Published: October 29, 2005
Boxing’s no.1 expert, Barry Mcguigan, on Iron Mike’s UK visit
THE Mike Tyson roadshow hits the UK next month at £210 a ticket. Bargain.
reckon punters will be queuing around the block in London, Birmingham
and Manchester just to catch a glimpse of the fighter once crowned
youngest heavyweight champion of the world.
hysteria that surrounds every move that Tyson makes, it is easy to lose
sight of how good he was when he dropped Trevor Berbick on the seat of
his pants to win the world title at just 20 years old.
Williams would not have made it through the first round had he
encountered Tyson in the days when his ferocity was at its height.
Kevin McBride would have been dispatched all too briefly as well. No disrespect to either.
Indeed I would contend that had he met any of his conquerors in his prime, Tyson would have had too much for them.
That is one of the questions I would put to
him were I lucky enough to be seated at a table in his company next
month: “Mike, would you have beaten Lennox Lewis in your heyday? Or
In my view the answer is yes.
You just have to watch the video of his early reign to see how destructive Tyson was.
he worked with Kevin Rooney he had brilliant lateral movement. He could
slip punches superbly, make opponents miss then hit them with half a
Most heavyweights land with
one or two. Tyson unloaded with fearsome combinations. Technically that
was the secret of his greatness.
question for you, Mike? “Which of the Hall of Fame heavies would you
have liked to have fought?” I would have loved to have seen Tyson in
with Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali and Riddick
Bowe at his best.
In a recent survey Tyson did feature in the lists of top 10 heavyweights provided by great trainers. He is in mine.
remember my father returning from an annual trip to New York with tales
of a 16-year-old heavyweight he had seen in the Catskills.
went up from New York with Rudy Greco, a lawyer who used to work with
fighters at Gleesons gym, where my dad would spend much of his free
time watching the boxers work out, checking out those in my division.
was a good friend of Cus D’Amato. He told my dad he had to see this
kid. When my father came home he told me to put my mortgage on this
teenager becoming the next heavyweight champion.
That kid was Tyson.
losing to McBride, Tyson admitted the fight had left him. He could not
do it any more. I would want to ask if it hadn’t left him by the time
he entered the ring with 40-1 outsider Buster Douglas in Tokyo in 1990?
And I would like to know what he would change about his past so that he might have prolonged his reign.
I would also like to know how a man blows $300million.
Though sadly I think I can hazard a guess at what the answer to that might be…
Don’t forget that you can visit Bary’s official website at www.barrymcguigan.com
WHO’S THE GREATEST HEAVYWEIGHT?
NAME CAREER RECORD
Joe Louis 1931-1951 69-3 (55 KO)
Rocky Marciano 1947-1955 49-0-0 (43 KO)
Muhammad Ali 1960-1981 56-5-0 (37 KO)
Larry Holmes 1973-2002 69-6-0 (44 KO)
Mike Tyson 1985-2005 50-6-0 (44 KO)
Lennox Lewis 1989-2003 41-2-1 (32 KO)
Tickets for tour are on sale now, contact:
(01302) 370999. The event will include a four-course dinner and
speeches. More info available here.