Many of you reading this will be too young to remember Mike Tyson in his prime.
The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world produced the best performances of his career during the late 1980s and early 1990s, defeating some of the biggest names in boxing from that era along the way.
Tyson was, in the words of a Sky Sports feature from 2015, “intimidation personified”.
Listing him in first place on their list of the scariest boxers ever, Tyson was accurately described as “the most ferocious fighter to step into a professional ring”.
He had the lot: technique, intelligence, bravery and, above all, immense power.
ESPN: Tyson the hardest hitting heavyweight ever
ESPN named Tyson as the hardest hitting heavyweight in history back in 2010, above the likes of George Foreman, Joe Louis and Sonny Liston.
“For six rounds, the peak Mike Tyson was possibly the most devastating fighter ever seen,” ESPN’s Graham Houston wrote. “At his best, Tyson combined speed and power. Often, he was right on the other man before the poor fellow quite knew what was happening.
“It also helped that Tyson intimidated many of his opponents to the point that they were ready to be knocked out before a punch was thrown (Michael Spinks, Alex Stewart and Bruce Seldon in particular).”
Indeed, some of the comments Tyson made before fights crossed the line. It wasn’t merely fighting talk, either. He wanted to seriously hurt his opponents.
And he’d often back up his words inside the ring.
Video: Every Mike Tyson knockout in two minutes
A two-minute video has emerged on Twitter which shows all 44 of Tyson’s career knockouts - and it’s incredible.
Watch it here…
The guy was an absolute machine.
Boxing fans react to the footage
Needless to say, boxing fans are loving the footage and reacted by tweeting some brilliant replies…
Is Tyson the GOAT?
You have to wonder how Tyson would be regarded nowadays had he avoided all the personal issues which arguably cost him the opportunity to cement his status as the greatest heavyweight of all time.
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