Mike Tyson Would Have Beaten George Foreman
Mike Tyson was tailor-made for a guy like George Foreman, right?
After all, Foreman obliterated smokin' Joe Frazier, a Mike Tyson clone, in two rounds, knocking him down six times.
And then, a few years later, Foreman beat up Joe again, this time stopping him in five rounds.
How could Mike Tyson have done any better against Big George than Joe Frazier did?
After all, both Joe and Tyson were about the same size, each fighter standing about 5'11" and weighing around 215-220 pounds.
Both fighters fought in a crouch, moving forward and throwing big hooks.
Ask any boxing old timer, and he's likely to tell you that George Foreman would have crushed Mike Tyson just like he did Frazier.
And if you were to ask why, you'd likely hear: "Foreman always did well against short, stocky guys." Or, "Guys that came forward and fought out of a crouch would never beat Foreman." Or, "Tyson and Frazier were identical; Foreman knocked out Frazier, so he'd definitely knock out Tyson!"
And my response to that?
Mike Tyson and Joe Frazier were not even close to being the same types of fighters with the same physical tools and gifts.
Granted, both Joe and Mike were about the same size, and both guys fought with a "similar" style. But that's where any comparisons end.
Mike Tyson was faster and hit harder than Joe Frazier. Mike Tyson had a tighter defense and more pure boxing skill than Joe Frazier.
And in terms of chin strength, Tyson never suffered any flash knockdowns like Joe did in his career.
Tyson was knocked out by Buster Douglas, but only after absorbing ten rounds of pure hell.
And Evander Holyfield stopped a "past it" Mike Tyson after wearing him down and then pummeling him with a volley of punches that failed to knock Tyson down.
Tyson stood up twice to the powerful Razor Ruddock.
Tyson had a granite chin.
He was also a brilliant counterpuncher, who had devastating power in both hands, not just the left hook, like Joe did.
George Foreman, as clumsy and wide open as he was, was able to hit Joe Frazier with punches coming from last week.
And not only that, but Joe kept getting up!
Foreman would not be able to tee off on Mike Tyson the way he did to Frazier. Tyson was much too elusive, had too tight a defense, and was too quick to be caught blindsided like Frazier was.
Granted, George Foreman was big, strong, and tough, but he was also relatively slow, ponderous, and easy to hit.
You don't beat Mike Tyson if you are relatively slow, ponderous, and easy to hit.
A fighter with those qualities gets eaten up and knocked out by Mike Tyson in a hurry!