Waching tyson fight all his matches in his prime was awesome. He rought boxing back from irrelevance. Ali, Forman, Frazier wouldnt last 3 rounds with Iron Mike in his prime. He was well coached, Acurate and had a nasty upper cut. I mean how many boxers do you know who had thier own video game made?
His offensive fighting style was incredible to watch his side to side moment and peekaboo Style was outstanding he dominated and destroyed people if he didn't go through all that issue and did not go to prison for 4 years he would have still been in the boxing game right now he would have dominated everyone especially Holyfield and Lennox Lewis he would have destroyed them it will have not gone more than six rounds it's sad to see someone career go down because of some bad luck and bad choices hands down one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time one of my favorite fighters of all time
I love the sport of boxing and this love came from watching Mike Tyson knock people out in the first round itself. I don't think that any other boxer in the history of boxing would have made it for more than 5 rounds with Mike Tyson in his prime. I often wondered what the other boxers went through after getting hit in the head by Mike Tyson. I am sure he had enough strength to decapitate anyone with one blow. He was not just scary but was also an extremely talented boxer. Most of the fights he fought in his early life were won even before he stepped into the ring. His opponents literally trembled with fear. No other boxer has ever had such an impact on the opponents. He is certainly the greatest.
Mike Tyson can knock out anyone from all fight sports in his prime,he is the hardest hitter ever in all of fight sport history, no one will ever be better than Mike Tyson for generations to come . Was the best and always will remain the greatest fighter of all time.
He destroyed everyone in his path. The only one to ever beat mike Tyson was himself. Amazing athletic talents like no one had ever seen before in the ring and we probably won’t ever.
I got mike Tyson, Ali, Forman, Frazier, Marciano, Lennox Lewis, Joe Lewis, Holyfield, and Roy Jones jr. As the greatest to do it
Mike could knock any man out with going half sped with his punches. He could punch a a brick wall and the wall would be the injured thing. Ali is a close second to Mike Tyson but second at best. Tyson's power is unbelievable and would make any opponent tremble in fear.
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 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.
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!
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.
Tyson was certainly a fearsome puncher and for about 5 years (1985-90) was the best heavyweight on the planet, but just compare his resume to other great HW fighters.
Who's the best fighter he ever beat? Larry Holmes? (old, coming out of retirement and in decline), Michael Spinx? (An intimidated light heavyweight champ). Everytime Tyson fought a great fighter anywhere near their peak who wasn't intimidated he lost convincingly. The mid 80s HW scene Tyson ruled was poor, when it became strong again in the 90s he was beaten by the great Lewis and Holyfield and avoided Foreman, Bowe and Moorer. He's a top 10 HW, who could KO anyone on his day, but nowhere near the best of all time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.