Muhammad Ali vs Mike Tyson. In their prime. Who wins?
Ali vs Tyson is a fight I would love to see. I think Ali would win. Ali would get inside Tyson's head, toy with him, and get him frustrated. Ali would wear him down through the middle rounds and knock Tyson out during one of the late rounds of the fight.
I think Muhammad Ali would have been mouthing off at Tyson and probably called him a name. He called Sonny Liston, a bear, Joe Frazier, a Gorilla and George Foreman, the Mummy. My question is what would he have called Mike? Imagine this-Mike Tyson is the champion and the year is 1988. A young and brashy challenger Muhammad Ali is running his mouth, but this time, instead of poety--It is rap.
Muhammad runs his mouth and predicts a 6th round KO. Mike's gets mad, so Muhammad keep running his mouth. Float like a butterfly and sting like a bell. Mike is so exhausted at missing his punches, that he falls down in the 6th with a new champion-Muhammad Ali. Good scenario, but on the other hand, if Ali loses, he can be a rap artist and make a hit record!
Muhammad Ali would win - because he fought intelligently. Mike Tyson was stronger and his shots more explosive that Ali's. However, Ali would have developed a plan to avoid them and tire Tyson out as the fight progressed. By conserving energy, Ali would wear Tyson down in the mid to later rounds.
Tyson would have delivered some powerful blows, but Ali would have persevered and won in the end.
Mike Tyson could have been the one for sure if only he was surrounded by people that really loved him enough in his career, but unfortunately those dark and heartless had just treated him like a pit bull.
Just keeping him aggressive enough and in doing so had brought much separation in his heart. For sure, he is a strong horse with some super abilities but if they had not broken his heart over time things would have been soooo different, I really believe so, such a shame.
You can have the strongest body in the world, but if you don’t have either the intelligence of a fighter or most powerful a heart of one then the game has always been dictated.
He could have had both qualities and if that had been his fate, then we all would not even have bothered to answer this question.
But to answer the question? It will have to be Ali!
Ali would win.
(1) A terrific tall heavyweight (Ali is about 6'2") can beat a terrific short heavyweight (Tyson is only about 5'9") any day of the week.
(2) Like Ali, Buster Douglas was a tall heavyweight who could "stick and move," and he beat the hell out of Tyson in their first encounter. Now, Douglas lost the rematch, largely because he was "F"-up in his personal life.
Ali fought quality fighters, all whom probably would have beaten Tyson. He was smarter, faster, had better instincts, and Tyson never really beat any quality fighters. Ali could take a punch better than any fighter I've ever seen and Tyson seldom went more than a round or two mostly against bums. I don't think Tyson would stand a chance, he was a very overrated fighter that had problems with an over aged Holyfield.
Tyson would have to land an early knockout to win. He didn't do so well in longer fights after he'd been hit a few times. Ali could take a punch as evidenced by the some of the long fights he took part in (and usually won). He would get into Tyson's head, and Iron Mike would try to bit off his nose or something.
Ali I think gets this. Tyson would give him hell for the first 5 or 6 rounds before Ali runs away with it down the stretch possibly stopping a tired Tyson in round 10 or 11. Tyson's style would make it difficult for Ali (think the Fraizer fights) but Tyson hasn't got the engine of a Fraizer who was relentless and didn't know what "stop" meant.
While neither fighter would require a benison, I think Ali would beat Mike Tyson.
Is this question still open?
Oh well, if it is, here goes.
The first thing I would want to know is: Is the (presumably title fight) 15 rounds, as in Ali's day, or 12 rounds, which is the norm today?
The second question to consider is: Which boxer is likely to hold up better over that distance? I am not a pugilist, but I imagine its different conditioning yourself and preparing yourself for 12 rounds and 15 rounds. I mean, you just can't plan to knock your man out---the knockouts don't always come against the higher caliber competition.
Third: We have something of a conceptual model, namely, Ali's three fights with Joe Frasier.
But then again, Mike Tyson in his prime, is a rather steep upgrade from Joe Frasier in his prime --- at least in my opinion.
Perhaps we should think of Mike Tyson, in his prime, as a shorter, more ripped, more disciplined, more technically sound, better defensively, and a sharper punching version of George Foreman.
Of course, all boxing fans know what happened with the "Rumble in the Jungle": a spectacular Ali knock out of Foreman in the eighth round ("rop-a-dope" strategy, and all that).
Would Mike Tyson, in his prime, trained by Gus D'Amato and Teddy Atlas, be likely to be tricked by such tactics? That is the question.
If Ali managed to stay on his feet, I would go with Tyson by 15-round decision.
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by larryfreeman 6 years ago
That is hard to determine they were both great fighters in the day but if you had to go on pound for pound style it would be Mike Tyson in his prime. Don't get me wrong both were quick and powerful for being heavy weight but I believe if the match up was today Mike Tyson would win
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