What is ‘Liger’ and What Does Mike Tyson Have to Do with It?

Published 06/18/2021, 10:04 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 08: Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson speaks during the third annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction gala at Caesars Palace on August 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


54-year-old Mike Tyson is making pretty big moves outside the boxing circle. Although he remains active or at least seems, as a boxer, he is also trying his shots in the cinematic universe. While Tyson has already appeared in several hit Hollywood flicks, he will reportedly now act in an Indian movie. The film is still under process and most probably will feature the American boxer in a big role.

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According to the reports of tollywood.media.9.com, Indian actor Vijay Deverakonda will act in the main role of the film titled ‘Liger’. Deverakonda is already a superstar in the Asian subcontinent, with a massive 12.2 million followers on Instagram. Indian director Puri Jagannath will direct the film in the south Indian dialect.

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Although Mike Tyson is yet to unveil the news officially, it has already sent the combat world into a frenzy. Simultaneously, Indian fans are also excited to catch a glimpse of the KO-artist alongside one of their favorite actors. The movie ‘Liger’ will reportedly revolve around boxing and Deverakonda’s lead role would possibly urge him to lace up the gloves.

It’s still not official whether Tyson will be playing himself in the movie. But the veteran boxer can potentially play the mentor to Deverakonda’s character. Even if Mike Tyson gets a small screen time, his presence would still mean a lot the marketing of the movie.

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Mike Tyson’s cameo in famous Hollywood films- Hangover, China Salesman, Kickboxer, Hamlet Pheroun, and Meet The Blacks among others ensures that Mike Tyson holds a legitimate command on the cinematic universe too.

He is also a reputed analyst of the boxing world, running his own podcast. That said, ‘Hotboxin with Mike Tyson’ is one of the most popular talk shows of the time, and has hosted several celebrities. Hence, Tyson is still good at making headlines. His new role in an Indian film can open the doors to stardom in the Asian subcontinent. Although Tyson is already a top-tier name over there, he can only look to expand from this point.

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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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