We’re on the cusp of November, which means it’s time to start thinking about Tyson versus Roy Jones Jr. Two legends in the sport of boxing will throw down on November 28 in what many have called nothing but a showman, exhibition, fight. However, as most boxing fans who remember Iron Mike in the 1980’s will tell you, Tyson doesn’t know how to fight in an exhibition. That being said, let’s jump right into action so you can keep on planning your bets against our Mike Tyson Odds.
Iron Mike Tyson’s 5 Most Effective Boxing Techniques
The former Baddest Man on the Planet will go after Roy “Superman” Jones Jr. If we know it, we must expect that Roy knows it as well, which means we should be in line for a great action bout in late November.
In this blog, we talk about Mike Tyson and the five most effective techniques he used to become one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time.
Iron Mike used these 5 boxing techniques to dominate
- Mike attacked at angles
Tyson’s most effective technique is a boxing staple. Successful boxers know that the one who wins isn’t always the fastest or strongest. It’s about when to attack and how to attack. Boxing is like chess, which is why Teofimo Lopez could beat someone like Vasyl Lomachenko.
Tyson knew that he had to attack his opponents off center. Any time a boxer goes rushing in and tries to fight his opponent head on like a bull, there’s a chance he can get knocked out, or, in Mike’s case, wrapped up. But when Iron Mike went after his opponents from an angle, slightly off-center, and with his feet in the proper position, he could land power punches against much taller opponents.
- Tyson went to the body
Body punching is an art. Don’t believe us? Ask anybody who has fought Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue. Inoue is on of the best body punchers to ever step into a ring. Iron Mike could never get to the body the way Naoya does, but nobody in boxing ever has.
What Tyson did was use punches upstairs to open up his opponent’s body. Roy Jones did the same thing in his prime. Throw a punch towards the head, then as soon as the hands rise, go to the body. Tyson also won angles over his opponent to put himself into a position to throw powerful body punches.
- Nobody slipped and countered like Mike
The best boxer to ever use the slip and counter was Floyd Mayweather Jr. Floyd slipped by turning his shoulder. Often, because he fought overmatched opponents, he’d then land a punch from the opposite shoulder.
The reason slipping and countering works so well is that by slipping, fighters like Mayweather Jr. has his feet and body in position to throw the counter. So, if Floyd slipped with his left shoulder, he could counter with a right.
Tyson also slipped, but with Iron Mike it was more subtle. He slipped by lowering his body and then slipping to either the right or left. Like Floyd, Iron Mike delivered pinpoint accurate counter punches after the slip.
- Iron Mike fought low ala Jack Dempsey
Few fighters had the body control that a young Mike Tyson displayed. You must have ultimate control of your body to lower it in a defensive position the way Dempsey did. To make things even more harmful for their opponents, both Dempsey and Tyson threw punches from a crouched, low, position.
How could Jack and Iron Mike pull off counters from what looks like a bad punching position? They were masters of controlling their bodies. They also always had their feet in the perfect position to throw a punch.
- Mike employed the peek-a-boo to devastating affect
The peek-a-boo style depends on slight movements from a defensive position with the hands close to the chin. The reason Mike could pull it off is because he was as fast as any heavyweight to ever step into the ring not named Muhammad Ali.
Tyson’s speed allowed him to attack from the peek-a-boo. Most fighters aren’t fast enough to land punches with their hands close to their chin. Mike was.
It will be interesting to see how many of these techniques Iron Mike Tyson uses in his fight against Roy Jones Jr. on November 28. The fight is almost here. Soon, Iron Mike and Roy “Superman” Jones Jr. will duke it out in the ring.
Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. – Frontline Battle Stats
Roy Jones Jr.
|Nickname||Iron Mike||Captain Hook|
|Hometown||New York City, New York, U.S.||Pensacola, Florida, U.S.|
|Pre-fight record||50–6 (44 KOs)||66–9 (47 KOs)|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Recognition||Former undisputed heavyweight champion||Former IBF middleweight, IBF super middleweight, undisputed light heavyweight, and WBA heavyweight champion|