Mike Tyson Reveals His Three-Man Hit List for 2021 Including WBC Champion Tyson Fury

Published 04/09/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Former champion Mike Tyson poses on the red carpet during the Box Fan Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)


Mike Tyson has long been one of the scariest men on the planet. His incredible power and lightning-quick speed made him a feared opponent in the ring. And after almost 15 years out of the sport, ‘Iron Mike’ made his comeback and has now shared his hit list.

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Tyson engineered a successful return to boxing with an exhibition bout against fellow legend Roy Jones Jr. The former heavyweight champion of the world has since shown his desire to continue to box and has now given his list of three ideal opponents. It even features Tyson Fury.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Former Heavyweight Champions Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield are honored prior to the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The 50-6 boxer revealed his choices in an episode of ‘Hotboxin with Mike Tyson.’ The legendary pugilist said, “I want Holyfield, I want Lennox Lewis this year. I want both of them this year. If I can get them both this year, I’ll… f**k this sh*t. I won’t do… And also, if I can box an exhibition with Tyson Fury.”

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This comment showed Tyson’s desire to make the big fights happen. He then confirmed, “If I do that, at least if I get those two guys, hey, this is a wrap. I’m just gonna live life.” 

 Tyson clearly wants to revisit his past rivalries one last time before calling it a day.

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Can Mike Tyson make all three fights in 2021?

The list confirmed Tyson’s seriousness in entering the ring once more. However, will it be possible for the former heavyweight champion to box all these men in 2021?

Rumors suggested that the Evander Holyfield fight was very close. However, recent developments confirmed that the fight is off for now. Meanwhile, there has been little talk surrounding Lennox Lewis.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 09: Heavyweight boxing legends Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield attend the 19th annual Harold and Carole Pump Foundation Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 09, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

In addition, as much as an exhibition bout with Tyson Fury would be exciting, it is highly unlikely. The WBC champion has agreed to a two-fight deal with Anthony Joshua, and that should occupy him for the rest of the year.

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Therefore, ‘Iron Mike’ will have to compromise on his plans for 2021. Given the complications surrounding all the opponents, it is highly unlikely he will face any of them.

What do you make of Tyson Fury’s hit list? Who do you think he should fight first?

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READ: 3 Best and Worst Fights From Mike Tyson’s Phenomenal Record

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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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