Ali vs Tyson: Clash of the Titans
Muhammad Ali versus “Iron” Mike Tyson is a dream match nobody would ever see save for simulations made in boxing video games. It is without a shadow of a doubt that both boxers were extremely dominant for their respective eras and were two of the best boxers of all time. Both were massive box office draws who helped boxing gain immense popularity.
Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. He is best known for his catchphrase “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see. “He had an impressive decade long thirty-one (31) fight winning streak which included two victories over the WBA, WBC, The Ring & Lineal Heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. At the young age of 22, Ali was already the world heavyweight champion.
As iconic as Muhammad Ali was in the boxing ring, so was he outside of it. He was against the Vietnam War and refused to be drafted. He was also an advocate for African American rights as he was a victim of racial discrimination during his younger days.
Tyson Redefines Heavyweights
Michael Gerard Tyson began his career with an impressive thirty-seven (37) fight win streak which lasted almost 5 years. Known as the “baddest man on the planet” he demolished opponent after opponent and was feared in the industry. Tyson fights were the polar opposite of today’s Mayweather fights. While Mayweather fights are usually long and dragging, Tyson fights were swift and brutal. Most of his early fights would be done before you even finished your first beverage.
For his career, Muhammad Ali has a sterling 91.80% winning percentage with fifty-six (56) victories in six-one (61) fights. Thirty-seven (37) of these victories come via knock-out. He only had five (5) losses which mostly came towards the end of his career when he was clearly past his prime. “Iron” Mike Tyson has an 86.20% winning percentage with fifty (50) victories. An astounding 44 or 88% of those victories came via knockout. He had six (6) losses and two (2) no contests. Most of those losses and no contests likewise came when Tyson was past his prime.