Mike Tyson vs. Tim Witherspoon

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  1. Melankomas

    Melankomas Prime Jeffries would demolish a grizzly in 2 Full Member

    Dec 18, 2022
    What if, instead of facing Bonecrusher Smith in 1987, Mike Tyson fought Tim Witherspoon in a 12 round bout instead? Who would've won?
  2. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Boxing Addict Full Member

    Apr 30, 2017
    Tyson by KO around 6. Witherspoon would’ve come to fight unlike Smith but was a mess around this period. If Smith took him out in 1 round who’s to say Tyson wouldn’t have repeated it. My feeling is that Tim would’ve come in far better shape against a killer like Tyson but eventually Mike would end him.
  3. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    It's a shame Tyson never faced him but yes, by 87 Tim was struggling.
  4. Dynamicpuncher

    Dynamicpuncher Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 14, 2022
    Tyson by mid round KO Witherspoon was a mess mentally and physically at that point in his career from getting shafted by Don King.
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  5. Pepsi Dioxide

    Pepsi Dioxide Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    Agreed. A more interesting prospect is the motivated Witherspoon of 95/96 vs post prison Tyson. I think Tyson wins still but much more competitive
  6. BoxingViewer

    BoxingViewer Active Member Full Member

    Mar 20, 2016
  7. ikrasevic

    ikrasevic Allah Vs. satan Full Member

    Nov 3, 2021
    I think Tyson would win, but not by knockout, but like in the fights against Tony Tucker and Bonecrusher Smith. Of course I'm talking about the year 1987.
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  8. Bigcheese

    Bigcheese Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jun 7, 2015
    Tyson, but at his absolute best Tim would be a handful for him.
  9. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo VIP Member Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    If both men show up 100% then I can see a very good fight with Mike Tyson coming out on top either by decision or late stoppage.
  10. Titan1

    Titan1 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    Tyson by UD, like 9-3 or 8-4 in rounds. Tim would have his moments, but Tyson would do a bit more.
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  11. Austinboxing

    Austinboxing British Boxing fan Full Member

    Jul 8, 2021
  12. Saad54

    Saad54 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Dec 10, 2014
    Tyson decision

    Tim probably would have been motivated but even so Tyson is too mobile and fast
  13. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Mar 23, 2019
    If we are talking about a motivated Spoon it's going to be the hardest fight Mike faces in the 80s. Later in the fight Tyson would get into one punch mode after he finds himself eating the jab one too many times. Tim still gets rocked hard in the early rounds and loses most of them but he starts landing his overhand and jab starting around round 8. He actually slows Mike way down but by the 11th he starts slowing down himself and it's too late. The last round is mostly two tired fighters with not a lot of snap trying to find the one punch and having to hold a bunch. Tyson takes the decision, but it's close and overall he didn't look good doing it. They're both swelled up some.
  14. Andrew Dickson

    Andrew Dickson New Member Full Member

    May 18, 2023
    Tim at his best would be a handful for any heavyweight from any era. He was a top quality heavyweight - nearly stopped Holmes in 9th round (Mills Lane was hovering not far away from intervening)
    Tim vs M Tyson would have been a good fight.
  15. Sangria

    Sangria You bleed like Mylee Full Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    I had Spoon over Mercer and thought he beat Mercer more convincingly than either Holyfield or Lewis.