There are certain personalities who have become immortal within the world of boxing. Sonny Liston, Muhammed Ali and George Foreman are some examples. However, we have to wonder if any of these greats would have been able to vanquish Mike Tyson when they were in their prime. Indeed, few can hold a candle to Iron Mike in terms of his natural talent and prowess within the ring. Considering that his record currently stands at 50 wins and six losses ( as well as 44 knockouts), it becomes clear to see why so many fighters were afraid to stand toe to toe with such a beast. What made Mike Tyson so incredibly powerful? Let’s take a look at some traits which truly separated him from his contemporaries.
Sheer Technical Talent
Many experts cite the presence of Cus D’Amato as one of the reasons why Tyson rose to the top. Not only did this trainer provide Tyson with all of the most basic tools, but he very much represented a surrogate father. This is also why his passing deeply traumatised Tyson. D’Amato recognised natural talent from the very beginning and he literally poured all of his knowledge into Tyson. This resulted in some of his more predominant traits:
- A devastating left hook
- Extremely quick footwork
- An impeccable defence
When these talents are then combined with his sheer speed, it is not surprising that many fighters did not stand a chance.
An Indomitable Spirit
Tyson was also indomitable from a mental perspective. During his early years, he possess the confidence required to step into the ring with no fear (although he would later remark that he felt some trepidation on occasion). This was actually another form of offence, as a fearless opponent appears to be even more dangerous. He utilised such levels of intimidation to mentally defeat fighters before they even stepped foot into the ring. At the height of his career, facing Tyson would have been akin to playing a round of blackjack and asking for a hit even though the score was 20. It just did not make much sense.
A Very, Very Bad Temper
Tyson also had a very dark side that became exacerbated by addiction, relationship troubles and the decidedly negative influence of Don King. This is why he became notorious for his actions outside of the ring. Brawls, outbursts and accusations of assault were rather commonplace at one point. It would be foolish to assume that such a mentality did not affect his opponents. They did not know what Iron Mike could be capable of and therefore, they took an understandably cautious approach. This ultimately ended in their defeat, as Tyson would simply roll over them.
The good news is that Mike Tyson seems to be in a much better place in these modern times. This is why many fans are eagerly anticipating his upcoming match as well as what he might still be able to bring into the ring.