A list of Mike Tyson`s heaviest opponents by their listed weights is below:

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  1. mark ant

    mark ant Mark Ant is the messiah of boxing knowledge Full Member

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    Kevin McBride - 271 pounds

    Danny Williams - 265 pounds

    Brian Nielson - 260 pounds’

    Sammy Schaff - 250 pounds

    Lennox Lewis - 249 pounds

    Do these bouts (aside from the McBride fight) give any indication as to how Tyson would have fared against modern super heavyweights that weigh over 249lbs?
     
  2. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg @excelsioroptimum Full Member

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    Apart from the Sammy Scaff fight, Tyson was physically and mentally shot to pieces by the time he fought the others.
     
  3. Bah Lance

    Bah Lance Active Member banned Full Member

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    No. But at 5'10" and 215-220 I think he would test the waters at cruiser today. No manager would want their man giving up 20 to 30 lbs in every fight no matter how great they are.

    In the 80s, Tyson weighed the same as most of his opponents. He started losing to these guys because his conditioning was poor and his body was breaking down. Giant dudes throwing their weight on him probably didn't help when he was having knee injuries.

    Against Ruddock, Tyson suffered several injuries too (missing out on a title shot against Evander in 91) and was on this path to physical decline before prison got him out of the ring.
     
  4. mark ant

    mark ant Mark Ant is the messiah of boxing knowledge Full Member

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    No Tyson was far too jacked to fight as a cruiser, he would have had to drastically changed his eating habits, his biceps would have been smaller and weaker, his was almost the perfect heavyweight in terms of speed,power and fundamentals.
     
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  5. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    I see a fit active motivated Tyson doing OK, even against the biggest guys. Speed and power were his attributes and they'd still see him ok. It's his mental health that would probably see him fail!
     
  6. tommytheduke

    tommytheduke Active Member Full Member

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    the Danny Williams fight shouldn't count either.
     
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  7. Bah Lance

    Bah Lance Active Member banned Full Member

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    I'm sure you know most "cruisers" today are 210-215 after the weigh in. Tyson was 215 when he knocked out Holmes in maybe his best performance.

    Tyson's performances undeniably started to suffer the more weight he put on as he was not training seriously. He was 220 when knocked out by Douglas.

    Can you name any heavy turning pro today at 5'10" 212 lbs? I can't. Be realistic. Tyson had the power and durability to compete with anyone on a given night, but there is no way any trainer worth something would put their guy up against 40-50 lb disadvantages every fight.


    Also...Tyson never had impressive biceps in his youth anyway. He didn't have those until he was older after prison. Has nothing to do with his boxing as he was very leg dominant.
     
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  8. mark ant

    mark ant Mark Ant is the messiah of boxing knowledge Full Member

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    Cruisers don`t have Tyson`s power.
     
  9. JackSilver

    JackSilver Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Danny Williams don’t agree with you
     
  10. JackSilver

    JackSilver Boxing Addict Full Member

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    He won the title at 220 when he destroyed Berbick.
     
  11. daverobin

    daverobin Well-Known Member banned Full Member

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    Smart man
     
  12. Nonito Smoak

    Nonito Smoak Ioka>Lomo, sorry my dudes Full Member

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    Like Louis and Marciano and so many HW champs before him, he would be a cruiserweight if he had come up in the last 20 years. Either way while it would not be a shocker by any means I can never pick theoretical best form Tyson over best form Wladimir, for example.
     
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  13. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I agree. No way he ever makes Cruiserweight comfortably not to mention he was blessed with the speed and power to hurt anyone.

    To your original question, Tyson was a shell of himself against McBride, William's and even Lewis. If Andy Ruiz can beat Anthony Joshua with his hand speed and power, prime Tyson could as well without question.
     
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  14. UFC2020

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    Bruno was 249 lbs when Tyson fought him in 1996
     
  15. WAR01

    WAR01 In the 7.2% Full Member

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    Wtf does his biceps have to do with anything?