Originally Posted by BigStereotype
He was percolating and then Douglas happened and then he never got it back. If he had held it together, he would have completely cleaned up the division. Like completely. Not having Holyfield on his ledger (post-prison mike doesn't even factor into his ATG status imo) is a huge, huge, huge blow. Even if Holyfield had beaten him, as long as the fight had been competitive, it would be a massive boon to his status.
Mike Tyson's HW division was a very short one. And his division, while it lasted, was completely and utterly dominated.
When he came on the scene in the early-mid 80's, he beat everyone there was to fight and won every single belt. He didn't duck anyone, fought everyone, and pretty much destroyed everyone.
The fact he did this at 20 years of age is what makes it even more impressive.