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Show Of Hands January 13th, 2013 12:00am

In their prime: Muhammad Ali vs Mike Tyson?

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pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
01/20/13 7:02 am

I said Ali because, to my knowledge, his teeth never became a part of his fights.

bulldog44cal
01/15/13 7:40 pm

Ali couldn't take the power Tyson dealt.

Terrence88
01/15/13 7:00 pm

Mike Tyson was a good fighter, but if he couldn't 'em out within the first two rounds he was usually done for. Ali on the other hand was the Greatest!

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grizzy Kansas
01/15/13 1:19 pm

All I know about Tyson is that he bit off somebody's ear

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NiceWatch
01/15/13 8:18 am

Tyson is the best power striker in the history of the sport, plus he's fast and unpredictable. Tyson by KO In 2nd round.

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Melon No Ducklips
01/15/13 5:25 am

Short of dead, he couldn't be much worse.

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04scar97
01/14/13 9:16 pm

tyson cant beat ali, tyson can only fight when close to opponent

abbeylove Syracuse, NY
01/14/13 8:45 pm

I know there are way more votes than comments but usually the comments reflect the poll results. But in this case it's extremely different.

Lutang
01/14/13 7:49 pm

IF Ali could get to round three...maybe.

DC2AZ99
01/14/13 7:27 pm

Ali could float like a butterfly, but Tyson could sting like a Mack truck. I was lucky to have been able to watch both and believe that if Tyson could have connected on a couple of his power hits, then Ali would be a different person today.

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STLRedbird
01/14/13 7:15 pm

Mike would Eat his Childwin.

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bstokosa Connecticut
01/14/13 6:25 pm

Tyson was a puncher...Ali was a boxer.

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penguins511
01/14/13 6:15 pm

Go Tyson!!
(I totally did NOT choose just by name)????

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penguins511
01/14/13 6:14 pm

I actually voted for Tyson by his name :D

rastamonsta
01/14/13 6:06 pm

Yes, by evolve I did mean the fighters. And Tyson's career went downhill after Gus' death. And as to Ali's power, he didn't have the ability to knock anyone out unless it was through his great counter punching/accumulation

ThePhlegm The Lone Star State
01/14/13 6:03 pm

Not before "Robin Givens". He was a hungry monster before she messed him up.....

et2reid1
01/14/13 5:21 pm

Boxing hadn't evolved that much. The athletes had though. Tyson's trainer was Cus D'Amato, an old school cat that trained fighters like Floyd Patterson. Ali did have devastating power, especially as a counter puncher. Just check out his second fight against Liston.

et2reid1
01/14/13 5:13 pm

Anyone that has been in the fight game knows that there is a mental aspect to the sport. You come in against someone like Ali looking for a knock out, you will be gassed after a couple rounds. Tyson likely would have needed to set up his shots more. A one trick pony approach would not have worked.

et2reid1
01/14/13 5:05 pm

Chemist, that is a ridiculous comment. You can't say that someone has no intelligence, and then proclaim that they would beat Ali. I give Tyson a little more credit than that.

wisaaka
01/14/13 4:54 pm

Joe Louis was no slouch. Held the title over 10 straight years IIRC (13 years and 30+ wins after Schmelling gave him his first defeat).

EvoMike California
01/14/13 4:34 pm

Not in his prime !

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Malekithe R lyeh
01/14/13 4:25 pm

Nonsense.
Tyson lost to every real fighter he faced

chemist1
01/14/13 4:03 pm

You can't get into someone's head when they don't have a brain! Tyson was one hell of a boxer and would have destroyed Ali.

EvoMike California
01/14/13 2:37 pm

Tyson would kill him and anybody else you put in front of him, in his prime.

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tommysq Chicagoland
01/14/13 12:25 pm

You can't beat crazy.

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rastamonsta
01/14/13 11:58 am

He was not only a trash talker who called an opponent a primate because of his darker skin tone, but he was also extremely arrogant.
If he had class, his arrogance took precedence over it.

rastamonsta
01/14/13 11:38 am

By the Tyson era. Much like MMA. New techniques, styles, and just plain different times, in my opinion gives Tyson the slim edge.

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rastamonsta
01/14/13 11:35 am

In their prime, I'd say Tyson. While Ali was very smart and quick, I don't think he would be able to handle Tyson's power, speed, and agility. Ali was never a devastating knockout artist, he was good at bringing you down through accumulation of punches. and not to mention, boxing had evolved a lot

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mborba00 Mass.
01/14/13 11:11 am

Joking btw

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mborba00 Mass.
01/14/13 11:11 am

Wasn't this on an episode of deadliest warrior...

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snowg Tx
01/14/13 10:43 am

that would just enrage Tyson and make him more dangerous

snowg Tx
01/14/13 10:42 am

foreman was never as fast or as smart, in the ring, as Tyson.

snowg Tx
01/14/13 10:41 am

Losing to buster Douglas is bad but thats what happens when your coked up and partying instead of thinking about a fight. Tyson may not have been 10 times better than Frazier but they were similar. short aggressive hard hitting. and Tyson was a better version IMO

notsogood Oklahoma
01/14/13 10:24 am

Ali would win for sure because he beat George Forman and Forman hit just as hard as Tyson. It's called the rope a dope.

Melon No Ducklips
01/14/13 9:40 am

I love a good boxing match between two fighters who know how to box. You're absolutely right. Boxing is beautiful if you know the ins and outs.
MMA is pretty cool too although a little more brutal. Still a lot of skill involved in different ways though.

et2reid1
01/14/13 8:50 am

No argument Tyson was a machine, but let's be honest. Tyson was not 10 times better than Frazier. If we are going to look at losses in their prime, I think I would rather lose to Frazier than Buster Douglas, who was 100 times the fighter Frazier was. Who did Tyson beat anyways? A washed up Holmes?

et2reid1
01/14/13 8:45 am

Another overlooked advantage Ali would have is the psychological and mental advantage. Ali could get into an opponents head like no other. Read the stories about Ali showing up at Liston's house, calling him a big ugly bear, calling Foreman an Uncle Tom, etc.

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thevan
01/14/13 8:44 am

One of the things I learned boxing is if your not stronger then be faster and ali was faster and smarter. He played on people's flaws.

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thevan
01/14/13 8:41 am

I think Ali because his foot work and hand speed would out do Tyson's power.

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satguy08 California
01/14/13 8:16 am

I watch boxing, when you understand it you see the sweet science. I refuse to watch mma because it is about being brutal.

Emma Austin.ish.
01/14/13 7:43 am

my mom was in a rotating door with Muhammad Ali and his bodyguards once a long time ago.
she also used to see Fred Rogers walking on her way to work. but that's neither here nor there... :)

Melon No Ducklips
01/14/13 7:35 am

Men testing each others manliness has been going on since creation/evolution. Nice cover right?
So, why would we suddenly change? It's in our nature to be better, stronger, faster than the next person. Boxing is no different than chess, with gloves and missing teeth...etc.

mstar1 Saint Cloud
01/14/13 7:31 am

It would be an amazing fight, Ali before the Vietnam military service and Tyson before jail and the robin Givens fiasco. Both had amazing hand speed, steel jaws and determination that was amazing. I give the edge to Ali, for pure boxing smarts alone. But it would make for an incredible fight

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magnum
01/14/13 7:24 am

@praet, when would you have ever considered humans civilized? We are constantly killing each other over stupid crap. We are no where close to being civilized.

waffles82 California
01/14/13 7:24 am

The question was "in their prime" right? Coming from a boxing family in the era of Mike Tyson and watching the black an white reels of Muhammad Ali and hearing stories this would be an epic battle but if I had to put down $$ it would be on Tyson (in his prime)

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CommonCent
01/14/13 7:01 am

Frazier knocked Ali down and he didn't hit nowhere near as hard as Tyson.

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MrWolfe Nashville
01/14/13 6:10 am

Nostromo- what would you consider a boxer's 'prime,' then?
At the time of Holyfield-Tyson 1, Mike was 30 years old and 45-1. Sure, he had done federal time, but arguably showed no signs of waning skill at that point.