First things first: Scar, you're a good guy, and you are one of the most
prolific and interesting writers on RSB (I love your 'this fighter in history
vs this fighter in history' posts). That being said, I wouldn't want you as my
personal handicapper. :)
My comments are probably going to sound rough, and I apologize in advance,
because you do seem like a really nice guy. Sorry. Anyway, to the points . .
>Mike Tyson is better in history than Lennox Lewis as of right now.
We know this; this wasn't in any dispute before tonight. Anyone who watched
Lewis lose to Mercer and to Holy in the second fight, get rocked by Frank Bruno
and Shannon Briggs knew what this guy was all about: Big fish, weak
(heavyweight) pond. It's not his fault he came in at the right time, but his
main competition was either detained (Tyson), too old and small (Holy), or had
been taken out of the game (Bowe). To his credit, Lewis either did or tried to
fight all of these guys, but I am now convinced Bowe knocks him out with Lewis'
weak chin. Lewis was what he was: Big and athletic. But he also wasn't what
he wasn't: not a warrior, doesn't have a good chin, and had weak competition.
Sooner or later, this was going to happen to him. I've got to think that the
boxing historians knew that Tyson, particularly prime Tyson, was so vastly
superior to Lewis that it isn't even funny. But, to be fair here, people
always could have dismissed McCall as 'the lucky punch' (though, again, the
real historians would have seen Briggs, Bruno, etc. for the truth), but now,
with this one - punch knockout, the truth is on the table, and there is CLEARLY
no doubt as to who the better fighter is in history.
>If Tysom dominates David Izon, there is little question that Tyson has had a
>better career than Lennox Lewis.
Tyson, in NO way, shape, or form, needs to beat David Izon to solidify his
career. Being the youngest ever heavyweight champion, terrorizing the division
for years, reducing respected, undefeated men like Michael Spinks to nothing
made Mike Tyson's career. David Izon seems like a decent guy, but he will just
be (actually, he might not end up being with tonight's result) another name in
Anyway, keep up the good work, and take care.
- Paul Villarreal