There are various reasons for why a fighter loses more than he or she wins towards the end of their career. The most obvious is that a fighter simply gets too old to step into a boxing ring and both dish punishment and take punishment. Father Time catches up with everyone, which is why most believe Tyson ended his career losing 3 of his last 4 bouts because he simply got old and slow. That said, let’s find out if Iron Mike will show his signature move so you can keep placing your bets against his Mike Tyson Odds.
Tyson Vs Jones Jr. – Will Iron Mike Show His Signature Movement on Nov. 28?
Anyone who has watched Tyson train heading into his Nov. 28 fight with the great Roy Jones Jr. knows that’s not the case. Iron Mike Tyson looks like he could dominate current ranked heavyweights, much less Jones Jr. He’s definitely in better shape than he was when Kevin McBride beat him on June 11, 2005, Mike’s last fight as a professional.
Visually, Tyson doesn’t look like a 54-year-old man who can’t hang in the ring, which brings us to the point of this article. The reason Iron Mike lost so many fights towards the end of his career wasn’t because he had gotten old. It’s because he got lazy. He didn’t move.
Tyson’s lack of movement started in the loss to Buster Douglas
What so many fail to realize is that before the Buster Douglas fight, Tyson had a different style. He fought with the style Cus D’Amato had taught him, the peek-a-boo. After Jim Jacobs passed, Tyson also left Bill Cayton, which means Mike also parted ways with his trainer, Kevin Rooney.
Changing trainers is a massive deal in boxing. After the first round against Douglas, it’s apparent that his new trainer, Jay Bright, had changed Tyson’s style. Yes, Iron Mike entered the fight in a volatile relationship with Robin Givens and not caring a lot about winning or losing.
But it didn’t help that Tyson had a different style. He stood straighter and didn’t move as much. It’s as if he had forgotten everything he learned by watching Jack Dempsey.
Tyson’s lack of movement continued after the Douglas fight
Even after the Douglas fight, Tyson continued in the normal boxing style Bright had preached. The difference in styles is stark. The young Tyson bent low, bobbed and weaved, and then exploded from a crouched position.
The reason Cus taught Iron Mike that style is because in almost every one of his fights, Tyson gave up inches in height. D’Amato knew that for Tyson to land power punches, he had to move, and he had to move a lot.
The style Tyson employed in the Douglas fight and in most fight after was more of a style for taller boxers. Stand up straight and use your height to keep distance. Then, box your way in with your jab and land power shots.
By the time Tyson had switched back to his bobbing, weaving, crouching style, he couldn’t physically do it. Iron Mike admits that by the time he fought Danny McBride, he was in the worst shape of his life. He didn’t have enough speed to get into position for power punches, he couldn’t counter anything the slow McBride threw.
On Nov. 28, there’s a chance Iron Mike’s signature movement returns. Tyson became a vegan in 2013. Although veganism alone won’t help Mike get back some of his speed, we must remember that he fights 51-year-old Roy Jones. Jr.
Like Iron Mike, Superman’s style is also based on movement. Roy, like Mike, lost speed to his movement towards the end of his career as well, which means whichever fighter has regained the most speed to their movement could end up winning the fight.
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|