Mike Tyson Names His Favorite Guests on Hotboxin’ Podcast, Leaves Out Khabib

Published 12/26/2021, 10:00 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 19: Former boxing champion Mike Tyson looks on during the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 19, 2019 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fl.(Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Heavyweight legend Mike Tyson has hosted several celebrities in his HotBoxin podcast. Most of them have been pro-combatants, but several celebrities from other communities have also chimed into the show. From authors to rappers and movie stars, HotBoxin podcast has sheltered all of them.

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While Tyson has now successfully seen two seasons of his podcast, he picked the favorites from the slot. Tyson has had sensational conversations with many of them. It’s clearly hard to pick one. However, Tyson still favored two prime entities over all of them.

In an exclusive chat with Westword, Mike Tyson said, “Listen, I’ve had the who’s who and all that. There’s so many different ones. Kamaru Usman was good. Tony Robbins was good. I’ve had quite a few good ones.”

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UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and American author Tony Robbins appeared in the podcast almost two years back. They had a great time and thrilled several fans with many insights regarding their life. Interestingly, Mike Tyson has hosted bigger celebrities than them.

Kamaru Usman’s episode has hit 328K views on Tyson’s YouTube channel, and Robbin’s episode stands at 540K views. Quite commendable, but nowhere near Khabib Nurmagomedov’s episode that has garnered 4.4 million views in just 4 months.

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Former UFC 155 lbs champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has been a fan of Tyson and had a surreal time chatting with the heavyweight great. The episode also featured Henry Cejudo as the co-host with several UFC insights popping out to the display. But there can be a stark reason Tyson didn’t name ‘The Eagle’ as his favorite guest.

Why didn’t Mike Tyson pick Khabib Nurmagomedov?

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Despite being a fan of Tyson, Nurmagomedov reportedly, didn’t like how the ‘Baddest Man on The Planet’ appeared during the show. The UFC star didn’t like the smoking aspect for sure and even compared Tyson’s credibility as an athlete to soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.

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)

Nurmagomedov said, “I didn’t like his look, I told him right away to get rid of all the things like smoke on the table. I didn’t like being there. I liked more the way Cristiano Ronaldo looked. He looks like an athlete.”

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Although Mike Tyson didn’t respond, it may have urged him to pick apart Khabib from the list of his favorites. Well, Tyson has clarified nothing, and he casually named two of his favorite guests, in an interview where he was addressing several more things about himself.

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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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