Mike Tyson Explains Why YouTubers Are ‘Taking Over’ Boxing
Mike Tyson said he doesn’t understand today’s boxers.
Tyson, a former unified heavyweight world champion, appeared on FOX Sports’ Club Shay Shay podcast, which is hosted by Shannon Sharpe. On the episode, he was asked about the state of boxing.
“That’s really bad for boxing, because boxing is entertainment and the name of the game. You want the fans to say ‘when am I gonna see that guy fight again?’ Until you have it like that, you’re not gonna make the big purse dates,” Tyson said.
“I’ll fight you in six weeks. After one fight, six weeks later, I’ll fight ya again. … That’s why YouTubers are taking over. Because they are exciting, more exciting – they can’t fight, but they are more exciting. Fighters are not fighting competitive fighters. They are fighting guys they are walking over.”
Tyson is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.
He became the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles. He also became the youngest boxer to ever win a heavyweight title at 20 years old.
When he debuted in 1985, he fought 15 times. He won his first 19 fights via knockout. In two years, he fought 28 times.
In 1991, he fought Donovan Ruddock back-to-back, which he won first via technical knockout and the second via uanimous decision.
He then fought Evander Holyfield back-to-back in 1996 and 1997, which he lost – the second fight he was disqualified by biting a piece of Holyfield’s ear off.