Who was the scarier fighter out of the three at their peaks, Sonny Liston, G.Foreman or Mike Tyson?

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  1. MixedMartialLaw

    MixedMartialLaw New Member Full Member

    Jun 30, 2021
    Scary as in intimidating, frightening, the violence, the persona, the demeanor, the style, the emotion or lack of it.
  2. Indefatigable

    Indefatigable Active Member banned Full Member

    Mar 6, 2021
    Ask Tyson & Foreman themselves. They will tell you. LISTON
    BUT all would be wrong. The most feared fighter in history was Joe Louis.
  3. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    Would you rather square off with a shark, crocodile or lion? All three of those were shockingly scary at their best.
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  4. White Bomber

    White Bomber Well-Known Member Full Member

    Mar 31, 2021
  5. Mike Cannon

    Mike Cannon Active Member Full Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    Liston for me, to hi-jack the thread somewhat, how about the most avoided ?
    Thinking Burley must rate high, also LaMotta was prob the best MW for 4/5 years, Moore could have been champ at 29 as opposed to 39, just a few of the top of my head . keep well.
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  6. Furey

    Furey EST & REG 2009 Full Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    Foreman given the way he dismantled Joe Frazier.
  7. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Full Member

    Jun 9, 2007
  8. Bah Lance

    Bah Lance Active Member Full Member

    Apr 29, 2019
  9. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    Sonny Liston. Highly avoided and feared by many, even Ali was scared of him behind all that talk and bravado. He just had that look and intimidation factor that no other fighter could bring. Not to mention his ties to the mob. Anyone who has deep connections to the mob is scarier in my book.
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  10. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 23, 2019
    Liston. People must have been pooping their pants when he mowed over Patterson...twice.
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  11. nikrj

    nikrj Active Member Full Member

    Jul 23, 2011
    Of the three, the most physically intimidating was certainly Foreman at his peak. Liston and Tyson had similarities in their ways of intimidating the opponent. Tyson never hid his admiration for Sonny, and he certainly assimilated much of Liston's style when facing his opponent. I remember reading an interview with Tyson in Playboy magazine where he said something like this: "Liston was orgasmic. He was someone who physically destroyed his opponents".
    Indeed, when I see the expression on Sonny Liston's face when facing his opponents before the fight, the impression he gives me is this: this is someone who intends to seriously hurt you when the gong sounds....
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  12. djanders

    djanders Boxing Addict Full Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    For a swarmer with a pretty good chin, Liston. For a swarmer with a really good chin, Foreman. For a boxer, Tyson.
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  13. Jobo1878

    Jobo1878 Active Member Full Member

    Mar 12, 2011
    Personally, I think its a generational thing. Tyson was the man of my generation, he would strike fear in to me more than the others.

    I wouldnt like to be in a stare down with any of them.
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  14. roughdiamond

    roughdiamond Bronsonville Full Member

    Jul 25, 2015
    This is the most terrifying man in Boxing history. Watch and learn.

  15. swagdelfadeel

    swagdelfadeel Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 30, 2014