WBC Exposes New Scandal as 56-Year-Old Mike Tyson Is Left Fighting for “Life Rights”

Published 08/07/2022, 9:00 AM EDT
MOSCOW, RUSSIA NOVEMBER 28, 2017: American former professional boxer Mike Tyson at the Synergy Global Forum at Moscow’s Olimpiysky Arena. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

Steaming network Hulu is set to release a documentary series on boxing legend Mike Tyson, premiering on 25th August. The series will feature award-winning actor Trevante Rhodes as the former heavyweight champion and Laura Harrier as Tyson’s ex-wife, Robin Givens.

However, it looks like Iron Mike is not happy with the release of the series as WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman came out and exposed how the steaming service conned him and Tyson.

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WBC president exposes Hulu

Sulaiman took to Twitter with a statement claiming that he learned from Tyson about the streaming service producing the show without Tyson’s consent. Moreover, he also added that the WBC was ‘misled’ by Hulu into providing them the championship belts for the production.

A fighter who was like a son to my father is @MikeTyson. I just spoke to him I’m so upset to learn that his upcoming series were produced without his involvement and consent. The @WBCBoxing was mislead by @hulu and we provided belts for production. Mike Tyson Is a legend RESPECT.” He wrote.

Following this, Tyson also responded to the tweet and stated that the streaming service should fire someone, and claimed that the producers were ‘lying’ to his friends.

Someone should get fired from Hulu. Producers were lying to my friends saying I supported the unauthorized series about my life.” He wrote.

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Tyson looks angry and frustrated for being conned by the streaming service for producing this series without his consent. Moreover, Iron Mike most probably wants to get financial compensation for this series, which Hulu may have tried to avoid.

Will Jamie Foxx play Mike Tyson?

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There were reports that the production of another Tyson biopic was ongoing, with Jamie Fox as the lead. Moreover, the biopic will be directed by Antoine Fuqua and produced by Martin Scorsese. However, the production of the movie faced several setbacks, with constant changes in producers and directors.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: Former boxer Mike Tyson attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at  T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Notably, no streaming service has been announced for this biopic, but rumors are that either Netflix or Amazon will premier it. Tyson has worked very closely with production members, including Foxx, which is why he also boycotted the Hulu series.

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What did you think about Tyson boycotting his biopic? Let us know in the comments.

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Sahil Sood

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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, and holds a keen interest in the 'sweet science'. His journey towards following boxing began when he first saw the highlights of Mike Tyson as a teenager, and then closely followed the rise of Floyd Mayweather.

Edited By: Ajinkya Aswale

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