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02 OCTOBER 2014

 

Mike Tyson: Does three years make a legend?




Introducing our new In This Corner section, a brand new addition to Legends where two members of the SecondsOut team express opposed opinions on a specific topic.

Fifteen years ago on November 22, a new era exploded on the heavyweight horizon as a terrifying 20-year-old named Mike Tyson butchered WBC champion Trevor Berbick inside of two rounds in Las Vegas. For the remainder of the 1980s, Iron Mike would lay siege to the legacies of Sonny Liston and George Foreman as the most intimidating and powerful heavyweight in history.

Before the 10th defence of the greatest prize in sport, against 40-1 outsider James Buster Douglas in February 1990, Tyson was making inroads towards the previously unassailable legends of Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis: Tyson was been talked about as perhaps the greatest heavyweight of all time. But Douglas won via a shocking 10th round stoppage. Eleven years, two prison spells, several suspensions, two further losses and two world titles later: Tyson’s placement amongst the immortals is uncertain.

In a brand new addition to Legends two members of the SecondsOut team express opposed opinions on a specific topic. Here the question of Mike Tyson’s claims to greatness is articulately attacked and then passionately defended by Contributing Editors Patrick Kehoe and Paul Upham respectively. After hearing both sides of this emotive topic, readers are invited to write in with their own judgements on Iron Mike’s place in history. In This Corner: Patrick Kehoe: Tyson's failure from within vs Paul Upham: Tyson legacy secured 12 years ago, click here for their arguments >>




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