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Old 12-22-2008, 01:27 PM   #1
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Default Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson, prime for prime, who wins?

No disrespect to Lennox Lewis but I tend to disregard the one fight they actually had when Lewis won by KO. Mike Tyson was not prime, weighing in excess of 235 lbs. What would have happened if this fight happened just before Tyson's exile or during his exile years.
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:56 PM   #2
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Default Re: Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson, prime for prime, who wins?

i find this one quite tough

because tyson owuld be able to slip lewises jab but im not sure if he could get close to him to land his left hooks but i think he could

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Tyson KO 4
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:00 PM   #3
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Lewis TKO 11. Jab too strong and precise, LL will take a careful approach from the get go, picking up the points.

I can see Tyson head movement and speed getting him in close to shake Lewis up, but Lennox was the better technician for me and I cant pick against him in this.

As soon as Lennox stamps his authority, brings over the right hand and uppercuts up the middle, its game over.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:04 PM   #4
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Default Re: Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson, prime for prime, who wins?

Pretty much the same result. Lewis had Mike's number stylewise. Although Tyson had much faster hands & could land that sunday punch that Lewis seemed vulnerable to.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:07 PM   #5
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Default Re: Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson, prime for prime, who wins?

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No disrespect to Lennox Lewis but I tend to disregard the one fight they actually had when Lewis won by KO. Mike Tyson was not prime, weighing in excess of 235 lbs. What would have happened if this fight happened just before Tyson's exile or during his exile years.
I think what took place when they fought is somewhat telling. It's not the victory Lewis obtained that is the story, it's the method. That method, which was to go straight at Tyson and out muscle him, use his superior size to sap his energy and prevent Tyson from unloading and most telling the upcut, would be why Tyson would likely loose

But I wouldn't argue with those who suggest that Tyson's speed might allow him to get on the inside and overwhelm Lewis. But if I had to bet money on the outcome of the fight, I would bet on Lewis, based on the strategy he used when he actually fought Tyson. In my mind this was close to a perfect strategy for him.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:07 PM   #6
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Default Re: Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson, prime for prime, who wins?

Close to 50/50, but perhaps just an ever so slight edge to Lennox.

I think he'd stop Tyson late in a barnstormer, much more of a contest than their actual fight obviously. Tyson starts well but I think once the tide turns mid-late point in the fight it'd be Lewis in the ascendncy and he'd be the fighter more sure of himself. The ref steps in after a few tasty uppercuts and right hands land, Tyson protests the stoppage, but it's clear he's starting to take a few many big shots. Of course Tyson was fast, had very good movement and power so it would be very interesting indeed and he'd sweep some early rounds.

Lewis TKO12 Tyson, maybe a round or two ahead at time of stoppage.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:10 PM   #7
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Lewis was past his prime when he fought Tyson too, so it works both ways. I'd probably give prime Tyson an edge against any version of Lewis pre '95 or so, but after that it's Lewis' fight and given we're taking best versions here Lewis' absolute prime was from around '96-'01. I still think Lewis' best performance/win was the Ruddock fight, though.
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Lewis was past his prime when he fought Tyson too, so it works both ways. I'd probably give prime Tyson an edge against any version of Lewis pre '95 or so, but after that it's Lewis' fight and given we're taking best versions here Lewis' absolute prime was from around '96-'01. I still think Lewis' best performance/win was the Ruddock fight, though.
Thats fair, any Lennox with a box hair cut I think Tyson can knock out, but a peak Lennox with the dreads stops him.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:15 PM   #9
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It would be the same as what we saw. Tyson would give Lewis a rocky first round, but Lewis would quickly adjust and Tyson wouldn't have anything to offer other than his usual one-dimensional attack.

Lewis by KO within 10.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:41 PM   #10
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Lewis doesnt have the chin to survive.

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Old 12-22-2008, 02:56 PM   #11
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Tyson KO4.
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Lewis KO's Tyson any time any place, etc....

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Default Re: Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson, prime for prime, who wins?

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Lewis was past his prime when he fought Tyson too, so it works both ways.
Tyson was past his prime by at least a decade when he fought Lewis. However, I don't think he was shot around 1996 as many Tyson 'huggers' like to claim. Lewis was closer to his prime than Tyson was when they fought. IMO Lewis' prime wasn't around the time of the Mercer fight during the mid-90's. He was still a work in progress under Steward. I think he was at his best after Holyfield II up until he fought Tua. Even the Rahman rematch was vintage Lewis.
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