‘I Wish’- Khabib Nurmagomedov Aspires to Possess the Boxing Abilities of ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson

Published 07/31/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 03: UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov attends an open workout for UFC 229 at Park Theater at Park MGM on October 03, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nurmagomedov will defend his title against Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov appeared on the ’Hot Boxin’ podcast with Mike Tyson and Henry Cejudo. Tyson’s famed podcast has had several high-profile guests on deck, however, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s appearance likely takes the cake. Despite retiring from MMA, Nurmagomedov remains one of the most prolific stars in the entire sport.

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An on-sight reporter from ES News was backstage and caught Nurmagomedov as he’s was exiting the set. Chiefly, the reporter asked Mike Tyson if he thought Nurmagomedov would have made a good boxer. ‘Iron’ Mike said that he indeed would and Nurmagomedov was asked to share his views on what Tyson thought about him.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia is interviewed after his submission victory over Dustin Poirier in their lightweight championship bout during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Not like him [Mike Tyson]. I wish but not like him in boxing.”

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Nurmagomedov’s sentiments are understandable as it’s virtually impossible to stand up to Mike Tyson’s boxing ability. Even in his fifties, Tyson proved that he’s still got what it takes to make his mark in the ring. Not to mention, his storied career is one that many active boxers can’t hold a candle to.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov chimes in on Manny Pacquiao vs Errol Spence Jr.

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Sticking to the realm of boxing, the reporter asked Khabib Nurmagomedov about his thoughts of Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming tussle with Errol Spence Jr. ‘Pacman’ returns after a two-year lay-off, and fans can’t wait to see how he performs. Khabib Nurmagomedov clearly has a great deal of respect for Manny Pacquiao as indicated by his response to the question about the fight.

“Of course I like this guy, [he] inspired millions of people around the world. He’s like very good example for the people, great champion. He’s a legend.”

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Pacquiao’s impact is felt not only by fans in the boxing community but also by famed fighters like Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, he has a massive roadblock in front of him in the form of Errol Spence Jr. who is looking to make his mark. The road to victory won’t be easy, however, Manny Pacquiao has never been one to take his foot off the pedal.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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