Boxing News: Hall Of Fame Trainer Jesse Reid Picks Mike Tyson Over James Toney

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Hall of fame boxing trainer Jesse Reid would pick Mike Tyson over James Toney, should they come out of retirement and face each other. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Hall of fame boxing trainer Jesse Reid revealed that he would pick Mike Tyson over James Toney, in case the two should meet inside the ring as reports suggest.

Reid, who trained champions such as Roger Mayweather and Johnny Tapia, was more inclined to not see the two great fighters come out of retirement, obviously, for health reasons, but would, nevertheless, still be interested in how the fight would progress. 

"I think I would watch it, just to be curious," Reid told ESNews.

"I wish they both were not fighting." 

Among the two, Toney was more technically sound. He would pick his shots, but also had power. On defense, hused the "shoulder role," which is made famous by Floyd Mayweather, to ward off opponents and at the same time, put him in a good angle to land clean punches. 

Tyson, on the other hand, was known for employing the "Peek-a-Boo," which maximised his monstrous punching power, as the said style helped him in closing the gap on an adversary before delivering deadly blows. 

"[I would pick] Tyson, because James Toney had better days. Tyson still can punch like hell and James is more for sharpness but he is older," he added.

"I don’t think he has the same sharpness…I think Mike Tyson still can punch, and a puncher never loses his punch."

Meanwhile, Reid also gave his two cents on the brewing match up between Saul Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto. Both are coming off a three-fight winning streak. The 24-year-old Canelo will rely on his size and youth, but it will not be a walk in the park against the veteran Cotto, who is ten years his senior.

"I’ll take Canelo, because he is a bigger and stronger guy and though it is a catch weight, I just feel that he has a good shot to maybe stop Cotto," he opined.

"Canelo has got the bigger jaw, too."

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