“I Will Pass on” – Stipe Miocic Shuts Down Potential Mike Tyson Fight

Published 03/28/2021, 12:37 AM EDT


Former UFC heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, one of the most prolific fighters of the era, isn’t afraid to go inside the squared circle against elite boxers, including the likes of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. However, he has claimed that he would look to avoid a scrap against former champion, Mike Tyson.

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Although Tyson is 54, and far from being an active athlete, Miocic still avoided accepting a challenge against him. It appeared to be his respect towards ‘Iron’ Mike, but as per the UFC fighter, Mike Tyson still appears to remain in his prime and is nowhere near his fighting radar.

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He said, “I will pass on, I will pass him out. That dude look exactly the same when he fought on, what’s his face Roy Jones Jr. and there he was like 20 years old. So nah, I am good.”

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Mike Tyson’s return to action has urged several fighters to come out of retirement and appear in exhibition bouts. Meanwhile, crossover fights between MMA fighters and boxers have also been on the rise. That said, Miocic can possibly lace up the boxing gloves, citing another blockbuster crossover for the fans.

However, there are still no developments to the idea and it will be a wait-and-watch scenario if the UFC fighter gets lured by a lucrative ‘Legends Only League’ deal.

Stipe Miocic- How good of a boxer he is?

Miocic appears to be one of the rare fighters, who possesses tremendous skill on the feet and on the ground. His fight with Francis Ngannou showed that he can take a punch and trade equally well. However, he would have to be careful of rushing in as he did at UFC 260.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (L-R) Stipe Miocic punches Francis Ngannou of Cameroon in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Although Miocic’s boxing skills have troubled several UFC heavyweights, he has attained success with wrestling, and hence Stipe Miocic will opt to stay away from the boxing ring.

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However, that still doesn’t demean his boxing abilities and in a boxing matchup, Miocic can rightfully look into the eye of a professional pugilist.

Do you think Stipe Miocic should make a move to the boxing world?

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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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