Saturday, March 17, 2007

Joe Louis vs Mike Tyson - What If....

On the surface this is a good matchup. Neither man was a big heavyweight, both men could punch. Louis had better overall boxing skills, but Tyson was quicker. All things being equal, I would go with the fighter that that has that intangible quality called heart. After being knocked out by Max Schmeling, Louis rebounded and eventually KO'ed Scmeling in a return match. After being knocked down by Buddy Baer in a heavyweight title fight Louis got up to knock Baer down three times. After being outboxed and outfought for twelve rounds by Billy Conn, Louis, still in the fight finds an opening and KO's Conn. These are all the marks of a real champion. Tyson on the other hand is very good as long as he's winning, not so good when he meets real resistance. Couldn't find a way to overcome a very mediocre Buster Douglas, who was having the best night of his life, and was nowhere man enough for Evander Holyfield. He wouldn't be man enough for Louis either.

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