Hey everyone this is Sam and let’s talk about Mike Tyson. If I would ask you you to name who could take Mike Tyson’s great power, who would you name? Lennox Lewis? Evander Holyfield? Probably even James “Buster” Douglas over Jose Ribalta, right? I hear you…who is Jose Ribalta? I had to look him up too.
Tyson’s Big Surprise
Mike Tyson surprisingly named Jose Ribalta as a fighter who could take his unbelievable power. As matter of a fact, he said the ONLY fighter who could take Tyson’s power. He named him ahead of guys like Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks and Evander Holyfield.
Mike Tyson was 26-0 at the time that he fought Ribalta. He managed to get a TKO in this fight in the 10th round. Also, he hadn’t fought any of the big players listed above, so maybe he has a memory loss of the later bigger named fighters.
In the Daily Mirror, Mike Tyson was second in the Top 10 biggest punchers in boxing history behind George Foreman. The 54-year-old Tyson was widely known for his ferocious in-ring ability and punching power during his career.
“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. Jose Ribalta stood toe to toe with me. He was very strong in the clinches.” Tyson ended up three months later destroying Trevor Berbick. He scored a 2nd round TKO win to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history.
Tyson beat Frank Bruno on two separate occasions (1989 and 1996) who is widely known as a tough opponent. As was Lennox Lewis who knocked out Mike Tyson in 2002.
However, Hall of Famer Tyson believes his toughest opponent he ever faced was Evander Holyfield. Tyson said in the SportsBible, “Great champion: chin, heart, determination, work ethic, demeanour.” Tyson fought Holyfield in back to back in 1990s and lost to him both times. “He threw terrific shots with both hands and with bad intentions,” Tyson said.
Do you agree with Mike Tyson? Is this how you remember things? Or are you like me…I don’t even remember the Ribalta vs Tyson fight. Let me know below in the comments. I’ll see you down the road.