Haye snubs Mike Tyson in top five heavyweights of all time as he questions his mental strength and details sad decline – The Sun

DAVID HAYE cannot rank Mike Tyson in his top five heavyweights of all time having questioned his mental strength.

Former two-division champion Haye was discussing the night Tyson beat Michael Spinks in 1988 after a 91 second knockout.

 David Haye says Mike Tyson cannot be considered in the top five heavyweights of all time

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David Haye says Mike Tyson cannot be considered in the top five heavyweights of all time
 Michael Spinks was beaten by Tyson in 1988

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Michael Spinks was beaten by Tyson in 1988

But the retired 39-year-old believes Iron Mike’s inability to overcome adversity during fights he was losing is a factor for why he does not consider him among the five greatest heavyweights ever.

Haye said on the BBC’s Costello and Bunce podcast: “How many fights did he have where he was behind on points? Where he got put down, hurt and came back, that’s the question.

“The moment he started to lose, or it started to get tough it seemed to go the other way.

“Many fighters; Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, they’ve all had tough fights where they are on the brink of losing and found a way to win, I’ve never seen that with Tyson.

“I find it hard to say someone’s in the top five of all time if they’ve never had a fight which they was losing and they came back to win.”

Tyson, 53, still reigns as the youngest heavyweight champion of all time after he thrashed Trevor Berbick in 1986 but did so after the death of his mentor Cus D’Amato, who left Kevin Rooney to corner him.

But four years later, having succumbed to distractions outside the ring, the American was upset by James ‘Buster’ Douglas in Tokyo, losing for the first time.

Tyson would then spent three years in prison after being convicted of rape in 1992 before making his boxing comeback in 1995.

He won the world titles back again in 1996 but in the same year lost to Evander Holyfield and infamously bit his ear in their rematch a year later.

The knockout artist retired in 2005 after losing to Kevin McBride and left the sport with a record of 50–6 but shocked fans after announcing plans to make a comeback to compete in exhibition bouts for charity.

Haye argues if the hotheaded puncher was guided correctly throughout his career, he could have been the greatest heavyweight of all time.

He explained: “If he would have had the same team around him which got him into that shape and continued to have the fights that he had, he would’ve grown and become a better version than that.

“If he’s 21 there, he’s a baby in boxing terms. He was only going to get better and better. But what happened was, he peaked at 21 and didn’t get better, he got worse every fight.

“He did less training, less sparring had less discipline, more money, different woman. He got worse and worse until he lost.

“If he wouldn’t have fell off, and had Rooney in his corner and the same team and had people looking after him, investing his money correctly, looking out for him, he could’ve been No1, without a doubt.”

 Tyson retired in 2005 after losing to Kevin McBride

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Tyson retired in 2005 after losing to Kevin McBrideCredit: AP:Associated Press
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