My Favorite Athletes

Topics: Boxing, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali Pages: 2 (655 words) Published: August 27, 2013
Tyson by Frank Mel
I’m sorry to say this, because I know how many people will be disgusted by my content, but please give me a chance and consider what I have to say. I am a huge boxing fan, I am especially fascinated with heavyweights and I have done my research so everything I say has some historical evidence behind it. What I want to convey is that I am truly convinced that a young Mike Tyson was the most powerful, gifted, and successful heavyweight champion of all time, and yes, better than Muhammad Ali. I know how many people are already upset, so let me pause and give some credit to Ali. He was a revolutionary boxer, no doubt a talent, he had great speed, defense and combinations, but I say with absolute confidence that a 20-year-old Tyson would knock out a prime Ali. Now, I bet I can anticipate your argument, many are saying Tyson?!?! Yea right, Ali had 5+ inches on him and 9 in reach and unbelievable speed and heart. Now, to address these arguments. First Mike Tyson standing at only 5’10 did have what many would call a, “height and reach disadvantage” but in reality, this, “disadvantage” was really a huge advantage for Tyson. Tyson, Having a shorter body allowed for him to be able to pack on more muscle than his 6’3+ opponents and made him more mobile than most boxers and therefore harder to hit. Having only 71 inch reach also gave Tyson much more leverage and hand speed, which in turn gave Tyson his notorious punching power. Tyson’s height never hurt him, he easily knocked out guys as tall as 6’6 and 6’7 who also had 30+ pounds on him, guys like David Jaco and Sammy Scaff. Tyson, is also widely considered the most explosive man ever in boxing, his hooks and uppercuts were devastatingly powerful and were responsible for 50 professional knockouts and countless other amateur knockouts. Going back to the Muhammad Ali matchup, I honestly don’t think Ali would stand a chance. Tyson would use his famous agrresive peek-a-boo technique, made famous by cus...
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