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Mike Tyson Would Have Beaten George Foreman

Updated on May 12, 2011

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!


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      Royal Waldorf 4 years ago from Chicago

      Anthony, your Certificate of Intelligence has been revoked.

      To rehabilitate yourself you need to read "The Book on Mike Tyson - Boxing's Biggest Stiff or American Icon" and "Mike Tyson, The Myth - Flawed Boxer and Overrated Champion."

      Both are my Hubs, infused with actual TBF"s (TECHNICAL BOXING FACTS).

      Once you have read these you can them stop embarrassing yourself and also stop insulting the intelligence of your audience.

      "A master at avoiding the left jab" you say!!! I AM ON THE FLOOR AND CAN'T GET UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      AnthonyJ33 4 years ago from Southern California

      Most guys Tyson fought had a significant height and reach advantage over him, yet Tyson still pulverized most of his opponents. And Tyson was a master of avoiding and negating the effects of a left jab -- have you seen Tyson's fights? He lost to Douglas, but that was one fight. Foreman didn't fight anything like Douglas: Foreman had not Douglas' hand speed, foot work or overall fluidity. Foreman was a straight-ahead slugger who winged punches from left field, a dangerous thing to do against a powerful, fast sharpshooter like Tyson. TIMBER!!!!

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      Royal Waldorf 4 years ago from Chicago


      Who are you trying to kid???

      Tyson walked directly into punches, just one of his many major flaws, though this one against "Big George" spelled DOOMSDAY for him.

      Foreman had a significant reach and height advantage along with a straight left jab, which Tyson was never able to figure out...count the number of adversaries who used a stiff left jab to neutralize your guy...the number is ad infinitum.

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      RoughNTough 4 years ago

      Speed and mobility are the two most overrated physical attributes in history. You know that George Foreman was far bigger, stronger, tougher and more powerful than Mike Tyson, and you think Tyson would beat George just because Tyson has the advantage in some useless, overrated speed? Speed will only help you at long-range, and Tyson usually fought up-close, where George Foreman easly can knock out anybody.

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      AnthonyJ33 5 years ago from Southern California

      Tiny Tyson? Tyson weighted 218lbs in his prime. Foreman weighed 217lbs when he KO'd Frazier.....

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      jimy 5 years ago

      Tyson had a "granite chin?" I stopped reading... watch Foreman vs. Lyle, or foreman vs. Moorer, or Ali vs. Any great he faught, and tell me about that chin of his? You're right. He was a pure and skillful boxer. We just have a list of guys like Spinks and Tucker who actually didn't knock this granite-chinned guy out on which to draw such super dumb conclusions.

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      tysonchicken 5 years ago

      foreman would have and will right now waste that tiny little tyson

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      true 5 years ago

      People tend to forget that george was also dropped by jimmy young(featherfist) and ron lyle (not that great a puncher)

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      Fightnow!!!! 6 years ago

      it may not be as good but it would sell

      they should fight now !!!!!

      who cares if your not in your prime just fight, Mike needs the money anyways he don't have a Mike Tyson grill.....

      Foreman is kinda tall so i think Mike may not be able to get at his ears.

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      missedachance 6 years ago

      o well too late to see who would really win

      all just an opinion now.

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      Marcus 6 years ago

      George Foreman had a good chin having only been KO'd once (more due to tiredness then to punch power) and that was against ALI. An Old Foreman did better against a Prime Holyfield then Tyson did against an older Holyfield. Tyson was a 5 round fighter and had very few late KO's. Foreman had a KO as late as round 10. Foreman was slower yes,had a better chin then Tyson,hit far harder,and had no fear of no man. Tyson would attack Foreman ferociously in the early rounds but be discouraged late when Foreman was still standing there jabbing him.Prime Foreman KO's Tyson in round 5. Old Foreman KO's him in 7 or 8. Tyson has nothing to beat Foreman with.