Opinion

The 10 greatest heavyweights of all time

Tony Connolly, with his weekly column, on the finest men to have held the richest prize in sports in the eyes of Mike Lockley

10. Mike Tyson.

I’ve begrudgingly bowed to pressure from the Mail’s sports desk, but it’s hard to make a case for Tyson to be listed among the all-time greats. He appeals to the casual boxing fans who enjoy spectacular knockouts. Tyson provided plenty of those, but against moderate opposition. Who did he beat of any note?

He won the heavyweight title against one of the division’s most mediocre champs in Trevor Berbick, lost it to Buster Douglas and was humiliated by Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.

Many of the greats in the above list stayed too long in boxing and got beat, but they got beat by top fighters. They would not have lost to boxers such as Kevin McBride and Danny Williams. Tyson did.

In truth, Iron Mike was a great “on top” fighter, a bully boy. He looked spectacular dishing it out, but ran out of ideas and ambition against those who could stand-up to his power and hit back. Holyfield, brave, blast-proof and skilled, would’ve beaten Tyson at any stage in his career.

Mike Tyson was a TV myth, not a monster.

Mike Tyson

 

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