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Old 11-16-2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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Default Was Tyson all natural ability or was he a 'student' of the game?

For example, did he do what say Wlad and Vitali do and study opponents prior to fights to determine their style, strengths and weaknesses?

Did he have game plans? Or a mixture of natural ability plus study?
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:59 AM   #2
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Default Re: Was Tyson all natural ability or was he a 'student' of the game?

Tyson is even more than that, hes a very very well versed boxing historian.
Him and Cus would watch endless hours of tape on the legends of old.

Not saying his style/ability wasnt completely his own though, but he did intensively study boxing.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
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Both.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:58 PM   #4
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Default Re: Was Tyson all natural ability or was he a 'student' of the game?

Both, I think Tyson would make a great trainer.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:59 PM   #5
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Default Re: Was Tyson all natural ability or was he a 'student' of the game?

Both. He is a boxing historian and film junkie. I would venture to say that his decline came when he began relying more on his natural ability than the techniques that helped propel him to the top.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:10 PM   #6
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Default Re: Was Tyson all natural ability or was he a 'student' of the game?

Both.

The natural traits Tyson possessed were a rarity.

But the knowledge he gained, was just as rare.

That man really needs to write a f**king book.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:27 PM   #7
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Default Re: Was Tyson all natural ability or was he a 'student' of the game?

Somebody post the vid of the British dude interviewing him about the greats. That will tell you all you need to know.

Tyson knows his ****ing shit.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:29 PM   #8
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Default Re: Was Tyson all natural ability or was he a 'student' of the game?

He said at the age of 16 and upwards to winning a title, all he did was eat and sleep boxing, with a huge fight film material up in Cus mansion.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:52 PM   #9
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Both, in amazing amounts. He was strong and fast guy naturally, but Cus was sunlight to that tree. He understood every past great, and as is said above, in fights like in Tokyo we see what he would have been without Cus, a headhunter with no defense instead of the killing machine he had been disciplined into.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:01 PM   #10
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Tyson was blessed with SPEED and power...He was a natural born killer in the ring. Tyson at 6'2 would have been pure evil.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:04 PM   #11
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tyson would be an awesome trainer
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:07 PM   #12
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He was good but he never truly reached his chin prime potential.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:14 PM   #13
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No fighter at or near the championship level (or even in a gym) relies on athletic ability alone.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:17 PM   #14
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Tyson is perhaps the most famous prizefighter who is a true scholar of boxing, his knowledge goes way back til the bare knuckle days...

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K33CUXqPknM[/ame]
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:20 PM   #15
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Tyson was blessed with SPEED and power...He was a natural born killer in the ring. Tyson at 6'2 would have been pure evil.
Nah, he was perfect at 5'10. His head movement and speed coming in was so fast and precise, taller fighters would need to hug him to try and slow him down, ala Bonecrusher.
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