Originally Posted by Chris ******
The fact that Buster Douglas and Evander Holyfield knocked Tyson out shows how overrated Rudducks power was. He knocked out Dokes and that is pretty much it.
Ruddock's power was far from overrated. His opponents will tell you that, especially Tyson, who said Razor's left-hook-uppercut was like a mules kick, and one of the hardest punches he's ever felt to this day.
If you know the history between Tyson and Ruddock, then you'll know that they were signed to fight each other in Edmonton, November 1989. The boxing world doesn't need a reminder of what happened next, but just in case you forgot, Tyson backed out of that fight due to some mysterious chest illness and lost the title to Buster Douglas less than 3 months later.
Did he avoid Ruddock? Most definitely, because most experts that I remember speaking to at the time said Tyson would have faced his toughest challenge to that point and the fight wouldn't be a walk in the park with Ruddock.
Bowe, Holyfield, Tyson and others found reasons not to get into the ring with Ruddock at that time.