VIDEO: Mike Tyson Explains Why WBC’s Bridgerweight Division Shouldn’t Exist

Published 10/23/2021, 12:48 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Mike Tyson reacts 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)


Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson isn’t really a fan of WBC’s bridgerweight division. The new weight class was idealized after a six-year-old child named Bridger Walker saved his sister from a brutal dog attack.

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WBC took it up as a platform to establish a new weight class. But the other sanctioning bodies like WBA, WBO, and IBF remained with their existing 17 divisions. The idea of the bridgerweight division was to separate the smaller heavyweights from its existing division and put them into a new weight class.

However, Mike Tyson explained it to be a bad idea and didn’t show his support for it. In a chat with Dan Cannobio, ‘Iron’ bashed the bridgerweight idea and shocked several people.

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Mike Tyson said, “The size of the man should matter. These all the 200 pounds are the heavyweights.”

“That’s what heavyweights fighting better than all the other weight. A little heavyweight can beat a giant… It’s all about your fighting spirit”

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The bridgerweight division has already seen its first champion in Oscar Rivas. ‘Kaboom’ Rivas vanquished Ryan Rozicki to hold the inaugural WBC bridgerweight title. However, the lack of potential opponents can keep him from defending the belt. If WBC cannot generate more contenders in the division, it may fade away soon.

Apart from Mike Tyson, several other active fighters like Oleksandr Usyk have shown zero support towards the idea. Thus, the bridgerweight unit will come across several challenges to retain its validation. Meanwhile, Rivas can continue being the champion for now.

Why isn’t Mike Tyson a fan 0f the division?

Back in his days, Tyson vanquished several elite heavyweights who were bigger in size than him. Tyson’s impeccable movement and one-punch KO stopped several legends of the time.

Hence, he understands how to dismantle bigger opponents. And seeing the opportunity split up on the basis of the size, ‘Iron’ seemed disturbed.

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Santa Ana, CA – July 21: Former heavyweight champion and cannabis entrepreneur Mike Tyson greets Rafael Cordeiro, left, a coach at Kings MMA of Huntington Beach, while signing autographs and taking photos with fans and promoting his Tyson Ranch brand at Planet 13 dispensary in Santa Ana on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)Mike

Aged 55, he is still actively participating in modern-age boxing trends. ‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’ may return to action against Logan Paul in a potential exhibition in February 2022.

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Amid these, Tyson remains a historian of the sport with his frequent suggestion towards the modern-age pugilistic scene. What do you make of his views on the WBC’s eighteenth weight class?

 

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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