Mike Tyson Gives Ryan Garcia a Reality Check: ‘In Order to Excite Them you Have to Hurt Him’

Published 01/16/2021, 1:00 PM 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)


With a sensational win over Luke Campbell, Ryan Garcia has defied the odds to become the WBC interim lightweight king. As a result, the promising young gun of the sport has put himself on the fast track to a lightweight title fight.

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That said, ‘KingRy’, alongside Mike Tyson, was on the Hotboxin podcast, where he took lessons from ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet on how to make exciting fights for boxing enthusiasts.

Tyson said, “You want to excite the people, but in order to excite them you have to hurt him (opponents).”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 02: Ryan Garcia poses after defeating Romero Duno in a lightweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 2, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia won with a first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

However, Garcia asserted on not hurting his opponents too much but the latter advised him to do so to make his fights worth a watch.

Tyson continued, “Do you want love to see that’s what you want greatness and love! You gotta, you gotta earn it, you gotta hang in there,”

‘Iron Mike’ was a sheer killer in his prime. He was a renowned knockout artist who had the audacity to put his opponents to sleep with one right hand. He accrued millions of eyeballs towards his fights and became one watch-worthy talent.

Tyson hinted that fights can sell themselves if either of the fighters knew how to make it exciting by scoring serious knockdowns. He was a legend in this aspect and would be an ideal person to advise the upcoming boxers on the same.

Read – VIDEO: Ryan Garcia in Awe of Mike Tyson as ‘Iron Mike’ Narrates Muhammad Ali Revenge Story

Is Ryan Garcia on his pathway to becoming a legend?

Ryan Garcia is the brightest young talents to come out of America. Aged 22, his fans compare him with former legends of the sport. With his recent win over Campbell, Garcia improved to 22-0, and he is desperate to add his 23rd win in his next outing for the title.

On several occasions, the 22-year-old has expressed how Mike Tyson and several others in the sport-inspired him to take up boxing. Furthermore, he seems to be on the same track as his idols.

DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia reacts after defeating 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)

Considering his celebrated run in boxing and prowess, it’s unquestionable on Garcia walking down as a kingpin of the sport.

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His fans are thrilled to see him signify his run in his next fight inside the squared circle.

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What do you make of Mike Tyson’s statements? Do you think Garcia will hang his gloves as a legend who entertained his fans?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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