Originally Posted by The Wanderer
Yeah, a lot people assume that Tyson was an infighter because of his body type and his short reach, but even at his peak he was lazy on the inside. He would let other people clinch him, tie him up, or punch freely on the inside, often without doing much back.
He would occasionally get busy and be effective on the inside, but mostly his strength was at mid-range and at the start of what could be considered close range. When it came to fighting someone nose to nose, Tyson was not in his comfort zone.
You want to see an example of doing infighting right, watch Chavez-Rosario or middleweight fights from the 50 & 60s.
Tyson - as with most aggressive punchers - was dangerous coming at you...however when he got there, and if he hadn't landing coming in, he was lost. He'd have to create range again and then try coming in swinging. Watch the Bonecrusher Smith fight, where Tyson was just tied up and up over and over again. Frazier and Marciano would have torn smith apart, both much better in-fighters than Tyson, Dempsey included.