Mike Tyson Reveals His Most Favorite Punch

Published 10/02/2021, 11:03 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 16: Heavyweight fighter Mike Tyson fights Frank Bruno in a scheduled twelve round WBC heavyweight title fight March 16, 1996 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson won the fight by TKO in the third round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)


Heavyweight veteran Mike Tyson is a blueprint of success for several modern-age fighters. Starting from his outer-ring aura to in-ring prowess, umpteen factors tout him to be the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’. His knockout power may be the best of all the features he has. Holding 44 KOs in a career of 50 (W)-6 (L), it’s quite clear how Tyson has stopped most of his in-ring opponents.

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His vicious uppercuts could have been heard all around the globe back in the late ’80s to late 90s. There wasn’t really an answer to Tyson’s dominance, as ‘Iron’ was also technically alarming. Hence, he was a proper mixture of power and precision.

Now, 15 years after his retirement, when asked about his favorite shot by ES News, Mike Tyson said, “Right hand, straight. Straight right, 1..2..”

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‘Iron’ used to set up his power shots through his right hand and had one of the deadliest fists back in the days. After becoming the youngest heavyweight champion at 20 in 1986, Tyson went on a flawless ride of wins. Although he suffered losses midway, Tyson’s global popularity was still unscratched.

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Aged 55, the former world heavyweight champion, continues to trade blows. ‘Iron’ had his latest fight in November 2020 against Roy Jones Jr. It was an exhibition bout that prevented both men from unleashing their ultimate power. Hence, we don’t know whether Tyson can still stop opponents in the ring or not.

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There are high chances of fans seeing Mike Tyson in action once again. Following his battle against ‘Superman’ Jones Jr. for a custom WBC belt, Tyson can go up against his former rivals. Lennox Lewis appears a viable name who can lock horns against Mike Tyson in an intriguing re-match. The first fight in 2000 was an intense affair, where Lewis knocked out Tyson.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Mike Tyson exits the ring after receiving a split draw against Roy Jones Jr. during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)

A trilogy clash between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield was also being rumored to happen. However, Holyfield’s first-round KO loss against Vitor Belfort in his comeback fight may have disrupted the idea.

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Do you think Mike Tyson should continue stepping through the ropes? If yes, who should he fight? ‘The Lion’, ‘The Real Deal’, or someone else?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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