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Old 12-26-2008, 11:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Mike Tyson vs George Foreman (1996)

12 Rounds. Who wins?

I know there was a lot of talk of the fight back in 1995-1996 but obviously nothing ever materialised. I'd have loved to have seen it and I know that both Tyson and Foreman have both fought on the same card before*.. so who would have won?

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* 'Iron' Mike Tyson KO1 Henry Tillman
* 'Big' George Foreman KO2 Adilson Rodriquez
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Tyson by UD or Foreman by KO. Can't predict when the KO would come if it did come. Tyson wins this fight in a phone booth, Foreman wins this fight with a 1-2 combination outside of Tyson's range. Given George's lack of speed and accuracy along with Tyson's good head movement, he'll be hard pressed to land the 1-2. However, Tyson doesn't have a jab to throw when he comes in (simply doesn't have the build for it to be effective). As such, Foreman is posed with several opportunities to land big shots as Tyson is coming in. Foreman has never lost a fight to a man who didn't beat him with a jab, and Tyson never lost a fight (before he was shot) to a fighter who was as poor of a boxer as Foreman. The outcome of the fight ultimately is quite unpredictable, but I give Foreman the nod on his ability to get off the canvas and come back strong (notable in the Lyle fight).

To sum it up, I think the jab is a must to beat Foreman, and Tyson doesn't have it. He had the quickness and skills to circumvent that defect perhaps, but even if he got to Foreman, Foreman either wouldn't go down or he'd get back up. Then after a while that quickness of Mike drops off, and the 1-2 from Foreman will come to end the night.

*This analysis is prime vs prime
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Old 12-26-2008, 05:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tyson TKO in the mid rounds. George Foreman's comeback was full of journey men to build up his record, and to make him look good beating them up. He had heart and chin, along with the obvious punch. That was about it. In his comeback he was very slow, and could take a lot of punishment, but he could put his punches where he wanted to, and he was nearly impossible to move back.

George struggled when he stepped up in class, and a few times got some very arguable decisions. I feel by 1996 he wasn't even what he was in 1991, and I think Tyson would just completely beat up George. No knockdowns, just a big man standing infront of a younger man getting punched...a lot.
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tyson KO in l8 rounds. lol if this fight had taken place in 95-96 we would b watching murder in that ring
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Foreman had too good of a chin and too good of a defense to be taken out by Tyson, and he had too good of a punch to not knock Tyson out.
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Foreman had too good of a chin and too good of a defense to be taken out by Tyson, and he had too good of a punch to not knock Tyson out.
Foreman was hurt by the much lighter punching Holyfield 5 years prior to 96. So it's not outside the realm of possibilities.

There's also 1 man in common that Foreman, Tyson, and Holyfield have on their resume, and that's Alex Stewart. Foreman MD 10 Stewart '92. Holyfield TKO 8 Stewart '89 / UD 12 Stewart '93. Tyson KO 1 Stewart '90. This shows you were these guys were at in the early 90s. Foreman was 47 years old in '96 and had vacated the Heavyweight crown.

I assume you're going by the '96 analysis and not prime vs prime, because in his prime Foreman did not have a good defense.

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Foreman was hard to beat for a fighter as showrt as Mike Tyson was. I know Tyson would have a huge edge in speed but stylewise this would be bad for Mike. I mean, Tyson is not the kind of guy that moves in and out, he fights in close range, and comming and staying close to a guy like Foreman wouldnt be good, he would take those looping punches inevitably. Unlike Holyfield (who despite having many moments of trade with Foreman was using some distance to avoid the shots) Tyson would be there at close quarters all night.
I picture Tyson getting close and having more sucess early on, but with Foreman's size and strenght advantages I see Big George him pushing Tyson back and catching him with heavy shots.

I just dont think fighters that fight in a swarming style would have sucess against a guy like Foreman.
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Foreman was hard to beat for a fighter as showrt as Mike Tyson was. I know Tyson would have a huge edge in speed but stylewise this would be bad for Mike. I mean, Tyson is not the kind of guy that moves in and out, he fights in close range, and comming and staying close to a guy like Foreman wouldnt be good, he would take those looping punches inevitably. Unlike Holyfield (who despite having many moments of trade with Foreman was using some distance to avoid the shots) Tyson would be there at close quarters all night.
I picture Tyson getting close and having more sucess early on, but with Foreman's size and strenght advantages I see Big George him pushing Tyson back and catching him with heavy shots.

I just dont think fighters that fight in a swarming style would have sucess against a guy like Foreman.
This is a 47 year old George Foreman, not the man who was competitive with Holyfield.
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Tyson was perfect for George. Especially the post Rooney, post Buster Douglas, walk in with no head movement and trade fighter that he had become. Foreman would be beat with fast feet but not with anybody that would come in and trade like Tyson did with Rudduck.
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this would be a good fight,from the start of the first round tyson attacks foreman,foreman clobbers tyson with an uppercut and stuns tyson,tyson comes forward again and foreman levels him with a one two tyson is out like a light,foreman wins by:eatdrink: first round kayo
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