What kind of boxer would Mike Tyson have been if he had a 145 IQ?

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  1. Tonto62

    Tonto62 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Most likely!
     
  2. On The Money

    On The Money Dangerous Journeyman Full Member

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    He might have been smart enough to avoid wasting some prime years in the can.
     
  3. zadfrak

    zadfrak Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Not much difference. I still do not think being smarter would have been any sort of benefit of bothering to listen to the multitude of trainers he had in his corner. Sure don't see him listening much and wants yes men anyway.
     
  4. mark ant

    mark ant Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Because he was called semi-******ed at high school and I was trying to draw odd people out who agreed with that, Tyson`s boxing IQ was brilliant.
     
  5. mark ant

    mark ant Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    He listened to Rooney though.
     
  6. mark ant

    mark ant Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Nasty.
     
  7. mark ant

    mark ant Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I scored 90 on a computer test, the average prisoner scores 92, what do you think Bronson`s IQ was?
     
  8. mark ant

    mark ant Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I wonder what Jake LaMotta`s IQ was, weren`t IQ`s lower in the 40`s-50`s?
     
  9. BCS8

    BCS8 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Stop worrying about IQ dude. It's severely overrated. Things like determination and focus will take you further.
     
  10. roughdiamond

    roughdiamond Ridin' the rails Full Member

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    Well he did speak 3 languages. I think he was pretty smart, and definitely very worldly.
     
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  11. steve21

    steve21 Member Full Member

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    Not sure why the consensus seems to be that a higher IQ automatically means he'd start overthinking and overanalyzing everything and that would restrict and impact his fighting ... most of the high-IQ people I know (I pay them to let me hang out with them) are rather quick thinkers in a variety of situations. I know boxing is it's own animal, but still - if he had the other instincts and desires to be a fighter, I don't think being intellectually brilliant would be a handicap ... except, maybe, in allowing the thought that there are better ways to make a living than getting punched in the head.

    And I can't believe I'm engaging in this, but it's going to be hotter than balls here and I'm staying inside -

    spt
     
  12. Mod-Mania

    Mod-Mania Well-Known Member Full Member

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    It wouldn't have made any difference because he weakness were stamina and heart and those things have nothing to with how intelligent you are.
     
  13. Tramell

    Tramell Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Initially I'd say a higher IQ wouldn't matter as others here stated. Is having a better memory a part of having a higher IQ?

    If his IQ or memory were significantly higher, he could use it to its fullest potential. I often wondered if it mattered that a boxer could retain how many punches are thrown their way, what type.

    When RJJ got dropped by Duvalle he asked his corner what did he get dropped with, then asked if it was over or under. If he had a superior memory? Or higher IQ would he have needed to ask? I dunno.

    Just imagine if Tyson retained: 47 punches were thrown that round, 18 jabs. every4th he steps back. Every overhand he drops his left.
    He constantly moves 3 steps to the right when I feint.

    IMO that is a lot to retain. Not sure it would matter, but hey I'm playing along with this thread!
     
  14. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

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    That’s priceless Mark.:)
     
  15. roughdiamond

    roughdiamond Ridin' the rails Full Member

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    If you guys haven't, read the book 'Iron Ambition: Lessons from the man who made me champ' by Mike Tyson. You'll get some interesting insights about Mike, like how Cus made him read Nietzsche and research Alexander the Great.
     


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