Iron Mike Tyson heads to his bout against Roy Jones Jr. with a reputation for dominating his opponents. Most people, though, know Tyson for what he’s done since exiting the ring than for what he did in the ring. Tyson didn’t become the youngest heavyweight in history because he couldn’t box. Iron Mike knows the sport better than almost any other human being on the planet. He understands its history and why boxing aficionados call it the sweet science. With that in mind, let’s go down memory lane and rediscover Mike’s top victories during his early fighting days so you can keep planning your bets against our Mike Tyson Odds for the rapidly approaching fight.
Iron Mike Top 5 Wins In His Career
- Tyson beats Tony Tucker via decision
Iron Mike didn’t provide one of his devastating knockouts, but he proved something that some believed he might not prove, that he could hang with a fighter with vastly superior physical tools and still win. Tony Tucker was 6’ 5” and had an 82” reach.
Mike Tyson was 5’ 10” and had a 71” reach. Tyson outpointed Tucker during a 12 round slugfest. Mike proved that he didn’t have to knockout an opponent to win a fight. He could box a much taller opponent, one with a great jab, and come out ahead on points. Tyson beat Tucker by outsmarting Tony. He knew what Tony was going to do, anticipated Tucker’s movement, and then got in more punches even though Tony is much, much taller and has a much longer reach.
Not only that, but Tony was undefeated at the time. Mike’s win over Tucker is the most impressive, from a pure boxing standpoint, in his career.
- Tyson takes 91 seconds to knockout Michael Spinks
Spinks was supposed to have the jab and ring smarts to handle Mike Tyson. Not only did Spinks lose, but Iron Mike devastated him with a knockout punch after 91-seconds. Spinks was 31-0 with 21 knockouts. He didn’t look scared while waiting for the bell to ring.
But once the fight started, Spinks appeared to have an awful, horrible plan. He couldn’t match Tyson’s speed so every time Iron Mike came forward, Spinks couldn’t land a punch. Then, once Spinks discovered that the plan wouldn’t work, Iron Mike used his ring smarts to anticipate Spinks’ delivery. That’s how Tyson beat Spinks to spots on the floor and how Iron Mike landed the devastating uppercut that floored Spinks for good.
Iron Mike knew Michael Spinks was going to throw the overhand right. He had done so in the preceding 90 seconds. Anticipating that, Iron Mike threw an uppercut low because he had already seen how Spinks moved his head and to the left after throwing the overhand right.
- Iron Mike beats Green after 10-Rounds
Green came into the fight with a decent plan. He landed some good shots as Tyson came in, but Mitch’s punches didn’t have close to the power that Tyson’s punches did. What makes this an impressive win for Iron Mike is how he maintained his calm even though Green kept holding the back of his head and punching. Tyson stuck to the script. Every time Mike did that, he won.
- Mike regains his title against Frank Bruno after time in prison
Nobody believed Frank Bruno had a shot to beat Mike Tyson in their second fight in 1996. But some believed Tyson might not be the same after spending time in jail. Iron Mike did show some rust although, eventually, he got to Bruno. It’s difficult for any fighter to come back after time off and be as good as he was before. Tyson wasn’t but he showed he wasn’t that far off from being his former self.
- Tyson beats Berbick to become youngest heavyweight champ in history
An important fight? Absolutely! But Tyson’s victory over Trevor Berbick didn’t impress as much as the others on this list because Berbick didn’t have the skills that a Tony Tucker or even a Frank Bruno possessed.
Also, Iron Mike didn’t show the patience and fight knowledge that he displayed in wins over Tucker, Spinks, and Green. He dominated Berbick, whom most felt heading into the fight was a paper tiger compared to the 20-year-old Tyson. Berbick versus Tyson makes the list due to its historical significance.
It doesn’t make the list to show how incredibly smart of a boxer Mike Tyson is. If Tyson uses his boxing knowledge on November 28, even a fighter who challenges Mike on the boxing smarts scale like Roy Jones Jr. could have some trouble.
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|