Mike Tyson 1988 vs. Wladimir Klitschko 2009

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Omega74, Apr 30, 2021.

Who wins?

  1. Tyson by KO

    65 vote(s)
  2. Klitschko by KO

    6 vote(s)
  3. Tyson by UD

    0 vote(s)
  4. Klitschko by UD

    5 vote(s)
  1. Omega74

    Omega74 New Member Full Member

    Apr 27, 2021
    Prime Wlad vs. Prime Tyson who wins in a 12 round fight? On one side we got Iron Mike. Mike Tyson was a beast in his prime with Rooney. The defense, exceptional head- and upperbodymovement and his great jab to get inside were things he always had in his arsenal, before he abonded them after '88. Prime Mike was a real force to be reckon with. And on the other side we got Klitschko. Also one of the hardest Punchers in the last decades. Would Wlad win this fight with his Jab-Right-Hold tactics or would Tyson be able to get inside and create enough damage to knock him out? I got Iron Mike by KO
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2021
  2. BCS8

    BCS8 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    I think Klitschko runs away until Mike's edge drops off and then we'll be treated to a jab n grabfest until the inevitable UD. Wlad's style is a nightmare for a small fighter to deal with and even though Tyson is one of the best - he's still a small HW. The morning after, Tyson's back will hurt more than his face.
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  3. TipNom

    TipNom Active Member Full Member

    Jun 19, 2019
    Depends on how much Wlad is allowed to hold
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  4. THE BLADE 2

    THE BLADE 2 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 14, 2009
    Tyson by KO. Wlad has a glass chin
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  5. ironchamp

    ironchamp Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 5, 2004
    If you forced him to fight outside a pace he's comfortable with and you have the hand speed and good punching power your odds increase significantly. The trick is to make him fight and not box and as long as you have the tools he's beatable. For that reason I can't envision anything other than a Tyson (T)KO win. It's quite possible that Wlad can hold and hug Mike all night but I get the impression that Wlad is too proud a fighter and competitor to agree to just survive.

    Incidentally this the same reason why I would pick Joe Frazier to beat Wlad. Even if he has to get up off the canvas to beat him.
  6. KidDynamite

    KidDynamite Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 16, 2012
    Tyson KO 1

    No version of Wlad that ever existed can handle the initial Tyson attack

    It would look like Lou Savarese vs Tyson ... Except even more brutal and spectacular
  7. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    I went with Tyson by KO. Not that this is a forgone conclusion however. Wladimir ( and Vitali ) would be very hard fights for pretty much anyone.
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  8. Stiches Yarn

    Stiches Yarn Member Full Member

    Jan 2, 2021
    This would look a little bit like Tyson/Bonecrusher Smith.....
  9. Boxing GOAT

    Boxing GOAT Member Full Member

    Apr 2, 2020
    Tyson by early rounds. Wlad loses his composure when tagged on the chin. Tyson would find that chin enough times to end the show early.
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  10. BCS8

    BCS8 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Just putting this out there:

    Old Tillis goes the distance competitively but prime Wlad gets knocked out early :rolleyes: Cool story, guys
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  11. dinovelvet

    dinovelvet Antifanboi Full Member

    Jul 21, 2012
    Klitschko don't have the mental fortitude for this fight. He'd be too panic stricken to focus. Klitschko had to have it all his own way to beat guys in the worst HW era known to man.
  12. ironchamp

    ironchamp Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 5, 2004
    He was 19 and still learning. In fact, I'd argue that you'd struggle to find a 19 year old heavyweight, from any point in history, who could have beaten the Tillis that Tyson faced more impressively.
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  13. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Well-Known Member Full Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    I get the point that you're making but boxing doesn't work like that - X struggled with Y so X will inevitably struggle with Z

    As others have said Tyson was still learning here and Tillis was up on his toes and constantly moving, Wlad even at his peak never fought like that. And if you want to use the X, Y, Z analogy then Wlad was floored I think twice and nearly stopped by Samuel Peter one of the slowest HW's I've ever seen so therefore a prime Tyson KO's Wlad right ??
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  14. sauhund II

    sauhund II Well-Known Member Full Member

    Nov 8, 2008
    LOL@ you....

    Tyson still won while green , 19 years old and coming off the flu..............while your Hero WK with more fights under his belt also older was walked down by a pro Heavybag named Ross the Boss and folded like a house of cards.

    Tyson is all wrong for WK, he will force a fire fight not a jab and grab and once you make the K brothers fight on instinct not lean back and peck away they fold, get their faces carved up or get simply get stopped.
  15. GatherInformation101

    GatherInformation101 New Member Full Member

    Feb 12, 2021
    We all have to remember that Tyson is a smaller dude than Wladimir, the reach of Wlad is much longer and he is taller. Tyson will have a hard time trying to get close to Wlad just like in the Tony Tucker v Tyson fight, Wlad will use his reach and try his best not to get caught with some of the power of Tyson. It should be obvious that a lot of clinches will be happening either for survival or instruction from Emanuel Steward. Tyson will be going for the body most of the time and Wladimir will be screaming like a sissy. I believe it may actually become a draw depending on how many punches Wlad throws at Tyson.