Former heavyweight contender Brian Nielsen claims Mike Tyson solely defeated him due to his constant headbutts, labelling bitter rival Evander Holyfield as ‘a greater fighter’.
The Dane was scheduled to face Tyson in 2001, only a month after 9/11, with the New Yorker within the midst of a bonkers two-year spell.
The 35-year-old had skilled a controversial win over Julius Francis in Manchester after which bulldozed a referee throughout his victory over Lou Savarese in Glasgow.
Conversely, Nielsen was on a excessive having amassed a 62-1 report and was voted because the second most well-known particular person in Denmark behind their queen.
Nevertheless, the brawler felt he was denied the prospect to take out ‘Iron Mike’ after they fought due to an unlawful transfer by the previous world champion.
“Tyson hit me 4 instances with headbutts,” Nielsen instructed Sky Sports activities. “You noticed my eye? He headbutted me.
“If I didn’t have the scar on my eye, I’d have crushed him. I’m certain of that.”
The heavyweight contender collected bronze within the 1992 Olympic Video games and defeated a bunch of prime names; James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith, Tony Tubbs, Peter McNeeley, Tim Witherspoon and Larry Holmes had been all dispatched by Nielsen within the latter levels of their careers.
Nevertheless, the one opponent who all the time stood out for him was Evander Holyfield.
“Tyson was one of many greatest heavyweights ever however Holyfield is a greater fighter,” Nielsen added.
“He was a significantly better boxer and likewise had an excellent punch. I went 10 rounds with Holyfield.”