‘Mike Would F**k Me Up’ – Former World Champion Fernando Vargas Plays Down a Fight Against Mike Tyson

Published 02/14/2021, 6:30 PM EST
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Mike Tyson exits the ring after receiving a split draw against Roy Jones Jr. during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)


Retired boxer, Fernando Vargas, has shut down a potential return to the sport against Mike Tyson. The former world unified super-welterweight champion gave his take on fighting the legendary boxer in an exhibition.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Mike Tyson has started a trend that several retired boxers want to follow. The former heavyweight champion made his comeback in an exhibition bout against fellow legend Roy Jones Jr. However, Vargas has given his honest opinion on a return against ‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Speaking to ESNEWS on YouTube, the former world champion addressed the question sarcastically. He said, “Yea, I’m down Mike. Let’s go.” However, he quickly backtracked, “Nah, Mike would f**k me up.”

Vargas had a respectable career with a record of 26-5-0. He had a reputation as a knockout artist, as 22 of his victories came by knockout. Moreover, he was most popular for his rivalries against Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley.

However, he was never a global star like ‘Iron Mike’ nor did the pair have any interaction with each other. Therefore, it would never be a consideration for an exhibition fight.

READ: Bob Arum:- Where Does the Top Rank CEO Live?

Who is Mike Tyson fighting next?

Although Vargas has ruled himself out, Tyson is still adamant that he will return. He has promised to continue fighting the exhibition fights against former boxers. So who is the legendary boxer fighting as his next opponent?

According to recent reports, Tyson is considering a fight against his former foe, Evander Holyfield. The two shared a controversial rivalry in the past, and it appears they will meet in the ring to settle it. However, he has other options as well.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson (black trunks) fights Roy Jones, Jr. (white trunks) during a heavyweight exhibition boxing bout for the WBC Frontline Belt at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Scarnici/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Shannon Briggs has announced his comeback and has pleaded for a fight against Tyson. Even Vargas’ former rival Oscar De La Hoya has announced his return to the sport.

Despite all the speculation, it appears ‘Iron Mike’ will take on Holyfield in his next exhibition fight. However, only time will tell if the fight will live up to the hype.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

READ: 10 Ridiculous Things Mike Tyson Wasted His Money On

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Leonardo Carvalho

764 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT