Danny Williams talks about Tyson


Published: June 26, 2005

Leading British heavyweight
Danny Williams has paid tribute to Mike Tyson, whom he beat last July.

“I’ve always said that I beat a 40% Mike Tyson. I admitted that
before and after I fought Mike that I’d have no chance against even a
80% Mike Tyson. But I still think what I did was a good achievement –
even people like Evander Holyfield said the Tyson I fought looked great
for the first three rounds.

“But the Tyson who turned up the other Saturday didn’t want to
fight. I think he was there because the people he owes money to made
him fight and I think he was almost glad he got beat because now he
doesn’t have to train or run or do anything like that no more. Maybe
he’d thought to himself that ‘If I can lose to a guy to Danny Williams,
I don’t want to be here no more’ but whatever it was, he was in no
shape to fight.

“It is sad that he’s fought to this age. I know that I’m almost
contradicting myself here because if he hadn’t have fought on so long
I’d never had beat him and got a big pay-day and a world heavyweight
title shot last December – but I grew up idolising Tyson and can’t help
but feel for him and his fans.

“I think Mike Tyson is one of the two or three best heavyweights of
all time. He let himself down in later years, in many ways, but at his
peak he’d have beaten nearly every fighter who ever lived. I’d rank him
much higher than either Lennox Lewis or Evander Holyfield in spite of
the defeats.

“There are two ways to judge fighters in an historical context. One
is who you think would have beaten who, and I believe Mike Tyson at his
best would have wiped out Lewis and Holyfield inside three, four

“The other way is to look at who at achieved what in their careers,
who had the most titles, title wins, beat the most champions and
reigned the longest. Judging on that, Lewis and Holyfield and some
others join Tyson at the top but if you prefer to look at who’s best
was better than anyone else’s best, then Mike Tyson is right up there
with Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes.

“At his best, Tyson was an unbelievable fighter and boxing fans
will be watching fights of his on tape or DVD or whatever else for
decades and decades to come. I hope Mike is happy with his legacy and
can now find some peace in his life.”

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“I watched the McBride fight live on TV and
from the first round I could see that Tyson wasn’t himself. He wasn’t
fast, he was explosive, and he couldn’t even fire a right cross like he
used to. He had no balance. He looked terrible in the very first round
and if he looked that bad in the first round I knew he wasn’t going to
look any better as the fight went on.

“When Tyson came out for the second round he was twice as bad as he
was in the first and I knew then that if Mike didn’t land a massive
shot right away then it was all over for him. He looked so poor, I
can’t believe he actually trained for the fight.

“It just wasn’t Mike Tyson. From early on in his career he’s always
started at 100miles an hour and then slowed down as the fight went on.
He did that against Tony Tucker and Bonecrusher Smith in the 1980s and
he even did that with me last year; although of course in the 80s he’d
go on to win on points but with me, when he was old, he was open to
attacks after three rounds.

“Against McBride, he didn’t even have 30seconds of aggression and speed in him. He started off slow and then lost speed.

“Kevin McBride essentially beat nothing. I know people are now
going to say that I beat nothing, too, and try and take way my victory.

“To be honest, it does upset me and hurt me a bit because only real
boxing fans would be able to understand that the Tyson I fought was
still throwing combinations and moving his head while the Tyson of the
other week couldn’t do any of that.

“Those people who really know their boxing will be able to tell
that the Tyson I fought threw some beautiful shots, was in much better
condition than the one who McBride beat.