‘37 Ain’t Sh*t’ – Mike Tyson Reacts to Canelo Alvarez Revealing His Potential Retirement

Published 03/18/2021, 1:01 PM EDT
YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018: American professional boxer Mike Tyson during a press conference following a boxing masterclass for RCC Boxing Promotions boxers and children at the Martial Arts Academy established by the Russian Copper Company. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)


Legendary boxer Mike Tyson gave a hilarious reaction to Canelo Alvarez when he revealed his plans to retire. Alvarez is at the peak of his powers, and his revelation of his retirement plans drew a typical Mike Tyson reaction from ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet.’

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Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Alvarez is 30-years-old and is enjoying one of the most successful spells of his career. In his last two fights, the champion has looked untouchable on his way to becoming a unified champion. As a result, he is on his way to becoming the undisputed champion.

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However, the Mexican joined Tyson on an episode of ‘Hotboxin with Mike Tyson where he was asked, “So how many fights you think you have before you retire?” 

Alvarez stuck to his previous stance on his retirement and said, “Maybe seven years more.”

This drew two different reactions from ‘Iron Mike.’ First, he reacted by saying, “Oh, that’s so awesome.” However, once he realized Alvarez would be only thirty-seven years old in seven years, the legendary boxer said, “37 ain’t sh*t!”

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Is Mike Tyson right about Canelo Alvarez’s retirement?

The former heavyweight champion of the world made no secret of what he thought. Clearly, he would like Alvarez to fight beyond thirty-seven. However, does Tyson have a point in saying thirty-seven years is nothing?

Some of the greatest boxers have fought well beyond their late thirties. Tyson himself retired at thirty-nine. Moreover, Floyd Mayweather fought his last fight against Conor McGregor when he was forty years old. In addition, ‘Money’ beat Alvarez when he was thirty-six.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Therefore, there are enough examples of fighters continuing till their late thirties and beyond. However, Alvarez began his professional career when he was fifteen and has been in the sport for almost half his life. Moreover, he has bounced around weight classes and put his body through extreme camps.

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Therefore, it will be difficult for the multi-weight champion to continue for as long as others. However, Alvarez is a serial winner, and if the opportunities and opponents are right, he will not turn it down. 

What do you think of Mike Tyson’s reaction to Canelo Alvarez’s retirement? Do you think he is right about Alvarez?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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