VIDEO: Mike Tyson Schools Claressa Shields on Uppercut Technique

Published 09/27/2021, 8:30 AM EDT


Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is still putting effort into modern-age boxing. Following his active initiation in generating news via several interviews and his own podcast, ‘Iron’ also assists several young champions of today’s time. No, he isn’t a full-time trainer. But Mike Tyson never shies away from offering valuable advice that will always be beneficial to a professional pugilist.

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The latest champion to have benefitted from ‘Iron’ is the ‘GWOAT’ Claressa Shields, who has now moved to the MMA world. Despite a successful PFL debut, Shields’ prime identity lies with her boxing accolades. Hence, we can see the American star step through the ropes once again.

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Meanwhile, the unified 154 lbs champion has already returned to the boxing realm with her latest interaction with Mike Tyson. ESPN ringside posted a video where Tyson is spotted sharing some advice to Shields regarding her power. No wonder, ‘GWOAT’ relished it as he cheered for ‘Iron’ by the end of the clip. Here’s a look at it.

Already a two-sport athlete, Claressa Shields might be the best female combat star at the time. That said, her super welterweight world titles will continue to demand activity from her inside the squared circle. Hence, Shields can return shortly after PFL closes off for the year. On that note, we might see a knockout win from ‘T-Rex’, especially after meeting Mike Tyson.

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11-0 as a pro pugilist, Shields has earned only 2 victories via KO. Thus, Mike Tyson can assist her in how to stop her opponents, something Tyson has done flawlessly throughout his glittery boxing career. But Shields isn’t the only fighter to have learned the secret of an uppercut from Tyson.

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Mike Tyson is preaching his knowledge to the world

Akin to Shields, UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou also learned a lot from Mike Tyson when he met the boxing icon a few years back. Tyson displayed his signature footwork and body shots to ‘The Predator’ and suggested how to become deadlier. Ngannou took all the lessons and is now considered as the ace knockout artist of the current era.

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All these factors cite Mike Tyson to be a regular persona in boxing, especially after his return to action against Roy Jones Jr. in 2020. The exhibition bout evoked several people to demand more from Tyson. But as of now, we might see him remain a mentor to the youngsters, as he has several other commitments outside the ring.

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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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