For countless boxing fans around the world, Mike Tyson is one of, if not the single greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, Frank Warren believes otherwise, as the English manager promoter doesn’t believe the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world belongs to his top ten list.
Frank Warren, who co-owns Queensberry Promotions with his son George, is the founder of British boxing TV BoxNation and has managed the likes of Tyson Fury, Billy Joe Saunders, Joe Calzaghe, Amir Khan, and more.
He just did not last the course: Frank Warren elaborates on excluding Mike Tyson from the list
In a recent interview, Warren told talkSPORT that Tyson is not in his top ten heavyweights of all time. Speaking about Mike’s nascent days in the ring, Warren drew similarities with Daniel Dubois, the British, Commonwealth, WBC Silver, and WBO International heavyweight champion
“Mike Tyson, when he was young and first got into boxing, he was exciting,” said Warren, “a bit like Daniel Dubois in some ways, he sort of captured the public’s imagination in devastating style.”
“He won a world title and everybody was talking about him. For me, he was one of the most exciting young heavyweights.”
Although the younger Iron Mike is revered by Warren, he doesn’t include Mike in his top ten list by mentioning the several controversies surrounding Mike Tyson’s life outside the ring.
“However, he doesn’t get in my top ten because he just did not last the course,” the 68-year-old went on, “he was sodding around, drugging it and boozing, went to prison. He just didn’t do it for me.”
Moreover, Warren also named a few boxing Hall of Famers he believes would have outclassed Mike, for example, Sonny Liston, George Foreman, Muhammad Ali, and more.
“But I don’t think he would’ve beaten Sonny Liston, I don’t think he’d have beaten [prime] Larry Holmes, I don’t think he’d have beaten Ali, I don’t think he’d have beaten Joe Frazier and I certainly don’t think he’d have beaten George Foreman,” added Warren.