Mike Tyson has given his assessment on how the much-talked about mythical match-up between himself and Muhammad Ali would have played out.
For years, fans have debated how the fight would have gone if the two iconic heavyweights had faced each other in their primes.
Ali was renowned for his slick skills, which saw him dominate the division in the 1960s, before recapturing his title twice in the 1970s, whilst Tyson’s ferocious aggression inside the ring saw him become the youngest heavyweight champion in history at the age of 20.
However, despite his famed punching power, Tyson believes that he would have had to go the distance and beyond to get the better of Ali.
“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,” said Tyson on social media.
In his 61-fight professional career, Ali was stopped just once by Larry Holmes as he tried to become a four-time champion in 1980.
Although Ali typically danced around the ring in his early years, he also showed tremendous toughness in his brutal battles with the likes of Joe Frazier and George Foreman, something which Tyson has clearly not forgotten.
“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,” Tyson claimed.
Tyson remains respectful of the accomplishments of Ali, and it seems that the admiration between the pair is mutual.
Former Ali opponent George Foreman claimed that Ali was in awe of Tyson during his reign in the late 1980s, admitting: “Man, Tyson hits so hard.
“He felt Tyson hit harder than anyone he’d faced. He told me once that he didn’t have the confidence he could have beaten Mike Tyson.”
It appears that neither man is certain as to whether they would have emerged victorious, but one thing that cannot be denied is that it would have been simply unmissable.
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