“This Is Your Retirement Fight”: Mike Tyson Advises Badou Jack to Fight Canelo Alvarez

Published 07/16/2021, 11:42 AM EDT


Badou Jack and Amer Abdallah joined Mike Tyson and Henry Cejudo on the latest Hotboxin’ podcast episode. They talked about the collapse of his matchup with Jean Pascal in June and also discussed the next moves for Badou Jack. While talking about ongoing negotiations between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant, Mike Tyson advised Badou Jack to fight Canelo Alvarez. He added that a matchup between the two would do great numbers and that it would make sense for both fighters.

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This is that money right here. This is your retirement fight right here,” said Mike Tyson.

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However, Badou Jack did not seem on board with that idea and said he would not want to wait two or three years for that to work out. Jack recently revealed he wants to make a move to the 200 lbs (cruiserweight) division, as sticking to 175 lbs is getting tougher for him, given his age. He said that he does not see much competition in cruiserweight, but added he does not like to cut weight. Further, the former two-division champ did not show any inclination towards a fight with Canelo Alvarez.

Who can Badou Jack fight at cruiserweight?

The former super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion has a record of 24 wins, 3 losses, and 3 draws. He now aims to become a three-division champ. To shoot for gold, he will have to face the likes of Mairis Briedis (IBF), Ilunga Makabu (WBC), Arsen Goulamirian (WBA), and Lawrence Okolie (WBO), who are currently the top contenders in the cruiserweight division.

Jun 6, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Badou Jack (Black/Green Trunks) fights Dervin Colina (Black Trunks) during an exhibition boxing match at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Apart from advising Jack to fight Canelo Alvarez, Mike Tyson also asked him to pursue a balance between fighting top contenders and fighting influencer-turned-boxers like Logan Paul and Jake Paul. Tyson highlighted Jack must consider such money fights as well.

Ever since Logan Paul fought Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ has been pushing Logan Paul to face Badou Jack in the 190-200 lbs weight range. ‘The Ripper’ responded to Tyson by saying that the Paul brothers might not want to step into the ring with him.

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Whether he works his way through the current 200 lbs champions or fights the likes of the Paul brothers, Badou Jack always puts up a spectacle for fans of the sport. It will certainly be interesting to watch the former champ back in action. Who should Badou Jack to face next?

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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