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Mike Tyson: Promoters Not Allowing The Best To Fight The Best

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has given the names of his favorite fighters in the sport - and two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is not one of them.

Tyson is a big fan of the big men like Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Andy Ruiz - and he likes the smaller fighters like Vasiliy Lomachenko and Gervonta Davis.

"I respect Tyson Fury, I respect Deontay Wilder, I respect all of those guys," Tyson explained on his own podcast, Hotboxin'.

"Andy Ruiz also, this guy named Lomachenko - he's a f--king animal, man. He's a master, it's like he's dancing. There's also Gervonta Davis, there's quite a few guys that are good fighters."


Tyson has been all over the boxing headlines as of late, after revealing that he's very interested, at the advanced age of 53-years-old, to step in the ring again.

Retired since 2005, Tyson has been training to get himself in top form. He would like to take part in exhibition fights to help raise money for charity.

When discussing the current state of the sport, Tyson believes the top promoters are not allowing their best fighters to face each other.

The sport would get a tremendous boost, says Tyson, if promoters allow the best to fight the best.

"The situation is whether they will fight each other. Promoters are not allowing them to fight each other. I’d love to see them fight each other but the promoters don't want to do it," Tyson said.

"It (boxing) is very political now. That's why I think in the next couple months or so you're going to find that there are some new players in the game and it's going to get really serious."

The top promoters are aligned with rival platforms, which makes it difficult to set up the top fights. Top Rank is exclusive with ESPN, while Premier Boxing Champions works with Fox Sports and Showtime, and streaming service DAZN has deals with Golden Boy Promotions and Matchroom Sport.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Ed Moto on 05-09-2020

Mike is 100% correct. Boxing in America, has mirrored the laziness and entitlement culture of today’s inner city people, to where their fighters are unable to compete with the best fighters from Eastern Europe and Asia. Entitlement culture and Obama…

Comment by Ant1979 on 05-09-2020

[QUOTE=Oldskoolg;20556976]Exactly what I have been saying, the fighters of today are far too pampered and will take the path of least resistance to big money. If given the choice of the same money for both high, low, and moderate risk…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 05-09-2020

[QUOTE=Oldskoolg;20556975]How does that serve their business interests? While that seems like a good plan from the business point of view there’s no investment there[/QUOTE] Let's say ESPN allocates a certain amount of money to spend on boxing each year. What…

Comment by Marchegiano on 05-09-2020

Why don't sanctioning bodies handle promotion?

Comment by Oldskoolg on 05-09-2020

[QUOTE=Ant1979;20556590]Not just promoters, fighters are just as bad. Too much love for money, making all parties risk averse. Look at back in the day when Leonard fought Hearns (first time) in the WW unification for the undisputed. Both were undefeated…

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