WATCH: A Young Mike Tyson With No Headgear Gives Pro Boxer Jimmy Clark a Run for His Money

Published 08/24/2021, 6:00 PM EDT
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – OCTOBER 13,2001: Mike Tyson (R) throws a right punch against Brian Nielsen during the fight at the Parken, on October 13,2001 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mike Tyson won by a TD 7. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)


Mike Tyson ranks among the most ferocious and devastating boxers of all time. In the retro boxing era, Tyson bagged attention with his highlight knockouts and out-of-the-box fighting skills. Moreover, he became a heavyweight champ at just 20. To bag a world title at such an early age, Tyson was killing himself in the gym every day.

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Also, Mike Tyson sparred with some renowned pugilists from the old boxing era to sharpen up his skills. That said, ‘Iron’ Mike left no stones unturned in those sparring sessions and always gave a good run to anyone he faced.

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Recently, Roots of Combat shared an old video of young Mike Tyson on its Twitter handle. Here, ‘The Baddest Man on the Plant’ is seen sparring pro-boxer Jimmy Clark, who was a fan favorite fighter back then.

In this sparring session, Tyson didn’t even wear headgear. Despite that, he didn’t hold back, landed his punches on Clark, and impressed everyone. Back then, not many people identified Tyson’s talent. However, as he believed in himself, he came on top to prove his mettle.

Tyson came to professional heavyweight mix in 1985 and did not turn back at all, achieving glory just a year later in 1986.

He unquestionably faced some setbacks in his decorated run, but it wasn’t enough to stop him from cementing himself as a legend.

Mike Tyson – The finest heavyweight of all time?

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Mike Tyson hung up his gloves in 2005. When he retired, his pro-boxing record stood tall with a gigantic 50 wins and just 6 losses.

UNDATED: Mike Tyson raises his fists after winning a bout. (Photo by Focus on Sport via Getty Images)

Prior to him, no one in the heavyweight division attained such stupendous stardom. Tyson’s aura set him apart from countless pugilists. Hence, ‘Iron Mike’ established himself as the finest heavyweight of all time.

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He still is an active face of boxing and fans track whatever he does with great interest. That said, there will never be someone close to Mike Tyson in terms of stardom, skill sets, and aura.

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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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