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Old 08-02-2007, 06:39 AM   #1
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Default Tyson-Spinks was a great performance by any HW champ

It was an annihilation.
The first down with the tremendous bodyshot. Every time i see it it makes me wince. Then Spinks try's to do something smart and throws a haymaker and POW !!. Spinks on his back looking at the bright lights in the sky. Awesome display by Tyson.
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:01 AM   #2
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Yeah, but Spinks was an over-the-hill 32, had a bum knee, was scared to death, was rusty...you know...the usual excuses.
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:03 AM   #3
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Tyson should of become the greatest of all time..

The biggest underachiever in sporting history..FOR HIS ABILITY..
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:09 AM   #4
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No, not really. He was an ATG, and fearsome in his prime, but people tend to overrate his potential because he either finished his man early or in spectacular fashion. Put a prime Mike against a great strong man who will not back up, say, George Foreman or Sonny Liston and I predict a completely different kind of test.

He never had a shot of becoming the best heavyweight ever seen. His style would deteriorate with age and he didn't have the ring intellect to compensate.
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:14 AM   #5
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it was a great show for iron mike, but he still wasn't mentally what he needed to be to be the best ever...
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Old 08-02-2007, 07:55 AM   #6
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Well, you cant fault his performance. It took him half a round to beat the champion.
Spinks was disappointing though.

Tyson achieved what he achieved. All this "could have" and "wasted potential" stuff is BULLSHIT. He had boxing's powerbrokers on his side, the WBC even tried to reverse Buster Douglas' victory. Tyson had no bad breaks from boxing, it all fell into place for him. His ability and potential was maximized.

He was only ever a fraction as good as the hype surrounding him, and some people still cant accept that.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:00 AM   #7
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Spinks was made to order for Tyson, because Spinks' weaknesses played right into Tysons' strengths.Spinks was a notoriously slow starter.I remember seeing him lose the first round to guys like Yaqui Lopez, Marvin Johnson, and Jim Mcdonald at light heavyweight, he started slow against Holmes in both fights, and even a mediocre Steffan Tangstad.Tyson , on the other hand was at his best early on in a fight. Compounding Spinks' problems that night in Atlantic City were the ever deteriorating knees, that had reached a point of regression to hamper any movement that may have helped him avoid Tysons opening onslaught.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:00 AM   #8
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Very good showing. The best of the decade (heavyweight) no doubts.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:02 AM   #9
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Put it this way, other than Holmes, what heavyweight champ wouldnt beat spinks?
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:03 AM   #10
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Very good showing. The best of the decade (heavyweight) no doubts.
That's a fair call. If there were any better it'd be another of Tyson's.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:06 AM   #11
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Put it this way, other than Holmes, what heavyweight champ wouldnt beat spinks?

Spinks was no bum. Granted, some of the real big hitters would likely have got him out of there fairly quickly but his awkward style would have been difficult for many of the more skilled practitioners, e.g. Ali, Walcott, Charles, Tunney, Super Greg.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:07 AM   #12
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That's a fair call. If there were any better it'd be another of Tyson's.

Tyson-Larry impressed me actually.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:11 AM   #13
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Spinks was no bum. Granted, some of the real big hitters would likely have got him out of there fairly quickly but his awkward style would have been difficult for many of the more skilled practitioners, e.g. Ali, Walcott, Charles, Tunney, Super Greg.
Tho to be honest he sparred Super Greg in deciding his potential Heavyweight future and almost stopped right there from all accounts. He was most surprised at Page's speed and ability apparently. Still a decent heavyweight, tho guys like Bowe, Rudduck, Tucker and co would have been hard.
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Tyson-Larry impressed me actually.
Me too. Tyson looked awesome against a still good survivor.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:18 AM   #15
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Put it this way, other than Holmes, what heavyweight champ wouldnt beat spinks?
I often wonder about that.
It raises the question HOW GOOD WAS HOLMES ?
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