Snubbing Ryan Garcia vs ‘Tank’ Davis Fight Which Made Over $100,000,000 Mike Tyson Calls Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou the “Biggest Fight in Boxing”

Published 09/27/2023, 3:14 AM EDT

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Mike Tyson, an iconic figure in the world of boxing, is renowned for his unparalleled combination of speed, power, and ferocity in his prime. His unique style, known as the ‘peek-a-boo’ technique, was crafted by the legendary trainer Cus D’Amato. And it propelled him to become the youngest world heavyweight champion at just 20 years old. However, his actions outside the ring soon gained more notoriety than his in-ring performances. But recently, he has made a revival in his career as a podcaster, entertainer and now a coach to one of the current ‘baddest men’ on the planet!

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He has now directed his focus toward training Francis Ngannou for his upcoming bout against Tyson Fury. In a recent interview posted on TheMacLife YouTube channel, Tyson unveiled an intriguing perspective on the fight and made a bold claim regarding its significance!

Mike Tyson has made his pick for the biggest fight in sports

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This superfight, scheduled for October 28th in Riyadh, promises to be a clash of heavyweight titans from different combat sports realms. Ngannou, a former UFC heavyweight champion, has left the organization due to contract disputes and is under the tutelage of Tyson for this transition to the boxing ring. Ngannou, although inexperienced in professional boxing, has an impressive combat sports record, boasting 17 wins with 12 knockouts in MMA. However, Fury, standing tall figuratively and literally at 6’9″, has achieved a remarkable boxing career with a record of 33-0-1, including 24 wins by knockout.

In a recent interview on TheMacLife YouTube channel, Tyson shared his perspective on the fight’s significance. When asked about the biggest fight in boxing, Tyson confidently declared, “Well, this is the biggest fight in boxing right now, in all sports right now.” Even when compared to the highly anticipated Ryan Garcia vs. Gervonta Davis bout, Tyson asserted that Fury vs. Ngannou surpasses them all. This is a bold claim considering the fact that the PPV involving Davis and Garcia sold 1.2M PPV buys and made over $100 million in revenue!

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The conversation then shifted to the potential outcome of the Fury vs. Ngannou clash. Tyson expressed his belief that if Ngannou were to defeat Fury, it would be “the biggest upset in the history of entertainment.” If Ngannou pulls off the upset, it could surpass even the most significant upsets witnessed in boxing history. And Tyson, unfortunately, knows all too well what that feels like.

A quick look at one of the greatest upsets in boxing history

In 1990, James ‘Buster’ Douglas, a 42-to-1 underdog, faced Tyson in Tokyo, where Tyson was the overwhelming favorite. Undefeated and on the path to face heavyweight contender Evander Holyfield, Tyson seemed invincible. However, Douglas faced personal tragedy when his mother passed away just 23 days before the fight. Despite this setback, he channeled his emotions into rigorous training.

The fight commenced with the world expecting Tyson to dispatch Douglas swiftly. To the astonishment of everyone, Douglas fiercely competed in the bout, refusing to back down. While Tyson managed to knock Douglas down once, the underdog rose to his feet and continued to challenge Tyson. In the 10th round, Douglas landed a devastating uppercut that left Tyson stunned and sent him to the canvas for the first time in his professional career. Unable to rise, Tyson was counted out, and Douglas was crowned the new champion.

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As Tyson trains Ngannou for the colossal clash with Fury, the prospect of another historic upset looms in the world of combat sports. Only time will reveal whether Ngannou can script a monumental chapter in boxing history. Following in the footsteps of James ‘Buster’ Douglas, who once defied all odds to dethrone ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.

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Do you think Ngannou has what it takes to pull-off the biggest upset of the decade? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Dushyant Patni is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He fell in love with MMA at the tender age of fourteen and his appreciation for the craft has led him to become a practitioner, too. With a master's degree in English and an extensive background as a writer and editor, he uses his technical ability to articulate the nuances of the sport.
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