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Old 10-03-2007, 10:22 AM   #1
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Default Once and for all: When was Tyson's "prime"?

Please define it as specifically as you can.
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Old 10-03-2007, 10:27 AM   #2
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including and between his fights with berbick and spinks. so 86-88.

you could see the start of his downfall during the first bruno fight, especially when bruno got off the canvas in the first and rocks tyson, if bruno had a little more belief in himself we may well never have needed buster douglas.
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Old 10-03-2007, 10:36 AM   #3
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This is easy. It's like any other fighter .
The huggers say when he won all his early matches, the haters say when Buster KO'd him
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Old 10-03-2007, 10:39 AM   #4
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The day he fought spinks lol
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Old 10-03-2007, 10:47 AM   #5
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86-89. I would say he reached his pinnacle during the Spinks fight, because after he got rid of Rooney and Cayton, his skills were on a steady decline.
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Old 10-03-2007, 10:57 AM   #6
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Default Re: Once and for all: When was Tyson's "prime"?

Tyson V Alex Stewart ........

That was a very Driven Mike..

Starving to regain title..
Breaking himself to redeem himself.........
Not a man to stand in the way of...........
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:01 AM   #7
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86 to 96
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:06 AM   #8
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Tyson looked good post Buster Douglas in a couple fights, but certainly not the same fighter. He looked good against The Truth too, probably one of the best counter lefthooks Ive seen to put him down, but he started showing inconsistencies, when he got tagged by Bruno, and looked sloppy against Ruddock at points.
Prime to me is when you consistently fight at your best against the best compeitition. Tyson reached that pinnacle against Spinks, and then started showing the inconsistencies and the loss the Douglas which eventually led to prision. Still he compacted a lot of fights in that short 3-4 year stretch, something fighters today, never do.

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Old 10-03-2007, 11:09 AM   #9
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He was in his prime up to his prison term, but he peaked during the Spinks fight.
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:30 AM   #10
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1986-1991 was Tyson's Prime.

1986-1988 was when he was (in retrospect) his absolute best.
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Please define it as specifically as you can.
...in the 80s when he KO'ed a series of bums...
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1986-1991 was Tyson's Prime.

1986-1988 was when he was (in retrospect) his absolute best.
Agreed.

You could say late 86' to 88' for peak as he got more experience throughout 1986.
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1986-1991
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Default Re: Once and for all: When was Tyson's "prime"?

1990... 1991 was his solid prime, Stewart , Ruddock 1 and 2 .. he was starting to look increadible.. Before his loss he was starting to go stale and look bored occasionally...
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Old 10-03-2007, 12:05 PM   #15
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He was in his prime up to his prison term, but he peaked during the Spinks fight.
I tend to agree with Cross Beeker.
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