5 Reasons Why Mike Tyson is the Greatest Boxer of All-Time

By Jackee Arce

Examining Why Mike Tyson Is The Best Boxer in History

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Mike Tyson is undoubtedly one of the best boxers of all-time. Many would argue that he is the greatest boxer in history, and those people have many reasons to feel that way. Tyson hit a lot of bumps during his career, but he is still one of the most respected boxers of his time. Here are five reasons he is considered the greatest boxer of all-time.

5. He Knocks His Opponents Out Quickly

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5. He Knocks His Opponents Out Quickly

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One of things that made Mike Tyson such a great boxer was the way he knocked his opponents out quickly. One of the best parts of watching a boxing match is the KOs. Tyson was recognized for this ability and ESPN.com even voted him as the No. 1 hardest hitter in heavyweight history. KOs are the best way to decide true winners of fights, and Tyson's fights were rarely left questionable.

4. He Holds the Record For Quickest KO in the Junior Olympics

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4. He Holds the Record For Quickest KO in the Junior Olympics

4. He Holds the Record For Quickest KO in the Junior Olympics
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Mike Tyson competed in the Junior Olympic Games in 1981 and 1982. He won every match by KO. Furthermore, he holds the record for the quickest KO ever at eight seconds. Imagine being an amateur boxer and breaking the quickest KO record -- that's an amazing accomplishment on its own and was just a sample of what was to come for Tyson.

3. He is the Youngest Boxer to Win The Heavyweight Titles

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3. He is the Youngest Boxer to Win The Heavyweight Titles

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Mike Tyson won the WBC, WBA and the IBF heavyweight titles all by the age of 20. One of the most admirable things about Tyson is how early in his career he was able to dominate. This fact alone is evidence that he is the greatest boxer of all-time.

2. He Regained His Heavyweight Championship After Losing It

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2. He Regained His Heavyweight Championship After Losing It

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Mike Tyson’s career wasn’t perfect, but he still manages to stay at the top. He was one of a handful of boxers who was able to regain his championship title after losing it. That is not an easy feat and to accomplish that proves he was an incredible boxer.

1. He is the Only Heavyweight to Successfully Unify The Titles

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1. He is the Only Heavyweight to Successfully Unify The Titles

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Mike Tyson was in his prime as a young boxer and was able to successfully unify the WBA, WBC and IBF titles. He was the only heavyweight boxer to accomplish this feat. This is something other boxers dream of accomplishing, yet he was able to do so early on. This shows that he was the greatest boxer of all-time, and he began to be the best at a very young age.

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