit if necessary. In the ring, with the help of teddy atlas, the peak boo style unleashed Tysons fury to a mythical status. Tyson was untouchable, and would make men quiver with fear in the ring. Had he stayed with teddy atlas, and not fallen into the dark side with don king, he would have stayed sharp and defeated buster douglass, holyfield, lewis. And should he have met the klitchkos, they would have been destroyed in the ring as well. Tyson didn't lose because he wasn't good, he lost b/c he lost direction and his mental state was unhinged. But everything happens by Gods will, the loss helped him, to find Islam, made the pilgrimage, and hopefully now he can live in peace, b/c he knows the truth about life and that he is the best boxer ever.

  • Definitely the greatest. No question!

    Who cares about after Tyson lost a step. Of course we aren't questioning whether he was the greatest during the time when he was beatable. Tyson was the scariest human being ever to exist. He had the most powerful punch ever, and speed and uncanny natural quick-thinking tactics to go with it. Ali won the belt three times in a row..Tyson Could have won it four, maybe five, had he taken Buster serious!Y, and then taken life seriously and not ended up in prison. He was certainly better than Ali before that, when he really focused and cared. He would've knocked him out in a few sequences, just like he did everyone else, his punch was so devastating!

  • Without a doubt.

    In his prime, iron Mike was untouchable and unbeatable. His defence was impregnable and his power was unmatched by any boxer from the 80's onwards. A lot of people think that mike Tyson was slow but he danced around his opponents with the peek-a-boo style with the same speed as a middleweight. There's no point in comparing him with any boxer because he'd win. As Muhammad Ali said 'your hands cant hit what your eyes cant see', power punchers like jack Dempsey were much slower than him and almost every heavyweight lacks his explosive power, his iron chin and his unbreakable will (in the ring not his personal life). He was ruined by his own stupid choices but without a doubt he was the greatest.

  • I am a big Tyson fan, but he's not the best.

    Mike Tyson is my favourite boxer and I believe he was the boxer with all the skills. He could jab, he was fast, he had good combinations, impregnable defence but what let him down is himself. He could have been the greatest, he had the potential. Mike Tyson was emotionally, financially and physically abused after Cus D'Amato died and Tyson left the D'Amato stable. He made bad decisions and faced the consequences. He is one the greatest but not quite the greatest. I can't say who is the greatest as there are far too many great heavyweight boxers. To name a few; Ali, Foreman, Frazier, Marciano, Louis etc.

  • Faster than the naked eye

    Iron Mike's prime was short lived. He was the fastest, and most powerful boxer without a doubt during that time. Which is why it isn't so hard to see what happened causing the decline. When you know you can knock anyone out in the first round, competition doesn't exist. Unless Don King wants the fight stretched out longer, an impossible task for reflexes faster than the naked eye. Until, drugs and alcohol enter the mix, clouding the reflexes, equilibrium, sound thinking, attention span, disabling ability to dodge permanently damaging hits. Nearly overnight you're broke from lack of financial responsibility, damaged as a fighter from allowing yourself to get hit, and wounded emotionally from the betrayal and general experience as a whole, and still fighting a drug problem. Meanwhile you're record has embarrasingly taken some strikes, so what the hell is a few more when you need money just to eat. Mike, wished it woulda went differently and lasted longer with a clean exit from the sport. But, you're only human, not a god, and most of your fans realize this. Glad we got the ride in the first place, you're the best of all time man, and the most entertaining I've seen (born 78). Prime for Prime, Iron Mike, there's just no competition period. Ali's prime with a rope a dope against Tyson prime, results in a horrific brain transformation to roast beef before the end of round 5. No disrespect Ali.

  • Word is bond

    The best of all time? Not sure. Ten thousand times better than this current crop of heavyweights...Definitely! Heavyweight boxing is a joke! Expensive games of paddy-cake. Iron Mike was exciting dynamic...Like and 80s cocaine party...Anyway. Mike is up there with Ali, Joe Louis, Marciano, Dempsey...Klitschko's have nearly murdered the sport at the h weight level

  • Tyson all day!!!

    Iron Mike is the best and most exciting boxer ever. Once he left boxing got crappy. We are stuck with runners (mayweather). When did boxing become a track meet. I thought it was about going into the right, looking your opponent in the eye, and give good right hooks. But look what we have now, Runners. But now MMA is taking over, thanks boxers that don't box you caused this. But Iron Mike Tyson.... By far the best ever.

  • Mike Tyson greatest ever!

    No one ever did it like Mike ! He was the first guy to take paper views to a whole hype ! No other heavy weight had the raw punching power and speed of Mike Tyson ..People pay thousand of dollar to see Tyson knock people out in sec... Oprah said in a interview she was ring side and it hurt her every time he hit the guy in front of him !

  • Can take a beating and still deliver

    Mike Tyson is simply the toughest and hardest fighter I have ever seen enter the ring. He intimidates his opponents in a way no other fighter does his opponents. Had the height and reach disadvantage but functions like a machine. KO's in seconds, Olympic fastest knockout WR. Tyson is the greatest.

  • Mike Tyson definitely not the greatest heavyweight ever.

    I cant believe some of the comments posted on this thread.One poster
    said Tyson was the 'toughest and hardest' heavyweight ever.Rubbish!
    He was nowhere near as tough or brave as Joe Frazier,Muhammad Ali,
    Evander Holyfield,Larry Holmes etc.I could go on but the list of heavyweight-champions who were tougher then Tyson is rather long.
    Yes,Tyson had superb physical gifts such as punching power,speed etc,but he was far too mentally weak to be the greatest heavyweight of all-time.

  • I am a big Tyson fan, but he's not the best.

    Mike Tyson is my favourite boxer and I believe he was the boxer with all the skills. He could jab, he was fast, he had good combinations, impregnable defence but what let him down is himself. He could have been the greatest, he had the potential. Mike Tyson was emotionally, financially and physically abused after Cus D'Amato died and Tyson left the D'Amato stable. He made bad decisions and faced the consequences. He is one the greatest but not quite the greatest. I can't say who is the greatest as there are far too many great heavyweight boxers. To name a few; Ali, Foreman, Frazier, Marciano, Louis etc.

  • One of the best; not THE best

    He's in the discussion with the greatest, which makes him great.

    Anytime you are in the same sentence as Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Muhammad Ali, then you have done something right. Let's not forget that Tyson tore through the Heavyweight division early in his career and even did quite well mid-career.

    Tyson's height didn't do him any favors. Don't believe when he was listed at 5'11 or 5'10. He was *barely* 5'10 when fighting against guys with 4 inches minimum on him. He was always swinging up. His fitness was taxed more than those other opponents, but he was able to go the distance despite expending more energy (especially early in his career).

    Tyson, not the best ever, but one of the best.

  • Tyson was an exceptional fighter, but far from the best

    Mike Tyson was not the first big, bad, seemingly invincible power-puncher, and certainly not the last. Sonny Liston and Mike a Tyson preceded him, both being knocked out by Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson would have been brought down in the same fashion, outlasted, exhausted, and on the canvas. I will admit that the Douglas fight was rigged, however Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis beat him fair and square. Tyson simply didn't know how to cope with someone being able to take, block, dodge and return punches which led to his defeats. He still had knockout power and great speed AFTER his incarceration when many claim he was "past his prime"; such as Buster Mathis Jr, Bruce Seldon, Clifford Etienne, Brian Nielsen, and Frank Bruno.

  • No, I don't think Mike Tyson is the greatest heavyweight ever.

    While Mike Tyson was a very skilled boxer I think there are numerous people that were way more skilled and popular then Mike Tyson, determining who is the best is tough since everyone uses a different way to measure the "best" but overall I don't think Mike Tyson is the greatest ever.

  • No, Tyson is not the best HW ever.

    I do not think that Mike Tyson is the greatest heavyweight ever. I think that there are a lot of other boxers in the heavyweight division who can be considered better than him in the history of the sport. I think that Mike Tyson is definitely the best boxer during the 80s though.


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