QUOTE (ROLL DEEP @ Aug 23 2011, 05:38 AM)
They have both been exploited by the other fighters strengths.
Tyson, when fighting someone who has mental strength, can hit and knows how to use their jab, has lost and/or struggled.
Lewis, when facing a big puncher, has been KO'd.
There is a big argument either way and it's a difficult call.
Tyson has tremendous power and speed, but he never got chance to use it against a pedigree heavyweight of Lewis' standard whilst in his prime. Lennox dominated the majority of his opponents and could fight aggressively or patiently, but has been known to start slow and there will always be questions about his chin.
Would Tyson shut down and mentally crumble if he didn't get Lewis out of there within 6 rounds?
Would Lewis start slow or gas out and succumb to the KO?
What's interesting is Riddick has specified which Tyson is fighting which is the 1986-88 version. That tyson didn't know how to lose and trained like an animal. I remember a quote from Evander Holyfield (no mean training machine himself) whom remembers seeing Tyson training at a whole other level when they were both trying to make the Olympic team. That Tyson had work ethic, focus and self belief.
I remember when Tillis I think it was took the young man into deep water and Tyson was struggling with fatique in later rounds having made the classic youngsters mistake of coming out too early. He was taking some decent shots but Mike just dug down and fired back and gutsed it out.
Would he beat the prime version of Lewis? Who knows but I don't see the 1986-88 version giving up and mentally crumbling.
Have this fight 10 times each guy could well win 5 each, might just come down to the night.
As for Lewis he had some good wins but never beat a prime guy (not his fault though.) However he struggled with Mercer and Bruno, I think lost the 2nd fight against an aged Holyfield and got KO-ed twice by McCall and Rahman which says to me you never quite knew which Lennox Lewis was going to turn up.
Even in his prime 97-00 he was capable of patchy performances.