Mike Tyson Shares His Stance On Titles In Boxing
Mike Tyson has responded to those who feel there are too many championships in boxing.
Much has been made about the state of title belts in boxing. Many feel that there are far too many titles in the sport. While the WBA, IBF, WBC, and WBO are all recognized as top titles in boxing, we have seen secondary, “Franchise,” Silver, Gold, and interim titles join the fray. For many, this dilutes the accomplishment of winning a major championship.
Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather recently expressed his belief that boxing has too many titles. In particular, Mayweather wasn’t pleased with sanctioning bodies as he feels the real reason there are so many titles is to collect on sanctioning fees.
Speaking to BoxingScene.com, “Iron” Mike said he doesn’t believe the number of championships in boxing is a problem.
“Boxing never has too many belts because every time it’s a championship fight, it’s more money for the fighter.
“There’s never enough belts you know? To say there’s one champion and there are 10 guys, how long will it take for the champion to fight the 10 guys? Plus they gotta go through each other … It’s good to have [multiple] champions because then everybody can get paid … Everybody makes money. That’s what this business is about. Money.”
Tyson was no stranger to gold in his prime. He once reigned as the undisputed heavyweight champion. He held the WBA, IBF, WBC, and The Ring Titles.
Recently, Tyson was a part of an exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr. Despite there being no official winner, the WBC awarded both men Frontline Battle Titles.