VIDEO: Ijaz Ahmed Attempts to Replicate Mike Tyson’s Iconic “Spinal” Moment After Defeating Kaisy Khademi

Published 03/01/2021, 5:00 PM EST


Ijaz Ahmed bagged the WBO (European) and the vacant IBF (European) super flyweight titles by outpointing Kaisy Khademi via decision in their latest 10-round battle.

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However, he garnered attention for something greater, a Mike Tyson impression, and the impression seemingly did well as it has sent several boxing fans into a frenzy.

After a hard-fought battle, Ahmed made the fans reminisce about Mike Tyson’s post-fight speech from 2002. He copied Tyson’s statement and threw them in his own style. While the interviewer recounted his tough-fight against Khademi, Ahmed cheekily justified his win.

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"I broke my back." 🤣

Ijaz Ahmed gives his best Mike Tyson impression before welcoming a rematch with Kaisy Khademi 👊 pic.twitter.com/gua6M7Wd3g

— Boxing on BT Sport 🥊 (@BTSportBoxing) March 1, 2021

Copying Mike Tyson, he said, “I mean at that point, I broke my back. It was a form of spinal (laughs) I am only joking”

Meanwhile, the 5’1” Orthodox puncher also welcomed a rematch against Kaisy Khademi. Being the first man to vanquish the Afghan-born boxer, Ijaz Ahmed paved the way for another fight in the coming days.

But his impression of Mike Tyson will continue to bring in more attention, especially when it came from the iconic heavyweight clash between Tyson and Lewis.

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Following a heated build-up to their heavyweight battle, Tyson and Lewis locked horns in 2002 with the WBC, IBF, and IBO titles hanging in the balance.

The 12-round battle attracted eyes from all over the world as two of the prime heavyweight punchers collided. The contest had drama and excitement due to the history of its origin.

In the pre-fight presser, Tyson had ridiculed his opponent, which made the contest extremely ugly. However, it didn’t end particularly well for ‘Iron’ Mike. Lewis dominated the fight and stopped him in Round 8 with a thunderous KO.

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But Tyson justified the loss by blaming his spinal injury. He claimed that he had suffered an injury to his back before the fight. However, the fans were quick to mock his excuses and his performance. While it has been two decades since the incident, it is clear that fans and boxers continue to recall it; for it is something that is hard to forget.

Do you think Mike Tyson lied in that speech?

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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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