Legendary prizefighter “Iron” Mike Tyson provided a blueprint to defeat Ring Magazine, IBF, IBO and WBO king “Dr. Steelhammer” Wladimir Klitschko in an interview with the Wall Street Journal Monday.
Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs), who was deservedly inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum last June, said constant movement and penetration would be vital to trump the indomitable Ukrainian.
“You would have to fight Klitschko like a Joe Frazier or Henry Armstrong. Come in behind the jab,” said Tyson, 45, who remains at 20 the youngest man to ever win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles. “Move your head all the time. Get inside and stay there. And when he misses, make him pay with devastating counter punches. It would be very physical (http://www.espn.co.uk/boxing/sport/story/139527.html?CMP=OTC-RSS).”
Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) successfully defended his crowns and earned the 50th knockout of his professional career Saturday afternoon in the fourth round against French challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck at the Espirit Arena in Duesseldorf, Germany.
“Dr. Steelhammer,” who has emerged victorious in 15 consecutive prizefights and lost only a handful of rounds since he lost to Lamon Brewster by a fifth round TKO in April 2004, utterly battered and continuously floored the overmatched Mormeck (36-5, 22 KOs).
Klitschko, 35, the winner of a Gold medal as a super heavyweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, has now managed to defend his titles on 11 straight occasions.
Tyson, who Ring Magazine ranked No. 16 on their list of the 100 greatest punchers of all-time in 2003, fought in a manner very comparable to Frazier (32-4-1, 27 KOs) and Armstrong (149-21-10, 101 KOs).
When Tyson’s Peek-a-Boo protection was still in vintage form, he seamlessly weaved out of the way of his opponents’ punches while he closed in to launch one of his amazingly explosive combinations.
On any given evening during the peak of his career, “Iron Mike,” who beautifully intertwined his outstanding hand speed and accuracy with ferocious punching power, could have knocked any pugilist onto Queer Street.
Mike Cappiello, who earned the New England super featherweight title in 1990 and finished his professional career with an impressive record of 33-6, believes a fighter like Tyson could have dismantled Klitschko.
“Wladimir Klitschko can be beat,” said Cappiello, the owner of Cappiello Brothers Boxing in Brockton (Mass). “He is always on the outside not wanting to be hit because he knows his chin isn’t the greatest.”
“Dr. Steelhammer” has dominated the squared circle since George W. Bush’s first term and he will inevitably continue to maim the entire heavyweight landscape well into the foreseeable future.
Nevertheless, a prime Mike Tyson would have punished Wladimir Klitschko and ultimately rendered him unconscious “with devastating counter punches.”