‘Iron Mike’ himself was at one time by far and away the biggest star in the sport, with several of his fights amongst the highest grossing pay per views of all time.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez has been the fighter delivering similar numbers stateside in recent years, and broke the attendance record for a boxing event in the United States when he defeated Billy Joe Saunders in front of 73,000 fans at the AT&T Stadium in Texas in 2021.
However, speaking on his podcast Hotboxin’, Tyson claimed the Mexican was “getting ready to go out.”
“Canelo’s probably the only superstar right now, as Floyd’s not around any more. People will say ‘who’s Canelo fighting?’ anywhere in the world.”
“But he’s getting ready to go out.”
Despite the former heavyweight kingpin’s comments, reports suggest Canelo will carry on until the end of this calendar year at the very least.
He takes on mandatory challenger Jon Ryder on May 6 in his native Mexico, the first time he will have boxed in his homeland for over a decade.
The event, which will take place at the Akron Stadium in Guadalajara, is widely expected to be the biggest sporting event in Mexico in 2023.
Though Ryder is a worthy challenger, Canelo is expected to retain his undisputed super middleweight crown and look towards a rematch with Dmitry Bivol in the second half of the year.
Mike Tyson Warns Canelo Alvarez After The Mexican Threatens Lionel Messi
Boxing legend Mike Tyson recently made a public warning to Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez after the latter threatened to “knock out” Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi.
Tyson, known for his powerful punches and intimidating persona, took to social media to deliver a strong message to Canelo.
The former heavyweight champion said that he would “knock out” Canelo if he ever tried to throw a punch at Messi.
Tyson’s warning came after Canelo made a bold statement that he would have no problem taking on the soccer star in the ring.
Tyson’s stern warning has sparked debate among sports fans, with many questioning whether Canelo would be brave enough to step up to the plate and challenge the soccer legend.
It remains to be seen if Canelo Alvarez will heed Tyson’s warning or if the Mexican boxer will risk the consequences of going up against one of the greatest sports icons of all time.
Tyson’s warning serves as a reminder that even the biggest names in the boxing world can’t get away with making threats or “playing games” with their opponents, as it could potentially have serious consequences.
Canelo Alvarez’s response
Fans did not forgive Canelo for his violent response to Messi and immediately changed his nickname.
After so much trouble, Canelo Alvarez came out to apologize to Messi, he said that he got carried away by the moment, but that he had nothing personal against Lionel or Argentina.