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Mike Tyson Snubs Lennox Lewis And Evander Holyfield As He Names Only Boxer Who Could Take His Power

Mike Tyson Snubs Lennox Lewis And Evander Holyfield As He Names Only Boxer Who Could Take His Power

Mike Tyson surprisingly named Jose Ribalta ahead of Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield as the only fighter who could take his devastating power.

And 'Iron' Mike faced a tricky test when he came up against Ribalta in 1986 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Tyson, who was 26-0 at the time, managed to finally seal a TKO victory in the 10th round of his fight with Ribalta.

The 'Baddest Man on the Planet' has clashed with heavy-hitters like Lewis, Holyfield and Frank Bruno in his glittering fighting career.

However, the former undisputed champ argued that Ribalta "took everything and kept coming back for more."

'Iron' Mike told Ring Magazine: "I hit Jose Ribalta with everything, and he took everything and kept coming back for more.

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"Jose Ribalta stood toe to toe with me. He was very strong in the clinches."

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Only three months after the Ribalta fight, Tyson would destroy Trevor Berbick in a second-round TKO win to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history.

The boxing legend fought Holyfield in back-to-back mega-fights in the 1990s and lost on both occasions, one of which ended as a result of Tyson's infamous ear bite.

Tyson also fought Bruno on two separate occasions -- winning both times in 1989 and 1996 -- while suffering a KO defeat to Lewis in their blockbuster 2002 super-fight.

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"He threw terrific shots with both hands and with bad intentions," Tyson said.

"Great champion: chin, heart, determination, work ethic, demeanour."

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Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Baddest Man on the Planet, Boxing, Iron Mike

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