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Mike Tyson Gives His Honest Opinion On Boxing Vs. MMA Crossover Fights

Mike Tyson Gives His Honest Opinion On Boxing Vs. MMA Crossover Fights

Mike Tyson believes more crossover fights between boxing vs. MMA will "absolutely" happen in the future.

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The boxing legend predicts that we will see more cross-code matches following the huge clash between Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor in 2017.

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While many in the combat world would like to see the back of crossover bouts, the 53-year-old expects more to take place.

"I think that's [crossover fights] pretty awesome!" Tyson told The Sportsman. "He [Mayweather] was the first to do that. I like that. It's going to happen more, absolutely.

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"I don't know how well we would've done fighting them - it always depends on under which rules you're fighting."

Of course, Mayweather and McGregor agreed to face each other in 2017 in an extremely lucrative bout.

And WBC heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury could be the next boxer to face an MMA fighter and he appeared to call for a showdown in the famed Octagon.

Meanwhile, 'Iron' Mike also shared his thoughts on the current state of boxing.

"Boxing is such an enigma, as a sport," Tyson explained.

"This is what really matters: in two hundred years from now, there will probably only be five fighters that people will remember. That's what it's all about. It's not about having money, about becoming rich. That they won't stop mentioning your name until the planet's disintegrated: that's what this is really about.

"People are stating their names in the art of pugilist, fisticuff, combat, fighting. I like the word 'fighting.' That's not a politically correct word in this field anymore.

"Fighting is not cool, now. It can conjure up negative stuff, but not if you use it in a spiritual perspective. Fighting is spiritual, but you just can't see the spiritual in it because it's mostly dominated by the physical aspect. We want to be Achilles in our own mind. The king of all the fighters."

Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Mike Tyson, Boxing News, UFC News, Boxing, MMA, Floyd Mayweather

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

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