Mike Tyson Claims He Would Beat Deontay Wilder in His Prime

Published 10/12/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
BEIJING, CHINA – MARCH 01: (CHINA OUT) American former professional boxer Mike Tyson attends premiere of film “Ip Man 3” directed by Wilson Yip on March 1, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)


Back in the 1990s, the sport of boxing got its biggest star in Mike Tyson. ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ climbed the ladders of success too quickly with his highlight-like knockout wins. Moreover, all of his fights always allured millions of boxing fans, and the sport unquestionably peaked when he was in his prime.

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Tyson possessed impeccable power, and with this, he left many opponents unconscious. However, was his power enough to knock any modern-day heavyweights out cold?

Recently, ‘Iron’ Mike was in a chat with the American rapper Freddie Gibbs on the Hotboxin podcast. Here, Gibbs asked him what would happen if he faced Deontay Wilder back in 1985. Tyson took no time to issue a fiery one-liner.

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“I would beat him,” he responded.

Wilder and Tyson Fury are two completely different fighters. Tyson had the ability to move around the ring with his heavy frame. On top of that, his head movements and overall defense just complimented his punching power.

However, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ relies heavily on his right-hand power and he doesn’t really set his opponents in his range. That said, he badly got exposed to the same in his second fight against Tyson Fury.

But recently Wilder collided with Fury in a trilogy wherein he showed some good defense coupled with punching variations. Despite that, he ended up on the losing side again. However, citing his approach and newly adapted skills, Wilder would still prove to be an easy opponent for ‘Iron’ Mike.

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Tyson, in his prime, was getting past almost every opponent thrown in front of him. That said, if he’d fought the lanky Wilder, ‘Iron’ Mike would have unquestionably targeted his compatriot’s body first with his devastating punches.

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LAS VEGAS – FEBRUARY 25: Mike Tyson boxes Frank Bruno at the Hilton Hotel-Casino on February 25, 1989 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson defeated Bruno with a TKO in Round 5. (Focus on Sport via Getty Images)

In his prime, Tyson faced lanky fighters like Tyrell Biggs, Tony Tucker, and more. And in all these fights, he absolutely demolished these fighters with body shots first and then punches to the face.

That said, many believe that a Wilder vs Tyson fight would have ended in a blink because Tyson had a bunch of skills compared to ‘The Bronze Bomber’s limited prowess.

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Do you think Mike Tyson could really beat Deontay Wilder?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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