Fenech On Tyson: ‘He’d Knock Wilder Out In A Minute’
There is always a debate as to how the past compares to the present. In basketball, there will always be the Michael Jordan v. LeBron James argument. In boxing, it really comes down to the body of work and the caliber of fighters you have faced.
According to former trainer and world champion Jeff Fenech, today’s generation wouldn’t be able to handle Mike Tyson, then and now.
Speaking with Sporting News, Fenech discussed how the 53-year-old Tyson would be able to handle some of the top heavyweights today. That includes Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
“I’d guarantee that if Mike Tyson trained for six weeks, he’d knock Wilder out in a minute,” Fenech stated. “He would hit them. If these guys are getting knocked out by Tyson Fury – who’s a great fighter, but not a huge puncher – Tyson would kill these guys. They’re not on the same level today.”
Fenech trained Tyson (50-6, 2NC) at the end of his career, when he tried to make a comeback in 2005. Tyson ended up losing to Kevin McBride. before that though, Tyson was a killer with over 44 wins via knockout. His precision and wild nature put fear into anyone who was in his path. Fenech himself had over 29 wins, with 21 of them via KO.
Fury (30-0-1) beat Wilder (42-1-1) in a rematch back in February. It was a one-sided TKO-loss that may have exposed Wilder. Fenech looked at the weaknesses of Wilder and compared him with Tyson. The results would not benefit Wilder, according to Fenech.
“Mike today, I reckon if he trained he could still beat these guys,” Fenech went on to say. “Fury’s got these other skills, but Deontay Wilder’s got a punch and nothing else. If you punch him, it’s over. And Mike don’t miss.”
How would Mike Tyson fair against the current crop of heavyweights in boxing?