Mike Tyson came along when BOXING rained supreme in combat sports and when it's HEAVYWEIGHT title was considered the single greatest sporting title in the world. A time when boxing fans hadn't seen or rather couldn't remember as freshly a fighter with the sheer ferocity, speed, power, punch combinations and unique defense as Tyson, as well he had a very marketable look....a look that spoke ''yes this man could [email protected] me up''. Carefully selected opponents that would only showcase his strengths and awesome skill set. His first 35 fights were fought in a time span from 1985 - 1988 which kept in consistent public view for his unheard of KO ratio, coupled with mainstream TV ads and appearances as well as his own video game. Throw in the mounting ''bad behavior'' reports and Mike Tyson had secured himself as not only a new boxing king but an 80's icon. The next half of Mike Tyson's boxing carer was of course less impressive but his highly public downward spiral outside of the ring kept him front page news. His jail stint for rape, his comeback, his ''classic'' pre- fight and post fight interviews not to mention having bitten off part of Holyfields ear and sporting a new face tattoo gave birth to the larger then life legend of Mike Tyson. Which is why there are still so many threads and posts about him by the boxing novice to the boxing expert to this day. I doubt if Mike had fought the best at that time in the latter part of the first part of his carer we would have the legend that we do today. Lewis, Holyfield, Bowe would have been to much for him and a case could be made for one or two others. This is not to try and diminish Tysons accomplishments but more to put them in perspective. At the end of the day when he fought the best from his own period he fell short, debates of course can and will always be made to argue ones own views on the subject. A prime Tyson vs a prime Toney is just as ridicules as a prime Tyson vs a prime Bruce Lee question, of the countless Tyson vs this UFC fighter or that UFC fighter. Though for fun...why not debate right... If a ''fantasy'' question is to be asked it, for me it would be how would a prime Mike Tyson have done in the 70's HW division where he would of faced a then fading Ali as well as Foreman, Frazier, Holmes, Norton, Quarry and Lyle ? Mike Tyson was a very entertaining fighter to watch who came along at the right time to become a star and his skill set is unquestionably great...however he is not one of the all time greats...more one of the all time most entertaining.