LeBron James Once Triggered Mike Tyson By Blocking His View For Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor Fight

Published 12/20/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Dec 11, 2021; Phoenix, AZ, USA; NBA player LeBron James looks on during the game between Perry High School and Sierra Canyon High School at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

After Deron Williams faced Frank Gore, we saw what happens when you get into it with an NBA player inside the boxing ring. However, outside the boxing ring is a different story for NBA players. What happens when an NBA player triggers a boxing legend right beside the ring? Apparently, nothing, because this indeed happened during an iconic match a few years ago. The NBA star was our very own LeBron James who triggered the legendary Mike Tyson by simply sitting in front of him.

This happened four years ago in the iconic Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor fight. Unfortunately for Mike Tyson, he got his seats right behind LeBron James. And later on, after the fight, Tyson spoke about the trouble those seats caused him just because of LeBron James.

 When Mike Tyson cursed his bad luck for sitting behind LeBron James

When Mike Tyson appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show in 2017, he spoke about his experience sitting behind LeBron James.
“Yeah, that was very difficult to watch the fight. So I had to look at the fight and they had televisions in the ceiling so I looked at the ceiling.”

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VERONA, NY – JUNE 08: Former World Champion boxer Mike Tyson claps as the 2018 Hall of Fame class is introduced during the Golden Boy on ESPN fight night at Turning Stone Resort Casino on June 8, 2018 in Verona, New York. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

To be fair, one cannot blame either of them. LeBron James’ listed height is 6 ft 8.5 inches, and he was sitting in front of Mike Tyson who’s 5 ft 10 inches tall. So that difference of almost an entire foot cost him the live experience of watching Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor in action. Naturally, he was bound to be angry. Yet, he did nothing about it and only blamed it on his bad luck. Lucky for LeBron otherwise for all we know, this trend of celebrities fighting each other in the ring could have started years ago.

When former NBA All-Star faced NFL future Hall of Famer in the ring

Recently, former NBA All-Star Deron Williams faced NFL’s running back Frank Gore in the boxing ring. The match ended with a knockout of Gore by Williams as the NBA community rejoiced in pride of the former All-Star. This was not the first time they invited an NBA player to the ring. Recently, even Nate Robinson faced Jake Paul in the boxing ring. While that did not end very well for the NBA community, this one certainly was a boost to their ego.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.