Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Earnie: Tyson Lacked Heart

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Earnie: Tyson Lacked Heart

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Byline: By Mark Stainforth

Mike Tyson will go down in history as an intimidating bully who lacked the fighting heart to be considered an all-time great.

That is the verdict of former world heavyweight title challenger Earnie Shavers, who pushed Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes to the limit in the 1970s.

He spoke out after Tyson announced his retirement after his humiliating defeat to Ulster journeyman Kevin McBride on Saturday.

Shavers believes Tyson had most of his opponents beaten before the first bell ( but was found out once Buster Douglas had became the first man to refuse to buy into the Tyson myth.

Shavers said: "Mike was a good fighter but he had no heart, and when people were not afraid of him, they beat him.

"Tyson intimidated people and already had them beaten but without that, he didn't have anything. He was the best in his era but in the 70s, you wouldn't have heard of him."

That is a view shared by Jim McDonnell, the former European featherweight champion who trained Danny Williams to his stunning success against Tyson in Louisville a year ago. …

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