Mike Tyson Says Oscar Valdez’s Punches “Are Like Slow Motion”

Published 04/30/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 20: Oscar Valdez is victorious as he defeats Miguel Berchelt for the WBC super featherweight title at the MGM Grand Conference Center on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)


Mike Tyson, one of the most vicious punchers of all time, recently scrutinized the WBC super featherweight champion, Oscar Valdez’s chances in a fight against Shakur Stevenson. 54-year-old Tyson has sparked some electrifying fight talks on his podcast and he turned his attention to yet another weight class.

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29-0 as a professional, Valdez is one of the most reputed hard-hitters on the roster. He has attained 23 knockouts as of now, including his recent win over Miguel Berchelt for the WBC belt. So, he can rightfully boast his prowess amongst his contemporaries.

However, Mike Tyson still found a loophole and addressed how Shakur Stevenson could beat him. In interaction with Stevenson in his latest podcast, ‘Iron’ Mike spoke his mind.

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Mike Tyson, while watching Oscar Valdez’s highlights, with Henry Cejudo and Shakur Stevenson, said, “Oh fm, see these guys. That’s him right here to the open punch like that. You can see these punches coming from a mile away. Because I could see punches. Like that when I was fighting, from a mile away. They are hard but they are like slow motion.”

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Meanwhile, Oscar Valdez is now at the 130 lbs division and will stay there for a while. He might even move to a bigger weight class and aim for more world titles. However, that wouldn’t stop Mike Tyson from trying to play matchmaker, as he did with Teofimo Lopez and Ryan Garcia.

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A few months back, Mike Tyson brought the WBC Interim 135 lbs Ryan Garcia, and WBA 135 lbs Gervonta Davis, face-to-face via video call in his podcast. While Garcia was the guest, ‘Iron’ Mike face-timed ‘Tank’ and unleashed an intense verbal banter between the lightweight elites.

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He repeated the same with unified champion Teofimo Lopez and WBC titlist Devin Haney when the former appeared as a guest on his show. Now, with Shakur Stevenson and Oscar Valdez similarly aligned, Mike Tyson seems the perfect matchmaker for the present generation.

Do you agree with Tyson’s take on Valdez’s punches?

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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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