Who is the best HW boxer in the last 25 years?
- 07-02-2007, 01:52 AM
- 07-02-2007, 08:17 AM
I would have to say either Lennox Lewis. You can make a case for Holyfield and Holmes, but I would say Lewis.M.Ed. Ex Phys
07-02-2007, 08:45 AM
07-02-2007, 11:36 AM
I know alot of people will disagree.....but tyson in his prime was a force to be reckoned with. I've never seen a heavyweight with the speed and power mike had in his day......too bad he didn't have the mental stability to go with it, because if that were the case i think we'de be calling him, not ali "The Greatest"
07-02-2007, 01:32 PM
07-02-2007, 03:34 PM
Klitscho hits hard...Tyson was downright nasty...Lewis was strong and smart...holyfield was great...
Mercer, Bowe, Morrison, Moorer, Foreman, Douglas all were great...
07-02-2007, 03:35 PM
I would have to say holyfield though, becuase he has the longest span of being the undisputed champ in the past 25 years.
Edit: I am wrong...that would be Tyson.
Last edited by PumpingIron; 07-02-2007 at 06:05 PM.
07-02-2007, 05:17 PM
07-02-2007, 11:29 PM
Tyson was the best until he ditched his original trainer. All down hill from there. Not only did that guy know exactly how to train Tyson, he knew how to keep Tyson in check.
07-03-2007, 01:24 AM
07-03-2007, 04:05 AM
07-03-2007, 08:43 AM
I will agree with the old Joe Frazier comment, that Tyson in his prime was unbeatable. When he had speed and actual head movement he was amazing. Once he let Rooney go, it was all over
07-03-2007, 09:13 AM
07-03-2007, 11:53 AM
I never followed boxing real closely, which is why I started the thread. I guess if I had to say career-wise, maybe Lennox, and best in their prime = Tyson.
07-03-2007, 11:56 AM
Tyson never fought any great opponents. He was in the gap from Frazier-Ali-Foreman and Holyfield-Bowe-Lewis. He will always have an aura around him, but he never showed the heart of a champion or has a signature fight.
M.Ed. Ex Phys
07-03-2007, 11:59 AM
07-03-2007, 12:04 PM
07-03-2007, 12:13 PM
07-03-2007, 12:13 PM
07-03-2007, 12:14 PM
07-03-2007, 12:15 PM
Tyson struggles with a lot of the same argument as someone like a Matt Hughes in UFC. Not a lot of great compeition that he beat, but beat everyone who was put in front of him
07-03-2007, 12:29 PM
I just wanna throw some stats out there...
Michael "Jinx" Spinks 31-1-0 (21 KO)
James "Buster" Douglas 33-6-1 (25 KO)
Donovan "Razor" Ruddock 37-5-1 (28 KO)
Francios "The White Buffalo" Botha 44-4-2 (28 KO)
Andrew Golata 39-6-1 (32 KO)
Larry "The Easton Assasin" Holmes 69-6-0 (44 KO)
And when they fought...
Michael "Jinx" Spinks 31-0-0, Tyson had 6lbs
James "Buster" Douglas 29-4-1, Tyson gave up 11lbs
Donovan "Razor" Ruddock 24-1-1/24-2-1, Tyson gave up 9 and 22 lbs respectively
Francios "The White Buffalo" Botha 39-1-0, Tyson gave up 10lbs
Andrew Golata 36-4-0, Tyson gave up 18lbs
Larry "The Easton Assasin" Holmes 48-2-0, Tyson gave up 10lbs
Tyson usually fought under 220lbs...thats insane for a HW. For a predominant part of his career he only fought top 5 contenders. Most guys got hurt so badly by the man that he literally f-ed up the rest of their careers. It took 27 fights for Tyson to get his first loss, and and another 8 for the next, until he lost twice to holyfield in 96 and 97.
07-05-2007, 01:03 PM
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07-06-2007, 09:34 AM
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