Mike Tyson Educates Ryan Garcia About the Real Pressure In Boxing

Published 02/02/2021, 5:10 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 08: Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson speaks during the third annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction gala at Caesars Palace on August 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Legendary boxer Mike Tyson has offered advice to young superstar Ryan Garcia. The former champion gave Garcia a reality check and reminded him what the actual pressure is, giving an insight into how he feels before fighting.

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DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia (L) lands a left hook agains Luke Campbell during the WBC Interim Lightweight Title fight at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Garcia has been in the news ever since his victory over Britisher Luke Campbell. The undefeated fighter has trashed-talked everyone in the division. However, Tyson has now shared his advice to him.

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The two spoke about it when ‘Kingry’ joined Mike Tyson on an episode of ‘Hotboxin with Mike Tyson’. When speaking about pressure, ‘Iron Mike’ said, “Pressure is an interesting scenario psychologically. Because when you think of pressure, you think of a guy who punches you a lot and…. That’s not pressure.”

Tyson then explained what pressure is. “Pressure is the thought of being hit. Which is a million times worse than actually being hit.” In a sport where head injuries and related complications are a common theme, we can see where Tyson is coming from.

As you can expect, Garcia agreed with it and the pair discussed how bizarre the thought of it is. For Garcia, it will be even worse, since he is still undefeated. And in boxing, an undefeated fighter losing his ‘O’ is always a massive deal.

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Mike Tyson and Ryan Garcia share how they feel pre-fight

Both fighters have enjoyed their success in the sport in their own way. They both show their confidence ahead of their fights. However, both fighters admitted to feeling this pressure in their changing rooms.

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Garcia said he questions why he takes part in the sport and why would anyone else do this, while Tyson said he was a wreck in his dressing rooms. However, he said that as soon as he would walk out, he would become a God.

Garcia got firsthand experience of this on January 2 when Luke Campbell knocked him down for the first time in his career. However, he dealt with it like a champion and fought back to win. However, this pressure could only increase because of that.

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What do you make of this advice from Mike Tyson to Ryan Garcia? Do you think it will help the young super-star combat the pre-fight pressure?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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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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