‘He Was Just Very Mean’ – Muhammad Ali’s Grandson Reveals How Mike Tyson Was Different From Ali

Published 11/09/2021, 5:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 9: Mike Tyson talks with the media after he was defeated by Evander Holyfield for the WBA Heavyweight tittle at the MGM Grand Garden on November 9, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holyfield won the fight with a TKO in the 11th round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)


Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali are two of the greatest boxers to ever live. Their sheer dominance inside the ring and their influence outside of it are things we may never see again. However, both of these fighters had very different styles of fighting and were very different personalities.

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In a recent interview on the ‘True Geordie’ podcast, Nico Ali Walsh revealed how Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali were two different people who fought for different reasons. He said, “It’s very interesting because you look at someone like Mike Tyson, who is an animal in the ring and outside the ring.”

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“You would see in interviews he was just very mean. But that’s not the way he is, you know. But my grandfather fought with like love, I would say. It’s very strange to say that you’re fighting somebody with love, but that’s kinda what he did. He was fighting for his people and for his religion. So, I would say that’s the same thing with me.” 

‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’ made a comeback to the ring in 2020. He fought Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition match with no winner declared. After the fight, ‘Iron’ Mike vowed to get back in the ring again and raise money for charity in his next fight.

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The rumor mill has it that he is going to fight Logan Paul next.

Logan Paul is unsure about the Mike Tyson fight

Logan Paul spoke about the rumored Mike Tyson fight during his brother Jake Paul’s press conference. The YouTuber turned boxer is facing a dilemma on fighting Tyson, who he calls his idol.

It’s so hard,” Paul told Behind The Gloves. “Can I be honest with you? It’s like I’d love to fight Mike Tyson because it’s a legacy thing and I think I beat him, I really do.”

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“And a lot of people laugh but I f***ing beat him. He’s just too old. But at the same time, if I beat Mike Tyson, you know, a living legend, the narrative is you beat up an old man. And I have to beat up one of my heroes. That kind of sucks,” Paul said.

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Mike Tyson has revealed that he will return in February 2022, but has stayed quiet about the identity of his opponent. Hence, ‘The Maverick’ hasn’t been confirmed as the opponent. Nor has he been ruled out.

Who do you think Tyson should fight next?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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