WATCH: When Mike Tyson Entered God Mode and Became Untouchable in the Ring

Published 01/13/2022, 6:12 AM EST
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)


Mike Tyson ruled boxing in the 1990s. ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’, with his unreal knockout power, rapidly climbed the ladders of the heavyweight division. A huge chunk of Tyson’s fans loved him for the one-punch knockout power he displayed. However, he hardly got credit for his impeccable defense.

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Recently, ESPN Ringside put a video on social media. In this video, Tyson can be seen showing off his slick head movements and defense.

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Tyson possessed a ‘Peek-a-Boo’ boxing style. He kept his hands in front and moved rapidly inside the squared circle. With this iconic style, ‘Iron’ Mike worked extensively on his head movements.

He often used to bend a bit in order to attack his opponent’s body with hooks or target the chin with uppercuts. However, when his adversaries threw a barrage of punches, Tyson often used to divide his body load by moving his legs and weaving left and right.

Tyson’s exhaustive style confused many opponents and hardly anyone could catch him while he was mobile. While showing off his defense, Tyson used to move ahead slowly and steadily to cut the gap to land his devastating power punches.

In which fights did Mike Tyson show his flawless defense?

Mike Tyson had many memorable bouts that are remembered even today. However, there were a few fights wherein ‘Iron’ Mike showed his out of box defense, along with crucifying power.

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – OCTOBER 16: Boxer Mike Tyson beats Tyrell Biggs at Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey October 16 1987. (Photo by Jeffrey Asher/ Getty Images)

In his second fight against Frank Bruno, Tyson dodged many of his rival’s power-packed right hands with swift head movements.

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In his fight against Robert Colay, ‘Iron’ Mike bent twice, moving left and right to avoid getting hit before landing a cracking left shot to finish the fight. Apart from this, Tyson, in his fight against Michael Johnson, dodged two heavy blows to land a power-packed body shot.

There are many more fights wherein Tyson proved to be an absolute genius with his defense. The boxing world will truly never have a star like him.

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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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