Tyson On Boxing: ‘It Is Very Political Now’
Back in Mike Tyson’s day, the best fighters fought their counterparts to determine who would reign supreme in the boxing world. While we see that today, it may take longer due to a variety of factors. Tyson doesn’t appear to like the way business is done today.
Speaking on his Hotboxin’ podcast, Tyson (50-6, 2NC) discussed the current state of the sport that he loves. It has taken a while for Anthony Joshua (Matchroom), Tyson Fury (Top Rank) and Deontay Wilder (Premier Boxing Champions) to come together to give fans the fights they want to see. Outside of the heavyweight division, the same situation applies. Tyson has an idea of who to blame for all of this.
“The situation is whether they will fight each other,” Tyson stated, via Boxing Scene. “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.
“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.”
Current television deals have limited fighters to stay where they are. This year, however, saw a change when Wilder and Fury fought one another in a rematch. Both of their promotions joined together to bring in 800,000 North American PPV buys. That would be the best heavyweight title viewing since Tyson v. Lennox Lewis in 2002.
Tyson has gotten a lot of media attention since he announced his return to boxing for exhibition bouts. He was offered $1 million to fight Australian football and ruby stars and $20 million to sign with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. A rematch with Danny Williams and a fight with John Fury has also been offered. Evander Holyfield has even stated he would fight Tyson again for charity.
While he is not a fan of the promotors today, Tyson has kept his eyes on the talent they are in charge of. He sees what others see in several fighters. Perhaps they can work together in the future in some capacity.
“I respect Tyson Fury, I respect Deontay Wilder, I respect all of those guys,” Tyson went on to say. “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.”