“He’s Adorned to Be the Ruler”: Mike Tyson Says This Boxer Will Conquer Boxing

Published 08/09/2021, 1:48 PM EDT


Canelo Alvarez is the current king of the super-middleweight division. However, Mike Tyson thinks there is one contender who is destined to win the throne down the line. This former two-time WBC champion recently even chopped it up with the youngest heavyweight champion on his Hotboxin’ podcast. David Benavidez is on a 24-fight win streak and could secure a championship bout soon.

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On Mike Tyson and Henry Cejudo’s podcast, they talked about David Benavidez’s ascent through the ranks over time, his mindset going into fights, and also his dedication to the sport.

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Henry Cejudo pointed out that the 24-year-old seemed motivated, open-minded, and eager to learn and grow in life. Tyson said that he showed signs of being a champion and added that a true champion acts like a champion even before officially becoming one. ‘Iron’ Mike strongly believes Benavidez is next in line for the super middleweight throne.

He’s here, but he’s ordained by God to be here, he’s adorned to be the ruler. It’s just he can’t help it. You think you’re doing this? I know you don’t think you’re down navigating your s**t,” said Mike Tyson.

Mike Tyson thinks David Benavidez is next in line

David Benavidez could possibly be the only fighter to lose the same title twice without losing a single fight. In 2017, ‘El Bandera Roja’ bagged a vacant WBC world title against Ronald Gavril. A year later, his title was taken from him for testing positive for a banned recreational substance. However, he won it back in 2019 by fighting Anthony Dirrell. David Benavidez ended up losing the WBC Super Middleweight world title once again in 2020 for missing weight for his title defense against Roamer Alexis Angulo.

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Fighter David Benavidez in the ring during a media workout at LA Live on September 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

However, David Benavidez is just 24-years-old and wants to make it to the top. He will now meet former champ  Jose Uzcategui on August 28. Benavidez aims to secure the world title soon and sees his upcoming fight as a stepping stone to reenter the title contention column.

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He has expressed that he wants to fight even bigger fighters. His pipeline comprises big names like Caleb Plant and Canelo Alvarez. However, he is also willing to step down a weight class to fight Jermall Charlo before ultimately facing the three-division champ.

Do you think David Benavidez has what it takes to take over Canelo Alvarez’s throne?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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