The late great Joe Frazier was interviewed by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith when he said that Mike Tyson would have been a better fighter if he had never learned to talk.
Joe Frazier may have made a great point regarding Mike Tyson but his son quickly ruined it.
Mike Tyson was as dominating as any heavyweight boxer in history during his heyday, according to his record. Despite his 37-0 start to his professional career, Tyson was nonetheless subjected to some criticism. Some of it came from Joe Frazier, another top heavyweight fighter.
Joe Frazier was a boxer who knew a thing or two about the sport.
On April 20, 2009, boxer Joe Frazier and Mike Tyson attend a screening of “Tyson” at the AMC Loews 19th Street in New York City. | WireImage/Jemal Countess
Frazier, like Tyson, had a fantastic start to his pro boxing career. He won his first 29 fights in a row, the first ten via knockout. In 1970, Frazier became the undisputed heavyweight champion, and Ring Magazine awarded him Fighter of the Year in 1967, 1970, and 1971.
Frazier was in for the fight of his life after winning his 26th bout in a row. On March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden, he faced the unbeaten Muhammad Ali. The fight was dubbed “Fight of the Century.” With the usual trash talk, Ali and Frazier heated up the battle. The battle was well-attended, and it was televised in 36 countries.
Frazier was knocked out in the first two rounds, but he recovered to win a 15-round unanimous decision against Ali. Ali prevailed in each of their subsequent fights.
On Jan. 22, 1973, Frazier was defeated for the first fight in his career by George Foreman. Frazier’s boxing career ended with 32 victories, four defeats, and a tie.
He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as well as the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Mike Tyson was mentioned by Joe Frazier, and he appeared to make a fair argument.
Tyson was a statistically dominating boxer, having knocked out his first 19 opponents on his route to a 37-0 record. When he knocked out Lorenzo Boyd in the second round to move to 24-0, Frazier chimed in with his thoughts on the guy known as “Iron Mike.”
According to United Press International, Frazier stated in July 1986, “I don’t see who he truly has beaten.”
“Rather than having him fight all the time against someone who ain’t nobody,” he added, “you need to sit him down and teach him things.” “It doesn’t make any sense to put him in the ring and have him punch out someone who has to be in the kitchen cooking. I’m not sure how that will make him champion.”
Frazier may have been correct.
Tyson had never fought a major name in the ring until that point. Sammy Scaff, Conroy Nelson, and Mark Young were among the opponents he faced.
Frazier spent a lot of time talking about Tyson, emphasizing that he hadn’t faced any tough opponents in the ring. He might have been correct, but he could also have gone too far. After remarks he made regarding Tyson’s 25th opponent, Frazier’s son, Marvis Frazier, it became difficult to take him seriously.
Marvis Frazier entered his bout with Tyson with a 16-1 record. Larry Holmes knocked him out in the first round, which was his first defeat. Marvis would be able to withstand Tyson’s hard-hitting style, according to the older Frazier.
According to UPI, Joe Frazier said, “(Marvis will) be moving all the time.” “When he gets into a fight, he gets into a fight. He’s not going to stand there holding hands and joking around.”
Joe Frazier was completely incorrect. Marvis didn’t even have enough time to have a good time.
The youthful Frazier was knocked down in less than 30 seconds by Tyson. Tyson’s knockout was the fastest of his career.
With his remark about Tyson fighting a lot of no-names, Joe Frazier, who died in 2011, may have been onto something. In a half-minute, he lost part of his credibility.
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