Was there anyway Tyson vs Spinks could have been more competitive?

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  1. MixedMartialLaw

    MixedMartialLaw Boards don’t hit back Full Member

    Jun 30, 2021
    It was the most hyped boxing match since arguably the Fight of the Century but it lasted a whole minute 30 seconds. Spinks was older but he wasn't an old man at 31 and was undefeated at that point.

    Not that he would have won but anyway the fight could have gotten to the mid or later rounds? Was there nothing Spinks could have done to put up an actual fight?
  2. MoneyMay1

    MoneyMay1 Member Full Member

    Jun 9, 2021
    Short of Spinks hiring Tanya Harding to club Tyson's knees, there was nothing Spinks could do against that wrecking ball coming 100 MPH at him.
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  3. sweetsci

    sweetsci Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 22, 2008
    Make Tyson wear handcuffs, literally, and put a Hannibal Lecter mask on him. Spinks might have made it to seven.

    (Sorry, just having a little fun. It’s a good topic.)
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  4. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    I think it could have been more competitive yes. The biggest problem was that spinks simply didn’t come to fight. I’ve always believed he laid down. Not because there was a fix or anything, but because he simply wasn’t into it anymore. I also believe that if the purse for that fight wasn’t as high as it was, he never would have taken it
  5. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 23, 2019
    I thought he looked scared to death.
  6. Dempsey1238

    Dempsey1238 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 10, 2005
    Give him a better chin??
  7. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    Exactly. I don’t think he wanted to fight. When one guy comes to fight to prove himself to the world while another comes just to get it over with it tends to be a short night
  8. Pugguy

    Pugguy Well-Known Member Full Member

    Aug 22, 2021
    I thought Spinks appeared terrified also - but there is the counter argument put forward by some that Spinks always looked like that before a fight - personally I didn’t notice it so much except for the Tyson fight.

    It’s frustrating to be unable to recollect the boxing mag. and date (I used to have so many) but I def. recall reading an article, after the fact of the fight, in which Spinks said the prospect of the fight made him think about his future health and question if the risk was worthwhile.
  9. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    Tying one of Tyson's arms behind his back may have extended it a round or two.
  10. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    Maybe if Tyson had met Spinks instead of Berbick or Smith?.
    Spinks maybe couple of years younger and more mobile.
    But I don't see even then, him lasting much longer.
    He'd have always seen Tyson as that monster and felt intimidated.
  11. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    He did, didn't look like he wanted to be there at all.
    Hardly surprising after seeing what he could do.!
  12. fists of fury

    fists of fury Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 25, 2006
    I don't believe in fate, but sometimes some things just seem 'meant to be.' Like Frazier wasn't going to be denied in FOTC, or Ali beating Foreman in Zaire, I think this was just always meant to be Tyson's night.
    I've watched this many times, and I can't recall Springs landing a meaningful punch, yet nearly everything Tyson threw seemed to have a dramatic effect on Spinks.
    Hard to see how Spinks -on that night - was going to last long.
  13. KidDynamite

    KidDynamite Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 16, 2012
    He literally said he didn't want to fight in a press conference prior to the fight

    Tried to play it off as a joke but he meant it

    Unless you give that boy a bat or make Tyson fight with his hands tied behind his back, he has no chance
  14. Clinton

    Clinton Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    I have written this many times before and I will write it again. Due to styles, outside of someone like, perhaps James Toney, I dont think any lightheavyweight in history gets out of the 1st round against prime Mike Tyson.
  15. Jackman65

    Jackman65 Dat bicep doe. Full Member

    Aug 31, 2019
    I don’t blame Spinks for jumping at the chance to make big $$$ but it would have been nice to see him at least put up a fight. He disgraced his legacy by laying down from the start. Evander showed how to beat the hype job Tyson twice. Tyson was a cancrusher, bully and ultimately showed himself to be a coward when he bit off a part of Evander’s ear rather than take a beating. I was sad to see the fight stopped because Evander was putting a beating on Tyson and would have knocked him out.

    Spinks was no Evander but he was better than he showed that night. He was too small and apparently lacked the ability to move and avoid punishment. In the end, he had no chance. I saw this fight live in a venue on PPV CCTV. As I recall, none of the people around me gave Spinks much of a chance but I expected him to at least try to outbox Tyson for as long as he could. It was a disgraceful performance and the rest is history.