- 1 Is Tyson Fury the best boxer in the world
- 2 Who is the best between Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali
- 3 Is Floyd still undefeated
- 4 Has Mike Tyson never lost a fight
- 5 Who defeated Ali
- 6 Can Bruce Lee defeat Mike Tyson
- 7 Which boxer lost his money
- 8 Who is the strongest boxer in knockout
- 9 What is the longest KO streak in boxing history
Is Tyson Fury the best boxer in the world
Tyson Fury is one of the top-five greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, former cruiserweight king Tony Bellew has told talkSPORT. The Gypsy King defended his WBC title with a sixth round TKO against Dillian Whyte in front of a record-breaking crowd Wembley Stadium on Saturday night. 5 Fury defended his WBC heavyweight title against Whyte on Saturday Credit: Getty 5 Fury knocked down Whyte in round six and his opponent didn’t recover Credit: Queensberry With Fury suggesting after the fight that he could now retire from elite level boxing, the debate has been building over where the 33-year-old Brit ranks in the greatest heavyweights ever.
The likes of Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, George Foreman and Joe Frazier have all featured as contenders for the ultimate compliment, while Deontay Wilder has also be called ‘the biggest puncher ever’ by Fury himself. While Bellew believes Fury is undoubtedly the best boxer of the present era, he says that any conversations who is the best ever is futile at best.
And he shut down the previous praise of Wilder from Fury, saying the American doesn’t even come close to the heavyweight division’s greats. Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, Bellew said: “It’s hard to weigh up and it’s wrong in my opinion. It’s different eras and different times, you know. 5 Wilder was famed for his punching power, but failed to defeat Fury in three fights – despite landing some big hits on the Brit Credit: Ryan Hafey/PBC “Who has he knocked out? You look at different eras of boxing and fighters and just because Tyson Fury says that he’s the biggest puncher that he’s ever seen, it doesn’t mean that he is.
He’s knocked out nobody. “Everyone is labelling people different things at the moment. “Look at the hard, cold facts. George Foreman, look at the people who he knocked out. Joe Frazier, these people are unbelievably gifted heavyweights. “Look at the people who Mike Tyson knocked out, he isn’t knocking out people who are nobodies.
You have to weigh it up. “Deontay Wilder is not a bigger puncher than Mike Tyson or George Foreman. I’m sorry, I don’t care what anybody says and their resumes state that what I’m saying is right because of who they knocked out and when they did it. 5 Fury will undoubtedly go down as one of the best ever Credit: Getty 5 Fury is now being compared to heavyweight great Tyson and Lewis Credit: Getty “As for Tyson, he’s amongst the big boys. He’s definitely in the top five heavyweights ever. That can’t be disputed, but to say that he’s better than Lennox Lewis, wow. “Lennox reigned at a time when the heavyweights were big boys.
Lennox beat Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield. “We just live in a different era now and yes, Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder and Dillian Whyte, but do you genuinely believe that Wilder would have caused Lennox Lewis a single problem? We have to be honest. “You can’t compare eras. It’s not fair and it’s just not right.
Tyson Fury is the best of his era and the best of a generation, that can’t be disputed.”
Is Mike Tyson the greatest of all time?
This article is about the American boxer and media personality. For other people named Mike Tyson, see Mike Tyson (disambiguation),
|Tyson in 2023|
|Born||Michael Gerard Tyson June 30, 1966 (age 57) New York City, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Wins by KO||44|
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Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. Nicknamed ” Iron Mike ” and ” Kid Dynamite ” in his early career, and later known as ” the Baddest Man on the Planet “, Tyson is regarded as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.
He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion from 1987 to 1990. Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. Claiming his first belt at 20 years, 4 months, and 22 days old, Tyson holds the record as the youngest boxer ever to win a heavyweight title,
He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, as well as the only heavyweight to unify them in succession. The following year, Tyson became the lineal champion when he knocked out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds of the first round.
In 1990, Tyson was knocked out by underdog Buster Douglas in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, In 1992, Tyson was convicted of rape and sentenced to six years in prison, although he was released on parole after three years. After his release in 1995, he engaged in a series of comeback fights, regaining the WBA and WBC titles in 1996 to join Floyd Patterson, Muhammad Ali, Tim Witherspoon, Evander Holyfield and George Foreman as the only men in boxing history to have regained a heavyweight championship after losing it.
After being stripped of the WBC title in the same year, Tyson lost the WBA title to Evander Holyfield by an eleventh round stoppage. Their 1997 rematch ended when Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield’s ears, one bite notoriously being strong enough to remove a portion of his right ear.
- In 2002, Tyson fought for the world heavyweight title, losing by knockout to Lennox Lewis,
- Tyson was known for his ferocious and intimidating boxing style as well as his controversial behavior inside and outside the ring.
- With a knockout-to-win percentage of 88%, he was ranked 16th on The Ring magazine’s list of 100 greatest punchers of all time, and first on ESPN ‘s list of “The Hardest Hitters in Heavyweight History”.
Sky Sports described him as “perhaps the most ferocious fighter to step into a professional ring”. He has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
Who is the best between Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali
My name is Marcus Smith and I own SurveyMagnet.com. On April 23, 2010 we ran a poll/article entitled “Who would win in their prime? Ali or Tyson.” When I opened Microsoft Word to write this article, Tyson was winning by the length of his trademark gold tooth.
- The tally stood at 25 votes for Iron Mike, 24 votes for Muhammad Ali, two voters predicted a draw, and one voter thought the fight would end due to ear biting ;-).
- Few sporting debates can incite a riot like Ali vs. Tyson.
- In most major sports (football, basketball, soccer, etc) loyalty is a location-based commodity.
New York Yankees fans despise Red Sox fans. Green Bay Packers fans detest Minnesota Vikings fans. Due to Lebrongate, Cleveland Cavaliers fans now detest the Miami Heat. In boxing, loyalty is an age-based commodity. The shelf life of a person who takes uppercuts to the chin for a living is understandably short.
In addition to that, at any given time there are typically no more than five boxers with enough talent, fanfare, and personality to cultivate a ravenous fan base. Age related debates are fueled by emotion and facts are rarely on the menu. Combine that with the incredibly short supply of boxers to idolize and you have all the ingredients of a ready-made civil war.
I’m a veteran of Ali vs. Tyson debates. I like boxing and I love arguing so its heaven for me. Trust me when I say it normally takes about 30 full seconds for the entire discussion to dissolve into drivel. Team Ali is usually comprised of older gentlemen.
- They dig in and say Ali was entirely too fast for a lumbering half whit like Mike Tyson.
- Team Tyson is normally composed of younger gentlemen.
- They dig in and defend Mike Tyson’s herculean punching power and intimidating persona.
- Team Tyson always, and I mean always, predicts a quick knockout from Kid Dynamite.
If you know anything about boxing then you know both arguments are unfounded. Let’s quickly clear them both up.
- Muhammad Ali was just too fast – Muhammad Ali fans have a love affair with his speed. Ali was very fast. The legend of his speed was magnified by the fact that most heavyweights of Tyson’s time were slow as molasses. He relied on his quickness and agility to avoid punches. Which means his defense was the boxing equivalent of Russian roulette. It was this game that led his face to be the pounding pad for thousands of well-placed punches. For all of his quickness and speed, Joe Frazier beat Ali within an inch of his life in their first encounter.
- Mike Tyson would quickly knock Ali out – Mike Tyson fans have a love affair with Tyson’s power and intimidating persona. Mike Tyson made grown men quiver and scream. Mike Tyson’s intimidating ring entrance and ice-cold stare broke many opponents down. None of those men were Muhammad Ali. Ali withstood the thunderous hooks and uppercuts of George Foreman, Archie Moore, Joe Frazier, and Ken Norton without being knocked out. Sonny Liston was arguably a more intimidating boxer than Mike Tyson because of his mafia connections. Muhammad Ali made a mockery of him and embarrassed him twice.
If you’re going to have a discussion, especially a fantasy discussion, in which you compare boxers then you need to look at no less than 9 things. They are:
- Style – How does he box?
- Punching Power – Is he swatting flies or cracking jaws?
- Speed – Can you see his punches coming or do they sneak up on you?
- Chin – Can the boxer take a pounding and stand his ground?
- Defense – Is he a human punching bag or is he hard to hit?
- Heart – Does he have the desire to peel his sweaty carcass off the canvas and return to battle?
- Psychology – Can he get inside his opponent’s head and nullify his training?
- Key Losses – Who did the boxer lose to and why?
- Stamina/Endurance – Is he grabbing his knees in the eighth round?
Anything short of this involves too much speculation and emotion. Like I said before, the conversation eventually breaks down into drivel. Point 1 – Style It is well known that styles make fights. A world-class puncher can frustrate and defeat the most powerful beast around.
- A patient fighter can pound a great defender’s arms until they drop, creating the opening that ends the fight.
- This makes boxing great.
- Muhammad Ali created his own style and violated every rule of boxing along the way.
- His hands dangled loosely by his side.
- Instead of using his arms to block he leaned back to avoid punches.
He threw a variety of looping punches from ridiculous angles. He was a notorious headhunter with little concern for body shots. Ali’s natural gifts afforded him the luxury of spitting in the face of boxing’s established rules. In the book Ali in Action: The Man, the Moves, and the Mouth, Ali is described as a heavyweight with the hand speed and reflexes of a welterweight (page 11).
- He stayed on his toes, gracefully danced around the ring and exclusively targeted his opponent’s head with deadly four-punch combinations.
- Ali would wear an opponent down and go in for the kill when his opponent couldn’t defend himself.
- His style was frustrating for another reason.
- Ali had the reach to land authoritative shots from a distance.
Ali is legendary for keeping his opponents at a safe distance while simultaneously landing power punches. Everything he did in the ring served to create and maintain the operating space he desired. Imagine yourself in the ring with Ali. You are fighting a person who is taller AND faster than you.
- When you approach, he gets on his tiptoes, takes two steps back, then lands three power shots to your face during his retreat,
- You stand there bewildered.
- Surely something is afoot! Dazed and confused you decide to cover your face and attack his body.
- Your opponent floats to the right and delivers a crushing uppercut to your chin.
Your natural defense systems kick in and you unleash a flurry of punches that have no hope of connecting. While you contemplate your next move he decides to hit you with five lightning quick power shots to the face. You go down with no hope of getting up.
Take a bow (if you can), you have just experienced 20 seconds of boxing Muhammad Ali. Mike Tyson was a different animal altogether. Tyson moved straight ahead with evil intent. Mike Tyson used the peek-a-boo guard to protect his face and body. When he dropped his guard, he was doing so to unleash weapons of mass destruction.
As a result, the opportunity to hit Tyson was a double-edged sword. If you attacked Tyson, you were going to get hit and it wasn’t going to tickle! At his most effective Mike Tyson was a combination puncher who unleashed violent body and head quartets that would shorten anybody’s night.
Tyson has often said his goal was to punch through his opponent’s head. Sound’s delightful doesn’t it? Fighting Mike Tyson was just as bad (if not worse) than fighting Muhammad Ali. Imagine yourself standing toe to toe with this monster. You throw two punches at his peek-a-boo guard. The impact is laughable.
As your second punch comes back, you see a flash of dark flesh moving. You’re not sure what happened but you know it hurts. Both sides of your stomach recoil in pain. As you bend over you catch two left hooks to your right cheek. Your mouthpiece drops out, you lose your equilibrium and kiss the canvas.
- Pick you chin up, you’ve just experienced 20 seconds of boxing Mike Tyson.
- Advantage – Ali Mike Tyson’s style is definitely more intimidating than Muhammad Ali’s.
- Tyson could stop a fight in a hurry.
- Ali gets the nod from boxing history on this one though.
- Boxing has had its fair share of power punchers, but the greatest in the sport have always had the ability to deliver punishment and disorient opponents for an extended period of time.
Mike Tyson sorely lacked this ability. Point 2 – Power Ali was an effective puncher. He had 37 knockouts in his career. Only 12 of those are what most folks consider a true knockout. He had 25 TKOs in which he outclassed his opponent and the referee stopped the fight.36 of Ali’s wins came in the seventh round or later.
- In fact, he won more rounds by going the distance than any other way.
- He won 18 fights in the final round (11 in round 15 and 7 in round 12).
- Tyson’s goal was to kill you early.
- Every blow that came from Tyson was explosive.
- A staggering 41 percent of Mike Tyson’s fights ended in the first round.
- His next highest total was 12 percent in the second round.
Mike Tyson’s first championship victory most adequately displayed this titan’s power. In a truly humorous scene, Mike Tyson chased Trevor Berbick around the ring landing power shot after power shot. The last punch was a precise left hook. That blow led to one of the most humorous knockouts in boxing history.
Trevor Berbick lost his composure and crumbled to the ground. Berbick stood up, tripped over his own feet and fell down. For his last trick Berbick stood up and slumped into the loving arms of Mills Lane. Larry, Moe and Curly from the Three Stooges couldn’t have done it better. Everyone laughedeveryone except Trevor Berbick.
Advantage – Tyson Tyson’s power and fury was unparalleled. Mike Tyson registered 23 TKOs and 21 KOs. He ended 41 percent of his fights within three minutes. That’s power! Point 3 – Speed Speed in boxing is measured two ways: hand speed and foot speed. Hand speed measures how quickly a person can get off a punch.
Foot speed measures how quickly a person moves around the ring. Ali is the clear winner when it comes to foot speed. He had speed that a man of his size wouldn’t normally possess. Ali had quick hands as well, but his hand speed was nowhere near as lethal as his foot speed. For years Mike Tyson’s hand speed has been overlooked.
He packed such lethal punches that few people noticed his speed. In his documentary, Mike Tyson states that he studied quick exciting boxers and he modeled his style after them. Watch a few clips of Tyson throwing punches and you’ll see what I mean. Tyson would whip out five or six hooks and uppercuts in the blink of an eye.
It was extremely rare to see a boxer beat Mike Tyson to the punch. Mike Tyson was not the fastest when it came to foot speed, but he used what he had to stalk opponents and punish them. Advantage – Tyson Mike Tyson faster than Ali?!!??? I can hear the moaning now. That’s right I said it. Tyson was faster in the ring for all practical purposes.
Muhammad Ali relied on his foot speed as his main defense. That foot speed failed him SEVERAL times. Ali took SEVERE punishment from Max Schmeling, Oscar Bonavena, Joe Frazier and Ken Norton. Anyone who applied a decent amount of pressure to Ali could nullify his quick feet.
- Tyson fought from a traditional stance so he didn’t waste nearly as much motion as Ali.
- When he avoided a punch he did so with a lightning quick snap of the head.
- When Ali avoided a punch it often involved a lean, a foot shuffle and a trip to the corner store.
- Tyson’s persistent pressure and precision punching nullify Ali’s foot speed.
Point 4 – Chin Mike Tyson’s armor came with a major chink. His chin was relatively nonexistent. It was never really tested, but it failed on those rare occasions that he needed it. His chin was put to the test in bouts with Lennox Lewis (Tyson was KO’d), Evander Holyfield (Tyson lost on a TKO in which he admits to blacking out) and Buster Douglas (Tyson’s most infamous KO loss).
Ali’s chin is legendary. Ali’s face was used as a punching bag several times. Many people consider George Foreman the hardest hitting man in boxingEVER. Ali invited punishment against George Foreman in his prime! He took a tremendous beating in his only loss to Frazier and didn’t fall until Frazier landed a picture perfect leaping hook in the 15 th round.
Advantage – Ali Muhammad Ali’s chin is legendary. The only KO of any kind on his record was against Larry Holmes when Ali was 38 years old. Mike Tyson was knocked out five times. There really is no comparison in this category. Point 5 – Defense Ali’s theatrics, record and entertaining style are romanticized to the point that they hid a dramatic flaw in his game.
His defense was awful. His arms were never in a defensive position and he relied solely on his instincts for defense. Ali’s propensity to headhunt and his refusal to defend his body gave opponents plenty of real estate for contact. Ali’s lackadaisical stance and defense left him open for a Tyson favorite, the left hook (which he absorbed routinely in his career).
As a result his chin and heart were tested several times when a good defense would have prevented this. Mike Tyson didn’t have the best defense. However, he wasn’t open for business the entire fight like Muhammad Ali. Tyson (five KO losses) was knocked out more times than Ali (one KO loss) but he didn’t take nearly as much punishment.
Advantage – Tyson Tyson wins this category because unlike Ali he made an attempt to defend himself. Ali’s cockiness made it easy for an opponent to land big shot after big shot. Tyson would exploit this opportunity and land several power shots. Point 6 – Heart Boxing is often called the sweet science. There is a reason for that.
Boxing, more so than any other sport, is a blend of technical ability and desire. It is a primitive sport in which a person’s will (or lack thereof) is apparent. Mike Tyson never displayed great heart. He fought back to win against Razor Ruddock but that was basically it.
- After taking punishment, he was visibly demoralized in bouts with the “Irish Champion” Kevin McBride, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.
- Tyson could dominate a fight, but he didn’t possess the will to dig deep and deliver punishment when the chips were stacked against him.
- Muhammad Ali was a true warrior with an astounding amount of heart.
To some people he showed a little too much. Ken Norton broke Ali’s jaw early in their first fight. Ali fought for at least seven rounds with the pain of a broken jaw that got worse with each round. Ali was also put down in several fights that he went on to win:
- Henry Cooper knocked him down in the fourth round. Ali won the fight,
- Chuck Wepner knocked Ali down in the ninth round. Ali won the fight,
- Sonny Banks knocked Ali down. Ali won the fight,
Advantage – Ali Ali had heart to match his incredible physical gifts. Despite taking a debilitating amount of punishment he was never knocked out cold. He got up every single time he got knocked down. Ali was often better AFTER he got knocked down. That’s a scary thought.
Point 7 – Psychology Psychology was a major factor for both Ali and Tyson. Muhammad Ali used psychology as a weapon. Mike Tyson used it as a crutch, It was hard for Tyson to defeat an opponent who didn’t fear him. In his documentary, Tyson flat out says the following, “I walk around the ring and never take my eyes off my opponent.
I’m looking for a sign of his fear. He’ll fight hard for two or three rounds but I KNOW I broke his spirit “. Tyson relied on fear, but he struggled openly when boxers did not fear him. There was another major chink in Mike Tyson’s psychological armor. His confidence was directly tied to Cus D’amato.
- D’amato built up Tyson’s confidence in himself and Tyson lost a good chunk of that when D’amato died.
- You can’t escape a good debate about Mike Tyson without hearing, “if Cus D’amato didn’t die.” Nobody can deny Cus’ standing as a great trainer.
- However, Tyson’s admitted reliance on D’amato is a definite weak point.
Muhammad Ali was a psychological machine. He unnerved Sonny Liston by showing up at his training camp and starting a circus. He routinely distracted opponents with pre-fight taunts, poems and jokes. He predicted the round in which his opponents would fall (Archie Moore in four, Powell in five).
He called Joe Frazier (a man who helped bring him back into boxing) names like Uncle Tom, Flat Nose, Gorilla and Moon Cricket. His antics angered Frazier so much that it took over 20 years for Frazier to forgive him (even after Ali was stricken with Parkinson’s). There is another thing about Ali’s psychology that not many people know.
His trainer Angelo Dundee actually trained against him in his fight with Jimmy Ellis. Ali overcame this obvious tactical disadvantage and beat Ellis in 12 rounds. Advantage – Ali Muhammad Ali was able to frustrate his opponents before, during and after the fight.
Ali wouldn’t be afraid of Tyson and his pre-fight antics would frustrate Tyson. Point 8 – Key Losses Every fighter, no matter how great he is, will eventually lose a few (except a select few like Rocky Marciano). Great fighters may appear super human but they all have a weakness. Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali both had two throwaway losses at the end of their careers.
Mike Tyson lost to Danny Williams and Kevin McBride well after he should have stopped boxing. Muhammad Ali lost to Larry Holmes (in a pitiful affair) and Trevor Berbick well after he should have put the gloves down. Ali had three legitimate losses (Ken Norton, Joe Frazier and Leon Spinks).
His most famous opponent was Joe Frazier, and that makes sense because Frazier was the first man to beat Ali. However, Ali convincingly won in their next two fights. He won a unanimous decision in 1974 and he earned a 12 th round stoppage in the “Thrilla in Manilla” in 1975. The boxer that gave Ali his toughest bouts was Ken Norton.
Ken Norton was a heavy underdog and won his first bout with Ali in a split decision. Ali went on to defeat Ken Norton two more times. Ali’s decision victories over Ken Norton are among the most heavily disputed wins in boxing history. So why did Ali struggle so mightily with Ken Norton? Ken Norton fought Ali from the OUTSIDE.
Norton neutralized the jab that set up most of Ali’s speedy combinations. Norton mirrored Ali’s jabs and caught Ali with well timed power “pot shots” that obliterated Ali’s rhythm. The Norton fights were the only fights in which Ali openly struggled to find a groove. Tyson had four legitimate losses (two to Holyfield, one to Lennox Lewis and one to Buster Douglas).
All of his tormentors had similar physical characteristics.
- Buster Douglas was 6’3″ with an 83″ reach that gave Tyson major trouble. Douglas danced and delivered the type of shots that Ali would deliver.
- Lennox Lewis was 6’5″ with an 84″ reach that dominated Mike Tyson.
- Evander Holyfield was 6’2″ with a 78″ reach that kept Tyson at bay.
Tyson had a 71″ reach which made him most effective in close quarters. His short reach gave him trouble against tall fighters who moved and applied pressure. Ali was a tall fighter that moved and applied constant pressure. Advantage – Ali Muhammad Ali’s style was the exact style that gave Mike Tyson major trouble.
He was tall, his reach was long and he kept fighters at bay with a mix of quick powerful shots. Tyson never defeated a fighter of this style who wasn’t afraid of him. Point 9 – Stamina/Endurance Tyson was a power fighter who only had 18 fights (32 percent) go past the fourth round. Tyson fans will point to his devastating punching power as the main driver behind this statistic.
In his documentary, Mike Tyson provides contradictory information that no fan can deny. Tyson says, “I had a lung problem, that’s why my fights didn’t last long”.48 or 85 percent of Ali’s fights went past the fourth round with the majority of them going the distance.
- Tyson’s power and suspect lungs kept him out of long fights, but his lack of endurance was apparent in fights that went long.
- Tyson lost six fights; five of those losses came after the fourth round.
- When you compare the fighters from the rounds fought, perspective things get even worse for Mike.
- Muhammad Ali fought 56 fights and Mike Tyson fought 58 fights.
Muhammad Ali fought in 541 rounds while Tyson only fought in 211 rounds. That’s an astounding 330 round difference or the equivalent of 27.5 more 12 round fights for Muhammad Ali. That experience simply can’t be discounted. Advantage – Ali Muhammad Ali was a boxer who fought to embarrass and outclass his opponents.
- He found weaknesses and punished opponents in the long haul.
- The case can be made that Tyson would knock Ali out but it wouldn’t hold much weight.
- Muhammad Ali lost five fights, four were decisions and only one was a TKO at the extreme tail end of his career.
- Muhammad Ali withstood punishment from heavy hitters like Joe Frazier, Archie Moore, Ken Norton, Ernie Shavers and George Foreman without being knocked out.
It’s safe to say that Mike Tyson wouldn’t have knocked him out either. Conclusion/Category Breakdown Tyson was a physical marvel and it shows in the categories that he has over Ali. Tyson is superior to Ali in Power, Speed and Defense, These are all critical components of boxing.
Ali was a more complete warrior than Mike Tyson. As a result he takes home six categories Style, Chin, Heart, Psychology, Key Losses and Stamina/Endurance, There is also something else to note. Ali, while inferior to Tyson, was no slouch when it came to power and speed. Tyson, on the other hand, had major deficiencies in chin, heart, psychology and stamina.
Any opponent who beat Ali did so in a hard fought battle that went AT LEAST 10 rounds.
- Frazier won a unanimous decision in 15 rounds.
- Ken Norton won a split decision in 12 rounds.
- Leon Spinks won a split decision in 15 rounds.
- Larry Holmes won a TKO in 10 rounds.
- Trevor Berbick won a unanimous decision in 10 rounds,
In order for Tyson to beat Ali he’d have to take him down and take him down quick. Some of the best boxers in American history couldn’t do it and Tyson wouldn’t do it either. This fight would be hard fought for the first few rounds. In round five or six Ali would begin to outclass and frustrate Mike Tyson.
Tyson was known to get anxious (as he was known to do) in those middle rounds and take big risks with punches. He’d connect with just enough shots to open himself up for major punishment. By round 10, Tyson would be clearly outclassed and looking for a way out. He’d get it in the form of a unanimous decision for Ali.
Sorry Tyson fans, its just not in the cards. DOWN GOES TYSON!
Is there a boxer that never lost?
Rocky Marciano – 49-0 (43 TKO/KOs) – Who would have forgotten the legend of Rocky Marciano? The former world heavyweight champion of the world has an astonishing record of 49 wins with 43 stoppages. He was the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated.
Marciano became a world champion in September 1952 when he knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round of their showdown. Then, he defended that title six times before hanging up the gloves for good. Other boxing greats that he defeated were Joe Louis, Harry Matthews, Roland LaStarza and Archie Moore.
The ‘’Brockton Blockbuster” also received several boxing accolades, including the Packy McFarland Memorial Trophy, Edward Neil Memorial Plaque and Ring Magazine’s Fighter of the Year Award in 1952 and 1954. Sadly, he died in a small plane crash in August 1969.
Who has the most knockouts in boxing history?
Billy Bird – 139 TKO/KOs The record-holder for the most knockouts in boxing’s history belongs to UK’s Billy Bird, who had 139 knockouts out of his 356 professional fights. Bird racked up 260 wins, 73 losses and 20 draws.
Is Mike Tyson a top 10 boxer?
Not one single ranking has Mike Tyson as a top 10 pound for pound boxer of all time. Only 2 heavyweights in every pound for pound top 10 – Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis.
Is Floyd still undefeated
|Floyd Mayweather Jr.|
|Mayweather in 2011|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Born||Floyd Joy Sinclair February 24, 1977 (age 46) Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.|
|Wins by KO||27|
| Medal record
Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. ( né Sinclair ; February 24, 1977) is an American boxing promoter and former professional boxer who competed between 1996 and 2017. He retired with an undefeated record and won 15 major world championships from super featherweight to light middleweight,
This includes the Ring magazine title in five weight classes and the lineal championship in four weight classes (twice at welterweight ). As an amateur, he won a bronze medal in the featherweight division at the 1996 Olympics, three U.S. Golden Gloves championships (at light flyweight, flyweight, and featherweight), and the U.S.
national championship at featherweight. Mayweather was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2010s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), a two-time winner of The Ring magazine’s Fighter of the Year award (1998 and 2007), a three-time winner of the BWAA Fighter of the Year award (2007, 2013, and 2015), and a six-time winner of the Best Fighter ESPY Award (2007–2010, 2012–2014).
- In 2016, ESPN ranked him the greatest boxer, pound for pound, of the last 25 years.
- As of May 2023, BoxRec ranks him the second greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound.
- Many sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports, ranked Mayweather as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world twice in a span of ten years.
He is often referred to as the best defensive boxer in history: since the existence of CompuBox, Mayweather is the most accurate puncher among professional boxers, having the highest plus–minus ratio in recorded boxing history. He has a record of 26 consecutive wins in world title fights (10 by KO ), 23 wins (9 KOs) in lineal title fights, 24 wins (7 KOs) against former or current world titlists, 12 wins (3 KOs) against former or current lineal champions, and 5 wins (1 KO) against International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees.
He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the class of 2021. Mayweather is one of the most lucrative pay-per-view attractions of all time, in any sport. He topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2012 and 2013, and the Forbes list again in both 2014 and 2015, as the highest-paid athlete in the world.
In 2006, he founded his own boxing promotional firm, Mayweather Promotions, after leaving Bob Arum ‘s Top Rank, He has generated approximately 24 million PPV buys and $1.67 billion in revenue throughout his career, surpassing the likes of former top PPV attractions including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Oscar De La Hoya,
How many fights did Tyson lose?
Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis and retirement – Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson One of the most anticipated fights in heavyweight boxing in the 2000s was, Following the trash-talking, press conference brawls, and Tyson’s infamous ‘I want your heart, I want to eat your children’ comments, the two faced off on June 8th, 2002 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Lewis won most of the rounds on the Judges’ scorecards and knocked out Tyson with a right hand in the eighth round. Tyson was respectful of Lewis post-defeat and praised him. Tyson’s next two losses came against British boxer Danny Williams and journeyman Kevin McBride. Tyson was battling bankruptcy and personal turmoil at the time, and retirement was on the horizon at the age of 39.
The New York-born fighter lost two fights on the trot. The first came via KO and the second came when he retired from the corner in the second round. He announced his retirement from the sport thereafter. Mike Tyson finished his career with a record of 50 wins, 6 losses, and 2 no-contests. Quick Links : How many losses does Mike Tyson have in his boxing career?
Has Mike Tyson never lost a fight
Mike Tyson has lost several fights throughout his career. Some notable losses include: His first professional loss, w.
What fight hurt Ali the most?
1) March 8, 1971: 15-round unanimous-decision pts loss v Joe Frazier (WBA/WBC world heavyweight titles; Madison Square Garden, New York) Dubbed the ‘Fight of the Century’, two undefeated fighters clashed for the heavyweight title for the first time as both men lay claim to the crown of undisputed champion.
Ali had infamously been stripped of his title after refusing the draft with Frazier prevailing during his rival’s absence from the ring. While the apolitical Frazier had been somewhat altruistic towards Ali, their rivalry intensified closer to the fight as Ali insultingly dismissed Frazier as an ‘Uncle Tom’.
Both fighters were paid a then- record $2.5m purse for arguably the biggest fight in history, with Frank Sinatra working as a ringside photographer for a bout that transcended the sport. Frazier punished Ali on the ropes and clocked up points before sending him to the canvas with a massive left hook in the final round.
In his 32nd pro fight, ‘The Greatest’ was exposed as a mortal by his greatest ever rival before Ali would reaffirm his status with two wins in an epic trilogy. Ali: “I didn’t give it away, Joe earned it.” Frazier : “The words hurt me more than the punches.” 2) March 31, 1973: 12-round split-decision loss v Ken Norton (NABF heavyweight title; Sports Arena, San Diego) After 10 victories on the bounce, Ali was a heavy favourite to sail through a keep-busy bout against the unheralded Ken Norton, a former Marine.
An ankle injury hampered Ali’s preparations and he greatly underestimated his opponent. A broken jaw was Ali’s reward, believed to be caused by a Norton right hand in the second round. Ali heroically managed to last the distance but Norton took control in the last round of a close fight to claim a shock win.
Ali : “I was concentrating so hard on trying to beat Norton I was not aware of the pain. He was better than I thought.” Norton: “The first time I fought Ali, I felt it was an honour just to be in the same ring as him”.3) February 15, 1978: 15-round split-decision loss v Leon Spinks (WBA/WBC heavyweight titles Las Vegas An Olympic gold medallist at the 1976 Montreal Games, Spinks (another ex-Marine) took on Ali for the world title in his eighth pro fight – a then record – becoming the only challenger to take the title off Ali in the ring.
Spinks trained judiciously, while Ali reportedly sparred less than two dozen rounds according to his biographer Thomas Hauser. The fight proved a hard sell due to Spinks’ inexperience and Ali’s pre-fight attitude matched their indifference. Spinks battled through a muscle injury to record a victory as he outlasted a lazy Ali, who left it far too late to launch a final-round comeback effort.
In a dull rematch, Spinks unfortunately mimicked his hero’s ill-advised preparations. Ali: “Of all the fights I lost in boxing, losing to Spinks hurt the most. That’s because it was my own fault.” Spinks: “I’m the latest, but Ali’s still The Greatest.” 4) October 2, 1980: Retired after 10 rds v Larry Holmes (WBC world heavyweight title; Caesars Palace, Las Vegas) Already showing obvious signs of Parkinson’s – clearly visible in the ESPN ‘30 for 30′ documentary ‘Muhammad and Larry’ – Ali was somehow licensed to fight in a tragic effort to become a four-time champion, earning a reported career-best $8million purse to fight his former sparring partner and friend Holmes.
Years later it was revealed the Nevada Athletic Commission disgracefully approved Ali’s licence despite the fact he struggled in pre-fight medical examinations. He also ill- advisedly took unnecessary thyroid medication prior to the bout. Holmes – 35 victories into what would become a 48-fight winning streak – pummelled his friend in as merciful a fashion as possible, clearly opting not to go for a knockout, but Ali still endured a horrible beating before trainer Angelo Dundee finally called a halt.
Ali : “After the first round, I knew I was in trouble. I was tired, nothing left at all.” Holmes: “I beat up my hero and I didn’t enjoy it.” 5) December 11, 1981: 10-round unanimous-decision points loss v Trevor Berbick (non-title fight; Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, Nassau, Bahamas) By the time of this fight, even the US boxing commissions wouldn’t licence Ali, whose medical condition was worse than ‘shot’.
The Bahamas tax haven of Nassau complied, however, for a shambles of a bout and promotion where undercard fighters shared gloves and a cowbell was hastily produced to signal the beginning and end of rounds. A few weeks shy of his 40th birthday, Ali took on 27-year-old Berbick, who carried a record of 19-2-1 after one unsuccessful world title challenge.
Who defeated Ali
What were Muhammad Ali’s achievements? – Muhammad Ali, original name Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., (born January 17, 1942, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.—died June 3, 2016, Scottsdale, Arizona), American professional boxer and social activist. Ali was the first fighter to win the world heavyweight championship on three separate occasions; he successfully defended this title 19 times. Britannica Quiz Sports Quiz Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., grew up in the American South in a time of segregated public facilities. His father, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr., supported a wife and two sons by painting billboards and signs. His mother, Odessa Grady Clay, worked as a household domestic.
When Clay was 12 years old, he took up boxing under the tutelage of Louisville policeman Joe Martin. After advancing through the amateur ranks, he won a gold medal in the 175-pound division at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and began a professional career under the guidance of the Louisville Sponsoring Group, a syndicate composed of 11 wealthy white men.
In his early bouts as a professional, Clay was more highly regarded for his charm and personality than for his ring skills. He sought to raise public interest in his fights by reading childlike poetry and spouting self-descriptive phrases such as “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” He told the world that he was “the Greatest,” but the hard realities of boxing seemed to indicate otherwise.
Clay infuriated devotees of the sport as much as he impressed them. He held his hands unconventionally low, backed away from punches rather than bobbing and weaving out of danger, and appeared to lack true knockout power. The opponents he was besting were a mixture of veterans who were long past their prime and fighters who had never been more than mediocre,
Thus, purists cringed when Clay predicted the round in which he intended to knock out an opponent, and they grimaced when he did so and bragged about each new conquest. On February 25, 1964, Clay challenged Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship of the world.
- Liston was widely regarded as the most intimidating, powerful fighter of his era.
- Clay was a decided underdog.
- But in one of the most stunning upsets in sports history, Liston retired to his corner after six rounds, and Clay became the new champion.
- Two days later Clay shocked the boxing establishment again by announcing that he had accepted the teachings of the Nation of Islam,
On March 6, 1964, he took the name Muhammad Ali, which was given to him by his spiritual mentor, Elijah Muhammad, Get a Britannica Premium subscription and gain access to exclusive content. Subscribe Now For the next three years, Ali dominated boxing as thoroughly and magnificently as any fighter ever had. In a May 25, 1965, rematch against Liston, he emerged with a first-round knockout victory.
- Triumphs over Floyd Patterson, George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, Brian London, and Karl Mildenberger followed.
- On November 14, 1966, Ali fought Cleveland Williams.
- Over the course of three rounds, Ali landed more than 100 punches, scored four knockdowns, and was hit a total of three times.
- Ali’s triumph over Williams was succeeded by victories over Ernie Terrell and Zora Folley.
Then, on April 28, 1967, citing his religious beliefs, Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army at the height of the war in Vietnam, This refusal followed a blunt statement voiced by Ali 14 months earlier: “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong.” Many Americans vehemently condemned Ali’s stand, though one of Ali’s earliest defenders was famed sports broadcaster Howard Cosell, who had covered and praised the fighter since the beginning of his career as Cassius Clay.
Ali’s position was especially controversial because it came at a time when most people in the United States still supported the war in Southeast Asia, Moreover, although exemptions from military service on religious grounds were available to qualifying conscientious objectors who were opposed to war in any form, Ali was not eligible for such an exemption, because he acknowledged that he would be willing to participate in an Islamic holy war,
Ali was stripped of his championship and precluded from fighting by every state athletic commission in the United States for three and a half years. In addition, he was criminally indicted and, on June 20, 1967, convicted of refusing induction into the U.S.
- Armed forces and sentenced to five years in prison.
- Although he remained free on bail, four years passed before his conviction was unanimously overturned by the U.S.
- Supreme Court on a narrow procedural ground.
- Meanwhile, as the 1960s grew more tumultuous, Ali’s impact upon American society was growing, and he became a lightning rod for dissent.
Ali’s message of Black pride and Black resistance to white domination was on the cutting edge of the civil rights movement, Having refused induction into the U.S. Army, he also stood for the proposition that “unless you have a very good reason to kill, war is wrong.” As Black activist Julian Bond later observed, “When a figure as heroic and beloved as Muhammad Ali stood up and said, ‘No, I won’t go,’ it reverberated through the whole society.” In October 1970, Ali was allowed to return to boxing, but his skills had eroded.
The legs that had allowed him to “dance” for 15 rounds without stopping no longer carried him as surely around the ring. His reflexes, while still superb, were no longer as fast as they had once been. Ali prevailed in his first two comeback fights, against Jerry Quarry and Oscar Bonavena. Then, on March 8, 1971, he challenged Joe Frazier, who had become heavyweight champion during Ali’s absence from the ring.
It was a fight of historic proportions, billed as the “Fight of the Century.” Frazier won a unanimous 15-round decision. Following his loss to Frazier, Ali won 10 fights in a row, 8 of them against world-class opponents. Then, on March 31, 1973, a little-known fighter named Ken Norton broke Ali’s jaw in the second round en route to a 12-round upset decision.
Ali defeated Norton in a rematch. After that he fought Joe Frazier a second time and won a unanimous 12-round decision. From a technical point of view, the second Ali-Frazier bout was probably Ali’s best performance in the ring after his exile from boxing. On October 30, 1974, Ali challenged George Foreman, who had dethroned Frazier in 1973 to become heavyweight champion of the world.
The bout (which Ali referred to as the ” Rumble in the Jungle “) took place in the unlikely location of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo ). Ali was received by the people of Zaire as a conquering hero, and he did his part by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round to regain the heavyweight title.
- It was in this fight that Ali employed a strategy once used by former boxing great Archie Moore,
- Moore called the maneuver “the turtle” but Ali called it ” rope-a-dope,” The strategy was that, instead of moving around the ring, Ali chose to fight for extended periods of time leaning back into the ropes in order to avoid many of Foreman’s heaviest blows.
Over the next 30 months, at the peak of his popularity as champion, Ali fought nine times in bouts that showed him to be a courageous fighter but a fighter on the decline. The most notable of these bouts occurred on October 1, 1975, when Ali and Joe Frazier met in the Philippines, 6 miles (9.5 km) outside Manila, to do battle for the third time.
- In what is regarded by many as the greatest prizefight of all time (the ” Thrilla in Manila “), Ali was declared the victor when Frazier’s corner called a halt to the bout after 14 brutal rounds.
- The final performances of Ali’s ring career were sad to behold.
- In 1978 he lost his title to Leon Spinks, a novice boxer with an Olympic gold medal but only seven professional fights to his credit.
Seven months later Ali regained the championship with a 15-round victory over Spinks. Then he retired from boxing, but two years later he made an ill-advised comeback and suffered a horrible beating at the hands of Larry Holmes in a bout that was stopped after 11 rounds.
- The final ring contest of Ali’s career was a loss by decision to Trevor Berbick in 1981.
- Ali’s place in boxing history as one of the greatest fighters ever is secure.
- His final record of 56 wins and 5 losses with 37 knockouts has been matched by others, but the quality of his opponents and the manner in which he dominated during his prime placed him on a plateau with boxing’s immortals.
Ali’s most-tangible ring assets were speed, superb footwork, and the ability to take a punch. But perhaps more important, he had courage and all the other intangibles that go into making a great fighter. Ali’s later years were marked by physical decline.
Damage to his brain caused by blows to the head resulted in slurred speech, slowed movement, and other symptoms of Parkinson syndrome, However, his condition differed from chronic encephalopathy, or dementia pugilistica (which is commonly referred to as “punch drunk” in fighters), in that he did not suffer from injury-induced intellectual deficits.
Ali’s religious views also evolved over time. In the mid-1970s he began to study the Qurʾān seriously and turned to Orthodox Islam, His earlier adherence to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad (e.g., that white people are “devils” and there is no heaven or hell) were replaced by a spiritual embrace of all people and preparation for his own afterlife.
In 1984 Ali spoke out publicly against the separatist doctrine of Louis Farrakhan, declaring, “What he teaches is not at all what we believe in. He represents the time of our struggle in the dark and a time of confusion in us, and we don’t want to be associated with that at all.” Ali married his fourth wife, Lonnie (née Yolanda Williams), in 1986.
He had nine children, most of whom avoided the spotlight of which Ali was so fond. One of his daughters, however, Laila Ali, pursued a career as a professional boxer during which she went undefeated in 24 bouts between 1999 and 2007 while capturing a number of titles in various weight classes.
In 1996 Ali was chosen to light the Olympic flame at the start of the Games of the XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta, Georgia. The outpouring of goodwill that accompanied his appearance confirmed his status as one of the most-beloved athletes in the world. The dramatic period of his life from 1964 to 1974 was the basis of the film Ali (2001), in which Will Smith starred as the boxer.
His life story is told in the documentary film I Am Ali (2014), which includes audio recordings that he made throughout his career and interviews with his intimates, He also was the subject of the docuseries What’s My Name (2019) and Muhammad Ali (2021), the latter of which was codirected by Ken Burns,
Can Bruce Lee defeat Mike Tyson
Bruce Lee would lose to any UFC fighter of any weight class. Tyson would smash him. You are severely underestimating the speed of Tyson. Lee doesn’t posses enough power to be able to knock out Tyson and a single punch from Tyson would put Lee to sleep for good.
What is the rarest boxer?
#1: White. The rarest coat color in Boxers is white. White Boxers tend to be rarest since this isn’t a standard Boxer color according to the AKC. These dogs can still be registered with the kennel club as purebreds but are disqualified from shows.
Which boxer lost his money
Mike Tyson, the luxuries and follies that cost him half a billion dollars Mike Tyson earned millions of dollars in his sports career, but at some point in his life he went bankrupt due to mismanagement of his money and for having squandered it, as he himself said.
Tyson began his professional boxing career on March 6, 1985 and fought for the last time in 2005. He generated great wealth, many speak of more than $400 million, but he also came away with nothing, and he himself revealed what happened to that money. “When you’re making that much money, it lasts you a long time.
The money didn’t run out right away, it took like 15 or 16 years for me to go broke. I was doing a lot of foolish things like, ‘hey baby, do you like that car? Ok, come and spend the weekend with me, ‘ pure crazy stuff you can do with your money,” Tyson said.
- In statements to the podcast The Pivot and that was picked up by the specialized site Izquierdazo, Iron Mike said that the last thing he had left was to pay for his rehab against addictions, when he was going through one of the worst moments of his life.
- I spent my last money I had for rehab, about a million dollars.
I had enough money left, about $2 million, and I bought a house in Phoenix. The house was a hard sell, but someone loved it and boom, I got the money. This is God at work.” Tyson, who was world heavyweight champion for the first time in 1986, less than two years before his debut, spent part of his fortune on luxuries such as diamond necklaces, a gold bathtub and even Bengal tigers.
Who is the strongest boxer in knockout
No.1: Rocky Marciano – 10 of 10
Division: Heavyweight Record (W-L-D): 49-0 KO’s: 43 Rocky Marciano is the best knockout puncher in boxing history. Many boxing experts try to discredit him and his record because he was a heavyweight during the 1950s, which is considered a weak era in heavyweight boxing. Despite the lack of competition, Marciano still knocked out some legendary boxers. Some of Marciano’s knockout victims include Joe Louis, Jersey Joe Walcott, Ezzard Charles and Archie Moore. This is actually probably one of the more impressive knockout resumes on this list. Marciano was an undersized heavyweight at 5’11” and under 200 lbs. He lacked size, but in my opinion, he was the hardest punching boxer of all time. One questionable story that still lingers in boxing lore is that Marciano’s punching power was tested by the U.S. Army, and the force produced by one of his punches was equal to that of an armor piercing bullet. I’m skeptical of this story, but it makes for a great myth and adds to his legend. Marciano lacked boxing skill and had mediocre footwork, but his punching power made up for his deficiencies. He didn’t care if he made contact with his opponent’s head or body. His blows would land on their shoulders and forearms, which would result in some serious bruising and actually helped to break them down. Nobody could punch like Marciano, and most likely, no one ever will.
What is the longest KO streak in boxing history
The record for consecutive KO’s is 44 by Lamar Clark (USA) (b.1 Dec 1934) from 1958 to 11 January 1960. He knocked out six in one night (five in the first round) at Bingham, Utah, USA on 1 December 1958.
What is the longest winning streak in boxing history?
1: Jimmy Wilde: 132-3 –
- In 1911, Jimmy Wilde made his professional boxing debut by knocking out Ted Roberts in three rounds.
- It would be the beginning to the greatest start in boxing history.
- Wilde would fight an astonishing 28 times in 1911, finishing the year with a 27-0-1 record.
17 Jimmy Wilde began his boxing career going 93-0-1, it is still the longest winning streak in profesional boxing
- By the end of 1914, he had recorded the longest unbeaten record in boxing history of 93-0-1 – a record that still stands today.
- The United Kingdom native competed in the flyweight division and was the first flyweight world champion.
- For four years, Wilde remained unbeaten in boxing until Tancy Lee handed Wilde his first professional loss by way of TKO in the 17th round.
- Overall, Wilde competed in 136 fights, he won 132, lost three and one ended in a draw.
: Top ten boxers with longest winning streaks revealed included Mayweather Jr
Where is Tyson Fury ranked in the world?
Heavyweight (201 lbs+ – 91.18 kg+)
|1||Tyson Fury||Tyson Fury|
|2||Oleksandr Usyk||Deontay Wilder|
|3||Anthony Joshua||Anthony Joshua|
What rank is Tyson Fury in boxing?
|Fury in December 2017|
|Real name||Tyson Luke Fury|
The Gypsy King
|Height||6 ft 9 in (206 cm)|
|Reach||85 in (216 cm)|
|Born||12 August 1988 (age 35) Manchester, England|
|Wins by KO||24|
| Medal record
Tyson Luke Fury (born 12 August 1988) is a British professional boxer, He has held the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title since 2020. Previously, he held the unified heavyweight titles from 2015 to 2016, and the Ring magazine title twice between 2015 and 2022.
- He also held the International Boxing Organization (IBO) title during his first reign as champion.
- With his defeat of Deontay Wilder, Fury became the third heavyweight, after Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali, to hold The Ring magazine title twice, and is widely considered by media outlets to be the lineal heavyweight champion.
As of December 2022, Fury is ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight by BoxRec and ESPN, he is also ranked sixth pound-for-pound by ESPN and the Boxing Writers Association of America, and seventh by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, As an amateur, Fury represented both England and Ireland, as he was born in Manchester to an Irish Traveller family.
- Fury’s family lineage comes from Belfast and Galway ; his parents emigrated to England at a young age.
- He won the ABA super-heavyweight title in 2008 before turning professional later that year at 20 years of age.
- After winning the English heavyweight title twice, he became the British and Commonwealth champion in 2011 by defeating the 14–0 Derek Chisora,
He then won the Irish and WBO Inter-Continental titles, before defeating Chisora again in a 2014 rematch for the European and WBO International heavyweight titles. This success, along with his 24–0 record, set up a match with the long-reigning world champion Wladimir Klitschko in Germany, which Fury won by unanimous decision,
Fury was stripped of his IBF title 10 days after the Klitschko bout as he was unable to grant a fight with the IBF’s mandatory challenger, Vyacheslav Glazkov, due to a rematch clause in his contract with Klitschko. The rematch did not materialise as Fury had mental health issues leading to alcoholism, recreational drug use and extreme weight gain.
In 2016, he vacated the WBA, WBO and IBO titles; The Ring stripped him of his last remaining title in early 2018. Later that year, after more than two years of inactivity, Fury challenged for the WBC heavyweight title against Wilder. The fight was controversially scored as a draw,
- Fury’s strong performance against Wilder (including recovering from a heavy knockdown in the final round) earned him Comeback of the Year from The Ring and numerous other awards.
- In the rematch in February 2020, Fury defeated Wilder by a technical knockout in the seventh round after a dominant performance.
He knocked out Wilder again in the trilogy fight in October 2021, this time in the eleventh round.
Is Tyson Fury one of the best heavyweights of all-time?
Heavyweights considered among the best of all-time – *Fighters are listed in no particular order
|Muhammad Ali||56-5 (37 KOs)|
|Joe Louis||66-3 (52 KOs)|
|Rocky Marciano||49-0 (43 KOs)|
|Wladimir Klitschko||64-5 (53 KOs)|
|Lennox Lewis||41-2-1 (32 KOs)|
|Jack Dempsey||64-6-9 (5 KOs)|
|Jack Johnson||68-11-11 (34 KOs)|
|Joe Frazier||32-4-1 (27 KOs)|
|George Foreman||76-5 (68 KOs)|
|Evander Holyfield||44-10-1 (29 KOs)|
But that’s only half of the debate. And while the other side of the coin is a bit more of a hipster argument given the unknowns at play (and the imagination one needs to rely upon the eye test), Fury’s case is still pretty strong as far as any mythical matchups are concerned.
Forget the debate of whether a 6-foot-9 heavyweight with quick feet and an 85-inch reach could compete in any given era. Fury is a unicorn even by the standards of the current super heavyweight era, which former champions like Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe helped usher in during the 1990s. Fury can switch stances at will and outbox an opponent just as capably as he can rely on his toughness to stand in and trade against bigger punchers.
If there was ever a weakness in Fury’s game beyond his self-sabotaging tendencies outside of the ring, he has even patched up that hole by improving his power and figuring out how to become a knockout threat. The juxtaposition of Fury’s size mixed with his pound-for-pound great skill and IQ means he would be a handful for just about every heavyweight from Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey to Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali, even if you don’t outright favor him to win each one.
That’s a currency that goes a long way within boxing debates and could help Fury’s long-term chances, particularly if he should retire unbeaten. Rocky Marciano once pulled off the same feat when he retired in 1956 at age 31 with a 49-0 record and has routinely sat within the top 10 of history’s best heavyweights.
Yet at 5-foot-10 and only 188 pounds, no one is going to believe Marciano could ever compete against modern stars that are so much bigger. It’s a problem Fury simply doesn’t have, which is why he needs to be focused from here on out and trying to equal or exceed the resume of the greats like Marciano he would need to pass for entry into heavyweight immortality.
- Which brings us to Fury’s most recent flirtation with walking way again.
- While his intentions of keeping a potential promise to his wife Paris to retire seem pure, it’s just difficult to believe Fury would ever go through with it.
- A fighting man to his core who claims to be a descendent of bare knuckle champions within his Irish Traveler heritage, Fury is too much of a competitor to vacate his titles after coming this far only to watch somebody else become the first undisputed champion of the four-belt era.
Fury appears much more interested in going the exhibition route, likely for the suspected windfall of money that could come from a mixed rules bout against UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. But somewhere along the way, Fury will need to make his own decision about completing the unfinished business still in front of him.
- While he can do nothing to change the past about who he has fought, Fury could improve his all-time argument so much better by committing a few years to active competition in order to add as many elite remaining victories as possible.
- That starts with the undisputed championship bout that simply can’t be overlooked as a negative strike against him should he decide to hang it up.
Knowing Fury’s history of going against the current, his next move is truly anybody’s guess. But make no mistake, he’s on the cusp of history thanks to his recent run and he might be the only one who is able to derail that should he decide against maximize his time remaining.