Feature | Premium | Dec 01 2019

‘I hit Tyson more than anyone’ – Tony Tubbs on his performance against a peak ‘Iron’ Mike

Tony Tubbs tells James Slater where Mike Tyson should rank in heavyweight history
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WHEN Mike Tyson was at the peak of his powers he entertained the challenge of Tony Tubbs, a deceptively portly stylist who once owned the WBA strap.

Back then, Tyson, 33-0 (29), was considered invincible and Tubbs, while a top contender, not much of a threat. But despite going down from a left hook at 2-54 of the second, 30-year-old “TNT” put up a scrap beforehand that could be placed among “Iron” Mike’s most testing to that point.

Tubbs fought on until 2006, defeating most yet knockout losses to the unfancied Lionel Butler and Jimmy Ellis – plus a highly contentious points defeat to an emerging Riddick Bowe – thwarted his hopes of snaring another title shot. His final record reads 47-10 (25).


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