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Tyson with Rooney

When Tyson was being trained by Cus D'Amato and Kevin Rooney he was as good a heavyweight as there's ever been

Post Rooney...it all started to unravel (from a technical point of view)

A video showing some of the amazing drills and techniques Tyson mastered

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoGijB2_Cco

posted 2 weeks, 4 days ago

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posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago

His record is littered with a lot of over matched and just not very good opponents, don’t get me wrong he beat some decent fighters but hugely over rated imo when compared to other hw greats

posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago

comment by United_kaz (U9943)
posted 1 day, 22 hours ago
His record is littered with a lot of over matched and just not very good opponents, don’t get me wrong he beat some decent fighters but hugely over rated imo when compared to other hw greats
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Couldn’t help that there was nobody to fight at his best.

Not sure how he would have faired, but the beginning of his career was terrifying.

It’s, buts and maybe with Tyson. If Cus had been around a bit longer, he would have been top 3-5.

The most intimidating fighter of all time.

comment by Superb (U6486)

posted 1 week, 4 days ago

It's sad that we didn't see Tyson at his best (86-90) fight any other world class fighters (a well past it Larry Holmes doesn't count).

Not Tyson's really fault of course but we never saw him fight Riddick Bowe for example (supposedly they were friends although Bowe gives a slightly different account) or Ray Mercer or even George Foreman.

Supposedly Big George wanted to fight him in that late 80's/early 90's period. Would have been a bigger test than a totally shot Larry Holmes.

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

comment by Superb (U6486)
posted 2 days, 8 hours ago
It's sad that we didn't see Tyson at his best (86-90) fight any other world class fighters (a well past it Larry Holmes doesn't count).

Not Tyson's really fault of course but we never saw him fight Riddick Bowe for example (supposedly they were friends although Bowe gives a slightly different account) or Ray Mercer or even George Foreman.

Supposedly Big George wanted to fight him in that late 80's/early 90's period. Would have been a bigger test than a totally shot Larry Holmes.
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Agree with this.

I also feel Tyson only ever fulfilled around 50% of his potential. At 20-23 he was blowing people away without even training properly.

Don’t think there will ever be another phenomenon like him, for a multitude of reasons.

posted 6 days, 19 hours ago

Main one being VADA?

posted 1 day, 21 hours ago

comment by Andy Carrot (U2440)
posted 4 days, 21 hours ago
Main one being VADA?
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We’re talking about Tyson, not Holyfield.

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