Tyson blazed through the heavyweight division after turning professional in 1985, winning the WBC title in 1986, before adding the IBF and WBA belts the following year to unify the division. In 1988 – arguably his peak – he flattened former leader Larry Holmes (who came third in this poll), Tony Tubbs, and linear boss, Michael Spinks.
By 1990, though, his best days were gone. The discipline that took him to the title gave way to the temptations afforded to a 23-year-old superstar, and he lost to Buster Douglas in a huge upset.
Stints in prison followed, and though he managed to regain portions of the title in 1996, the myth of Tyson was buried with consecutive defeats to Evander Holyfield and his career at the top – which had been meandering for some time – concluded when Lennox Lewis hammered him in 2002.
Lewis was voted second – with 17 per cent of the vote – while Holyfield perhaps deserved better than the fifth place he managed here.
HERE are the standings of the Boxing News poll to discover The Greatest Heavyweight Since Muhammad Ali.
1. MIKE TYSON, 50 per cent (of vote)
2. LENNOX LEWIS, 17 per cent
3. LARRY HOLMES, 10 per cent
4. WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO, 9 per cent
5. EVANDER HOLYFIELD, 7 per cent
6. VITALI KLITSCHKO, 4 per cent
7. GEORGE FOREMAN, 2 per cent
8. RIDDICK BOWE, 1 per cent