Mike Tyson Tries to Instigate Feuds for Teofimo Lopez

Published 01/29/2021, 7:09 AM EST
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – MARCH 06: Mike Tyson performs his one man show “Undisputed Truth” in the Music Box at the Borgata on March 6, 2020 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)


The legendary boxer, Mike Tyson, is back at his old tricks with the new crop of boxers. The former heavyweight champion of the world has tried to instigate drama for new lightweight king Teofimo Lopez.

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CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 21: Former Boxer Mike Tyson arrives at the ‘Che’ Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 61st International Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2008 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Tyson was famous for his war of words and intimidation before his fights. The ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ often found himself in the center of a verbal battle. He has now tried to get this started in the lightweight division.

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Teofimo Lopez recently joined Tyson on an episode of ‘Hotboxin with Mike Tyson’. The official social media handle of the podcast has now shared a snippet of what went down. In the video, ‘Iron Mike’ asked Lopez who he would like to fight next.

When Lopez listed out the lightweight contenders, Tyson asked someone behind the camera, “you have these guys’ numbers, [that] he’s talking about…?” 

He then added, “I want to call some of them.”

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Mike Tyson has instigated a verbal battle before

This is not the first time the former champion has tried to do this. In his previous episode, Tyson was even successful with his efforts and got Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis to talk on Facetime.

It was when all the rumors hinted at a potential Davis-Garcia match-up, and the pair did not disappoint as they engaged in a fiery feud. However, the fight between the two fell through, but the podcast grew in popularity since the clip went viral.

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Tyson has previously stated his disapproval of the behavior of modern fighters and their tendency to avoid fights. Moreover, Lopez has even admitted that it was Tyson who convinced him to fight Haney. Ultimately, ‘The Takeover’ did end up face-timing ‘The Dream’ and told him he would be his next knockout victim. So maybe Tyson’s efforts were successful after all.

However, he was unsuccessful in his first effort since despite Garcia and Davis engaging in a war of words, ‘KingRy’ chose to fight Manny Pacquiao instead. Maybe Mike Tyson needs to find more effective ways of instigating feuds between fighters.

Do you think the lightweight champions are avoiding each other?

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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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