‘I Just Couldn’t Understand the S***’ – Mike Tyson and Canelo Alvarez Open up on Their School Life

Published 03/21/2021, 11:00 AM EDT


Mike Tyson and Canelo Alvarez have been admirably successful in their respective boxing careers, amassing more of a status than just elite pugilists. They have been global superstars and prime ambassadors of the sport. That said, they seem to have several similar circumstances to relate to.

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However, there’s one more aspect that Tyson and Alvarez claim to have had: a similar experience, that is their school lives. As the boxing elites connected on Tyson’s podcast, they talked about several things. One of them was about their time during the nascent stage of their education.

Both Tyson and Alvarez had begun boxing at an early age, and when Tyson was just 20, he was already the heavyweight champion of the world. So, their school lives seemingly took a back seat, and none of them preferred to live it.

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Mike Tyson recalled his school days and said, “You know I wasn’t good in school, I just couldn’t understand the s***, the division, you got to jump and take this number and take one from three. Oh God. When I was two, I was not interested in what they had to teach.”

In response, Canelo Alvarez said, “I am the same and I don’t like the school. No way.”

While Tyson has ended his professional career on a high note, boasting a record of 50 wins and 6 losses, Alvarez has already surpassed those numbers in his 15-year-long pro career. He has 55 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws under his belt with championship wins at four-divisions.

Moreover, the Mexican superstar is just 30 years old and with his sheer activeness, we can expect him to take those numbers incredibly in the future.

What’s next for Canelo Alvarez?

After conquering Callum Smith and Avni Yildirim and adding/defending the WBC, WBA, and Ring 168 lbs belts, Alvarez is looking forward to adding one more title to his shoulders.

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He is scheduled to meet the undefeated WBO super middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders, on May 8 at the AT&T Stadium. The main-event clash will have all the super-middleweight titles on the line, paving the way for a possible unification with IBF champion, Caleb Plant.

Meanwhile, P4P King, Alvarez, has hinted at staying at the super middleweight division for some time, with the dream to unify all the belts in the weight class.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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