Originally Posted by Montero
Tyson's best wins:
1. Tony Tucker
2. Larry Holmes (40 years old, coming off 2 year layoff)
3. Michael Spinks (former super middleweight coming off 1 year layoff)
4. Tony Tubbs
5. Trevor Berbick
The only one that's comparable to Wladimir Klitschko is Tony Tucker (6'5", 240's). Tyson fought him in his prime and won a clear decision, but Tucker is not on Wlad's level. It's amazing to me how badly some people overrate Tyson and underrate Klitschko.
Without getting into the Wlad-Tyson debate:
Holmes was 38, and while well past his prime still went on to beat Mercer and extend Holyfield and McCall.
Spinks in the latter stages of his career was a genuine (albeit small) heavyweight. As a heavy he was very competitive against Holmes, and handled Cooney without too much trouble.
Tyson's resume isn't amazing by any stretch, but let's not go overboard in discrediting his better wins.