Even though Mike Tyson has been out of the boxing game for almost ten years, he remains a force to be reckoned with, and taking one of his right crosses to the face still sounds like the worst way to spend a day. But how does the former heavyweight think he would stack up against some of the greatest real and fictional boxers of all time? Appearing on The Nightly Show, Tyson somewhat surprisingly admits he wouldn’t win against everyone that host and former Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore names.

Here are the ones that Tyson knows he'd lose to.
Muhammad Ali
Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby
Jake LaMotta
Rocky in Rocky IV
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!'s Soda Popinksi
Robert De Niro as The Godfather films' young Vito Corleone

To be fair, the only reason he says he'd lose to Vito is because that character has guns. And we have to assume he's talking about Million Dollar Baby in the first 3/4 of the movie. Also, we're not entirely certain that Soda Pop would win every time, but maybe once or twice.

Here are the fighters Tyson says he'd definitely beat.
Joe Lewis
Apollo Creed
Rocky in Rocky
Rocky in Rocky II
Rocky in Rocky VI
Rocky in Rocky Balboa
Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull
Paul Simon singing "The Boxer"

Oddly enough, all of the Rocky movies except for Rocky V get mentioned. And when asked how he'd fare against fat Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull, Tyson said it depended on how fat he himself was. Tyson was also on the fence about George Foreman, saying it would be close. I'm now going to need a collection of fan-made videos that bring all of these fights to life. I'll just be waiting in my corner.

Check out the entire "Keep It 100" segment below, with Tyson’s part coming in around 2.12. But the whole thing is worth it, as it starts with the other guests stating who they think the greatest boxers ever are.



With any luck, we’ll get to see Jamie Foxx playing Mike Tyson on the big screen in a biopic reportedly to be directed by Martin Scorsese. But until that comes to light, pop in a mouthguard and watch The Nightly Show weeknights on Comedy Central.

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