Mike Tyson Lays Into Boxing Officials: ‘They Robbed Me’

Published 02/01/2021, 7:52 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 09: Former boxer Mike Tyson inducts Evander Holyfield (not pictured) into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at the second annual induction gala at the New Tropicana Las Vegas on August 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Heavyweight historian, and former champion, Mike Tyson, has seen different sides of boxing. From the glory and the fame to the dirty politics and controversies, ‘Iron’ Mike has been a part of several headlines throughout his glittering career.

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However, boxing politics found a way to him much before he became a global superstar. Mike Tyson claimed he was robbed of a win at the amateur level, and in his recent interaction with Teofimo Lopez, the heavyweight legend talked about the incident.

Unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez faced similar experiences at the amateur circuit, and he could relate to Tyson’s remarks.

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On his podcast, Tyson said, “I am talking about some of the officials, how they favor the system.”

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)

He added, “I am talking about him going in there and BOOM and they didn’t know they did make it dirty. They robbed me… They get percentages from these guys when they get pro, they get money, this s*** is.”

Lopez’s after who accompanied him chimed in and revealed how Lopez was snubbed off a victory before the Olympics. Nevertheless, Tyson and Lopez made it big at the professional level and became world champions. So, these instances didn’t really derail their careers.

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What’s next for Teofimo Lopez and Mike Tyson?

Teofimo Lopez, the unified 135 lbs champion, will look forward to testing himself against the other unbeaten lightweight champions. At this stage, he can pick his opponent from a pool full of big names. But Tyson might want him to face WBC champion, Devin Haney.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: Teofimo Lopez Jr celebrates after defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko (not pictured) in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

In his podcast, Tyson instigated a fight between Lopez and Hany as he face-timed ‘The Dream’ to shed heat on the ongoing lightweight talks. But nothing is official as of now, and Lopez is still without an opponent.

Meanwhile, Mike Tyson has also found his way back to boxing. He staged his return in an exhibition clash against Roy Jones Jr. on November 28 and ended the battle on a wonderful note. Post the fight, he vowed to accept more challenges in the future. So, we can state that Mike Tyson is also relevant and active as a boxer, even at his dotage.

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He also has several more business ventures and a podcast to look after. While he no longer needs to fight for his legacy, Mike Tyson can engage in more exhibitions in 2021.

Do you wish to see more boxing action from Mike Tyson?

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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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