Hop_Head wrote:La Nausee wrote:
Have a sneaking doubt he won't be in the pantheon of the greatest pugilists. Of which, btw, Tyson doesn't get a look in.
If the aim of the sport is to knock the other guy out (which it is) then Tyson has to be right up there.
Tyson was a fighter, not a boxer. Most of the lads he battered were fall guys or past it. When he had to fight somebody decent he had no plan B. Wouldn't have lasted pissing time against any of the greats.
He had tremendous power, the peek-a-boo style was his and it was awesome. For a shorter man he could get inside more easily than anyone before or since. That POWER, the hand speed, the fundamentals were all there. Yes he fought bums but he wasn't dodging fights, nobody wanted him. Golovkin has the same problem, nobody is keen to get knocked out.
Buster Douglas stretched him out and he had no ability to go the distance, that is true, but he was a mess by then and not preparing properly. He was not the type of fighter to ever go the distance though, there never would be a Plan B, does that limit him? Maybe but not for me, it's not a sport where winning on points should be celebrated. Knock the other person out as brutally and quickly as you can and he was the best at that for sure.