If American heavyweights Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KO) and Diontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO) had met in a fight at the peak of their careers, the former would have “run over” the second without any problems and knocked him out. This is the opinion of former world champion Tim Witherspoon, who was irritated by the pathos of Diontay before his debut defeat in February.
Wilder claimed that Tyson, they say, is a puffed-up figure: “Who did he beat out of the legends? Don’t call little Michael Spinks or grandfather Larry Holmes.” Witherspoon has something to say about this.
“Tyson would have knocked Wilder out if they had met. I think Mike would have done it exactly, and quite simply, — the veteran told The Sun. — Wilder does not have a normal defense and constantly throws a right punch. I don’t think that one forehand would have been enough for him to win. To take out Tyson, you need variety in the Arsenal.”
Given all this, Witherspoon believes, Diontay is definitely not in a position to criticize Tyson or anyone at all.
“All these knockouts in the track record do not give him such a right. He’s not Muhammad Ali or George foreman. I think the management needs to get him in the room now. And not leave Wilder on Twitter, where he criticizes Mike’s list. Go to the gym, gather yourself in a bunch, win, and then start talking to Tyson, ” Tim summed up.
At the time, Witherspoon twice failed to take the WBC world title-L SD 12 in a fight with Holmes (42-0) and L MD 12 with Picklon Thomas (24-0-1). In 1986, he took the WBA belt, beating W MD 15 champion Tony Tubbs (21-0), defended it well by TKO 11 with Frank Bruno (28-1), but then flew in a rematch of L TKO 1 to grated wicketkeeper James “Bonecrusher” Smith (18-5). This is the opinion of former world champion Tim Witherspoon, who was irritated by the pathos of Diontay before his debut defeat in February.