Excluding Holmes and Ruddock, who was the best boxer that Mike Tyson defeated?

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  1. Bigcheese

    Bigcheese Active Member Full Member

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    Mike's prime run was pretty incredible. The only true threats he missed were Holy and Spoon imo and he can't be faulted for that.
     
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  2. Glass City Cobra

    Glass City Cobra Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Wow, an old man who lacks power and a glass jawed alcoholic.
     
  3. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

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    Spinks was actually the first guy to beat Cooney's ass like that. It was more that he ran out of steam against Holmes.
     
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  4. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Liston was good, but no "Tire Iron" Jones Full Member

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  5. mark ant

    mark ant Marciano used to dip below opponents waist line Full Member

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    Bruno had Tyson in bad trouble in their first clash.
     
  6. Pat M

    Pat M Active Member Full Member

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    When was that? Tyson had won all 4 rounds before the stoppage and was leading by 6,6, and 5 points after 4 rounds (40-34 twice and 40-35). I would think that if Tyson was in "bad trouble" Bruno would have won a round? Bruno also didn't win any rounds in the second fight.
     
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  7. Glass City Cobra

    Glass City Cobra Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Nah, Holmes dropped Cooney in the 2nd round stamina had nothing to do with it. He just wasn't very durable. His drug and alcohol issues were only worse by the time Spinx fought him.

    The only guys worth mentioning on Cooney's resume that had decent power didn't last long enough to actually test his chin, that was the problem. Norton and Lyle were old as hell and got blasted out before they could land anything.
     
  8. he grant

    he grant Historian/Film Maker Full Member

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    It wasn’t just who he beat but how beat them.
    Blew out a Berbick that just defeated Thomas
    Shut out a Smith that just KOed Witherspoon
    Beat up a Thomas that just lost the title
    Pummeled a huge, undefeated Tucker
    Destroyed undefeated Briggs
    Blew out Holmes
    Crushed a still very good Tubbs
    Massacred undefeated Spinks

    these were all huge, dominant wins.
     
  9. JohnnyBriton

    JohnnyBriton New Member Full Member

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    The Spinks mentions in this thread tells me all I need to know about his other wins.
     
  10. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I won’t say it’s “ the best “ win he had, but the Trevor Berbick win was big. Mike was only 20 years old and Berbick was a very tough and battle tested heavyweight who had just taken the WBC title away from Pinklon Thomas. Tyson made it a short night
     
  11. mark ant

    mark ant Marciano used to dip below opponents waist line Full Member

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    Holmes had 44 KO`s on his record at the end of his career.
     
  12. mark ant

    mark ant Marciano used to dip below opponents waist line Full Member

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    With about 50 seconds left in the first round, Bruno hit Tyson with a left hook–right hand combination to the side of the head that staggered the champion for the first time ever in his professional career.
     
  13. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Mostly accurate, my friend...except Tucker rocked him very hard with the uppercut.
     
  14. JackSilver

    JackSilver Boxing Addict Full Member

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    wrong.
    Smith and Tucker both rocked Tyson just as much as Bruno did. Tyson though wasnt really hurt by any of them as there was no danger of him actually going down from the single shots that he took from the 3 of them. They stopped his momentum for a few seconds and that was it. Douglas was the first to ever seriously hurt him
     
  15. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

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    I think in hindsight Tysons best wins were Berbick, Biggs, Tucker, Williams, Ruddock and Bruno. That’s if you look at his opponents who were really on their A-game when he beat them. Coming off good wins, guys who continued to stay relevant beyond that fight.

    Bonecrusher was a bad fight. He got the win. That’s it. Smith was riding high at the time but the spectacle itself was not good.

    legacy wise everyone will rightly assume Holmes, Spinks, Thomas and Tubbs were major wins…but (again using hindsight) these guys were not meeting relevant contenders for years. They were all moth balled for Tyson and served to Tyson at a huge disadvantage.

    reggie Gross and Marvis Frazier were underrated wins. Tyson made a statement with these wins. These guys came to fight and were beating good opponents.

    I also think Golota and Saverese were very decent statements that are quite overlooked.
     
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