In Tyson’s Eyes: A Rematch Fantasy with Ali, Recognising the Legend’s Unbreakable Spirit

It has been discussed, debated and fiercely argued about for years: who would win a Muhammad Ali Vs. Mike Tyson fight? Tyson fans insist their hero would have got the win, while Ali supporters not only insist Ali would have beaten Tyson, they also say a peak Ali would have beaten ANY heavyweight in history. 0 seconds of 0 secondsVolume 0%

Mike Tyson Takes Another Look At A Dream Fight With Ali - “Ain't Nobody Knocking Him Out”

Tyson himself is a hugely knowledgeable fight historian and he is different to his passionate fans in that he gives Ali full respect and is not so quick to say he would beat “The Greatest.” Just recently, with lockdown still in place and live boxing action scarce, Tyson spoke once again about a mythical fight between he and Ali. Once again, Tyson paid Ali full respect: “I would know one thing – I would have to be ready to go 15 rounds,” Tyson said on social media. “I would be prepared to go 15 rounds with him because listen, I’m just keeping it real, ain’t nobody knocking him out. In his prime, they ain’t knocking him out. Even [Larry] Holmes, Ali’s one strange guy, you’ve gotta kill him to beat him, he won’t quit. Isn’t that weird, in his prime he looks like a model, he doesn’t even look like a fighter. It ain’t pretty, he’s not pretty either, he’s a junkyard dog with a pretty face. He’s pretty, but he ain’t pretty. Inside he’s as nasty as me. He’s a vicious animal.”

Interesting stuff from Tyson. Ali did have incredible mental strength as we know, far greater than Tyson had. Would this have been the difference in a fight between the two? Then again, the peak Tyson would have matched Ali for hand speed, maybe even had a slight edge. And we know how hard Tyson could hit.

Interesting stuff from Tyson. Ali did have incredible mental strength as we know, far greater than Tyson had. Would this have been the difference in a fight between the two? Then again, the peak Tyson would have matched Ali for hand speed, maybe even had a slight edge. And we know how hard Tyson could hit.

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