Originally Posted by mr. magoo
Mitch Green's sole claim of having lasted 10 rounds with Tyson has been overstated and is borderline meaningless at this point. I find it interesting how no one thought anything of it until years later after Tyson had sparked Michael Spinks in 90 seconds, that folks started looking back to the earlier performances where guys clinched their ways to the final bell as though it were some sort of unpolished gem. Tyson was 19 years of age, with less than 20 pro fights, and dealing with a 6 inch height differential against the 28 year old green. He had also been extended the distance by James Tillis in the fight right before the Green meeting. Point being, he was a work in progress who was matched with fighters that fought to survive, not to win...... Mitch " Blood " Green never did anything of note except lose to Trevor Berbick and Mike Tyson. There is not one good win on that record of his.....
The tillis fight was a development fight for Tyson and you could see the fast improvement in the Green fight. I don't think Green just held on to survive, I think he was forced to hold and fight that way because of Tyson pressure and speed, and Tyson made a lot of people fight his fight, which is good sign of greatness because he showed he could adapt to different boxer puncher styles. I think too many people get confused with Tyson's later career, compared to his earlier one when he was trained by Rooney which was a much different Tyson.