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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Survival Skills Crucial for Bruno Hopes

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- While Frank Bruno has learned to survive, Mike Tyson hasn't, and that could be the difference in their title fight Saturday, says former Tyson sparring partner Glenn McCrory.

McCrory, a former International Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion, is picking Bruno to hold on to his World Boxing Council heavyweight title by stopping Tyson inside the scheduled 12 rounds.

Of course, not many people believe the two heavy hitters will allow the fight to go the distance, but McCrory's prediction is going against the odds, which have Tyson a 10-1 favorite to win. The odds are expected to drop as more British fans arrive and bet on Bruno.

Besides Bruno's tremendous work ethic for physical conditioning and a much improved jab, "the number-one thing he's now learned is how to survive," said McCrory on Thursday.

Tyson, on the other hand, "looks to win. Even when he's hurt he wants to win," McCrory said. "All other fighters know how to survive."

Tyson's natural instinct is "to hurt somebody in there and do what he's trained to do," McCrory said, adding that Tyson has not learned to clinch, to hang on when he gets into trouble.

McCrory, who finished his career with a 32-8 record and now works as a commentator in Britain, emphasizes that he is not speaking out of disrespect for Tyson, whom he considers a friend.

But friendship and respect aside, McCrory said Tyson, 29, has "just lost the plot a little bit. At this level you need to be on the money. These are big men hitting you. Is he ready for that? I don't know."

Tyson's last two fights against inferior opponents -- Buster Mathis, knocked out in the third round in December, and a hapless Peter McNeeley stopped in the first round in August -- hardly provided a test for the former champion.