Tyson-Spinks.

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Why was Tyson able to beat Spinks so quickly? Was it because Spinks was afraid, or was Tyson just a bad style match-up for him?

I honestly don't know if it would haven been much different if Spinks weren't afraid. Tyson was bigger and stronger than him
 

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Spinks was intimidated but also way past his best, with a knee injury, operating above his best weight.

Tyson was a killing machine at Heavy and at his peak.

That's it, really.
 

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Michael Spinks was one of the slowest starters of any HW Champion or power puncher ever, while Mike Tyson was one of the fastest.

If the Jinx had an opportunity to warm up, things might have gotten interesting, but he came into the ring cold, and Tyson wasn't somebody to start slowly.

What happened was exactly what should have happened and should have been expected to happen. Tyson would have wiped out the slow starting Norton the same way, and possibly the sometimes slowish starting Frazier.
 
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I think he needs to have to improve his game more and make the most of it in the next upcoming tournaments.
 

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Michael Spinks was one of the slowest starters of any HW Champion or power puncher ever, while Mike Tyson was one of the fastest.

If the Jinx had an opportunity to warm up, things might have gotten interesting, but he came into the ring cold, and Tyson wasn't somebody to start slowly.

What happened was exactly what should have happened and should have been expected to happen. Tyson would have wiped out the slow starting Norton the same way, and possibly the sometimes slowish starting Frazier.
Great point.

He's the slowest starter I've ever seen. He lost multiple rounds against a lot of challengers at LHW during the early goings. Even when there was obviously a massive gulf in class.
 

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Great point.

He's the slowest starter I've ever seen. He lost multiple rounds against a lot of challengers at LHW during the early goings. Even when there was obviously a massive gulf in class.
Boxers who had one punch knockout power yet were slow starters could make for an interesting thread. Carlos Palomino, Michael Spinks, Bob Foster and Danny Lopez could be patron saint candidates for that distinction. (Not Ron Lyle, who made a volitional choice to never stop his opponents in the opening round of a bout, and could never be accused of catching his opponents cold out of the gate, always letting them warm up first. Then, Lyle produced ten stoppages in the second round, and six more in the third round. Blin, Middleton, Pires, Mathis, Rondon and Scrap Iron were among his victims within that early amateur round distance.)

Because of the high profile Bobick anomaly, Norton is completely overlooked as a slow starter, recorded as having been knocked down a total of 11 times in the first two rounds during Kenny's career (mostly in the early years). Norton was really a mid rounds fighter, usually at his best from rounds 3-9. Not only wasn't he a fast starter, he wasn't a particularly strong finisher like Mike Weaver eventually became. (It was actually Ken who gave Mike the nickname Hercules for Weaver's muscular physique. Incidentally, both Norton and Mike were sharp outspoken critics of weight training. Ken expressed how weight training made Shavers tight and tired during Earnie's war with Tiger Williams, and Weaver injured himself in experimenting with weights during his WBA reign, postponing a title defense. Hercules has made it clear in interviews that his muscular physique was simply a genetic gift, like the sculpted body of light punching but elusive classy stylist Leroy Caldwell.)