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The best most realistic response. I think Tyson pre-prison and post-prison beat all of these guys "if" he trained and was off psychotropic drugs. His training and those psychotropic drugs really shorten Tyson's career. Styles make fights and most of the guys today don't train like Tyson did and they haven't been any wars minus Vitali vs. Lennox. Tyson would KO most guys of this era within 3 rounds. Now the Klits have something that would keep Tyson at bay and that's their jab, but in the later rounds when the Klits are known to get touched, Tyson finishes them. 96-97 Tyson was still throwing 3,4, & sometimes 5 punch combos...somethings gonna land. Not to mention the signature right step-right hook to the body-right upper cut or lead left hook which makes a fighter think before throwing the right hand. 96-97 Tyson is still very dangerous for the Klits.
Originally Posted by LA_2_Vegas
I think it really highlights how underrated Holyfield can be.
It might not hold weight to some, but I can't look past Evander almost beating a "champ" in Valuev in 2008 - a fighter from a different era, and someone who might be the most notable win on David Haye's resume. Holyfield essentially laid the blueprint to beat Valuev before Haye came in and swooped that title.
Holyfield/Tyson was a physically grueling fight that tested both guys, there were some big shots landed by Tyson and I have a hard time believing others would walk through and be able to maintain their gameplan for that long...even with the experience, Evander got tired himself midway thru the fight - there's nobody listed outside of maybe Adamek, which is stretching it, who has been in half the wars Evander was in to that point.
Just based on styles there aren't many on that list who either: have the size and know how to hold; or are his size, have power, and know how to fight inside. There are some who bring some cool intangibles and there would be some fun fights.
as far as a Klitschko...I think that Wlad and Steward's old time knowledge of Tyson would have formulated a perfect gameplan as well, because he does know how to hold and have the size. Wlad is faster on his feet than Lennox, but I have a feeling Steward would have him using similar strategy.
The thing is that Tyson could take sustained beatings like a man, so even if Wlad was winning and controlling, if he got tired for too long trying to maintain the gamplan he could get put out. Similar strategies, but he is more at risk at getting tired than Lennox is imo.