Originally Posted by jc
This is a strange post.
You dont buy his place in history because he wanted to go to win the olympics? Not only winning the one of the biggest prizes a sportsmen can win but also set up more opportunities when he inevitably turned pro...
Having an Olympic Gold Medal will always be better than not having one.
I don't buy his spin that he would beat young Tyson because of their actual fight. He had a chance to prove it and preferred a second Olympic trip.
Unless you're Lennox Lewis, a world-class amateur makes a run for Olympic gold, accepts the results, and then turns pro, for one simple reason: time.
Lewis benefited from four big breaks: Tyson's self-destruction; Steward's hand in correcting his flaws; today's broad-daylight secret: performance enhancing drugs; a modern abundance of limited-skills, limited-stamina punchers that a good technician like Lewis could dominate. He thus dominated till old age, like the Klitschkos now.
Bottom line: around 2002, Lewis began bellowing: "I want Tyson!" In my view, he could and should have said something of the sort around 1987. But he didn't.