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Does Tyson deserve Hall of Fame?

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09:16 AM ET 06.12 | Mike Tyson will be inducted Sunday in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The question is: Why? Tyson may have been the youngest heavyweight champion of all time but upon further review his career was little more than a soap opera of criminal acts, crazed actions, lost opportunities and stunning defeats. If there's a Hall of Fame somewhere for wasted talent and abhorrent behaviour, then find a place for Tyson. But the boxing Hall? Based on the results of his career? I don't think so.

Toronto Sun

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June 12, 2011  10:17 AM ET

if ya ain't first, you're last

June 12, 2011  10:32 AM ET

Toronto sun you are out of your mind! Man dominated for 10 years and saved the sport. You go get in the ring with him Bro!

June 12, 2011  12:22 PM ET

In a word, yes.

Nothing to see here, let's move on.

June 12, 2011  01:48 PM ET

Time to check the tap water in Toronto.

June 12, 2011  03:16 PM ET

10 years? Not even close. He debuted in March 85 and started fighting decent fighters in early 86. He dominated from 1986 till 1990 when Douglas knocked him out. After that he shared part of the world title for a while but was not the dominating fighter he had been before and his skills had clearly slipped. After losing to Douglas, Tyson was fighting never weres like Peter McNeely and Buster Mathis and has beens like Frank Bruno. When he got in the ring with an aging Holyfield, he got KOed then seven months later intentionally got himself disqualified.

June 12, 2011  03:58 PM ET

I'm on the fence but I'd have to say yes. He dominated in a way nobody else did. He put boxing back on the map.

June 12, 2011  07:43 PM ET

Non story of course he should be in the Hall. It doesn't even come down to how long he ruled the division. Everyone was glued to the TV sets every time he walked in the ring.

The real question is who is the stupid person who posted this.

June 12, 2011  10:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Non story of course he should be in the Hall. It doesn't even come down to how long he ruled the division. Everyone was glued to the TV sets every time he walked in the ring. The real question is who is the stupid person who posted this.

LMAO!!

June 13, 2011  03:49 AM ET

Tyson shamed the sport of Boxing during the Holyfield fight. Prior to the Douglas fight he looked like a shoe in for the Hall of Fame. I would not vote for him because there are probably quite a few fighters who are more deserving. Tyson didn't save Boxing he made it more of a joke. Sylvester Stallone made more of a positive impact on boxing, with the first couple of Rocky movies. However I do not think that portraying a Boxer in some movies even if your movie did help out the sport should even put you in consideration for the Hall of Fame in any sport.
Stallone wouldn't even win best actor in a Boxing movie. I'm supprised they didn't nominate Carl Weather's as well.

June 13, 2011  06:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I'm on the fence but I'd have to say yes. He dominated in a way nobody else did. He put boxing back on the map.

Absolutely. For a time, Iron Mike was a force unlike any ever seen in the ring.

On a slightly related note: "Tyson, Stallone, Chavez inducted into Int'l Boxing Hall of Fame"

So...uhh, Sly, I take it the Acting Hall of Fame hasn't called yet?

June 13, 2011  08:11 AM ET

Are you kidding me??? There has never been a fighter since him that has drawn more attention - and I am just referring to his boxing. There has never been a bigger draw - when he was in his prime, people were dishing out $79 for ppv. And that was 25 years ago! This isn't even a good debate - Iron Mike gets in - it's unanimous.

June 13, 2011  08:57 AM ET

At least Tyson is/was a boxer. Why the hell are they bringing in Sylvester Stallone? All he did was make a bunch of crappy movies with laughably bad "fight scenes".

June 13, 2011  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Toronto sun you are out of your mind! Man dominated for 10 years and saved the sport. You go get in the ring with him Bro!

completely agree

June 13, 2011  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Toronto sun you are out of your mind! Man dominated for 10 years and saved the sport. You go get in the ring with him Bro!

10 years? Sorry not even close. Try 3.

June 13, 2011  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

At least Tyson is/was a boxer. Why the hell are they bringing in Sylvester Stallone? All he did was make a bunch of crappy movies with laughably bad "fight scenes".

The first Rocky was a great movie and won movie of the year.

There are lots of non-participants in every HOF and the Rocky movies are iconic with their bad boxing scenes and all. Every time someone years the music they start jumping up and down and shadow boxing. It brought a lot of attention to the sport.

June 13, 2011  11:04 AM ET

Tyson deserves to get into the Hall but its more because of the type of character he was than his actual boxing accomplishments. He wasn't a long reigning champion with lots of great victories. His best victories where against old men (Holmes) or a light heavyweight (Spinks). He did however capture the attention of the public. No his boxing alone doesn't warrant a HOF spot but his overall effect on the sport does.

June 13, 2011  11:28 AM ET

look at that picture and Mike is telling the reporter:
"Boy don't mess with me or I"ll bite your ear off"

June 13, 2011  12:59 PM ET

Without a doubt this guy deserves to be in the HOF...he may not have been one of the greatest of all time but he definitely brought it into the mainstream again. His PPV numbers were ridiculous and people paid a lot of dough to be at his fights. His character may have been a little shady but he still deserves to be in there. He may go down as one of the most feared (and crazy) fighters of all time...Just because his opponents were at times sub-par doesn't take away from the aura he had when he was in the ring or on the mic.

June 13, 2011  02:38 PM ET

I'll go a different route with this. Yes, he's in based on what some other's have said but to look at this sham of what once was a great sport and portray Tyson as the evil is laughable. The sport doesn't even have a true board or head to run it's organization. Three sometimes 4 belts for every class. Fighters dictate which fights they want and don't want based on money and records (Manny and May). Which is it's downfall for the sport IMO. I'm sure they have many other criminals in the Hall. Boxing constantly consists of people from the lesser incomes and came from nowhere to win (which is good) but also people like Hopkins formerly from prison so what should we expect from this sport. I'm not saying it's a bad sport, one I actually enjoy but if we are using Tyson ploy for character reasons, what should we expect...

 
June 13, 2011  04:05 PM ET

The writer of this sounds pretty upset.

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