In the aftermath of the biggest upset of the year, in which Dmitry Bivol defeated Canelo Alvarez, Mike Tyson has rushed to the aid of the Mexican to give him some much-needed advice.
‘Iron Mike’ is undoubtedly the scariest human being to have ever set foot in a boxing ring. His terrifying aura, combined with his inhuman punching power, captured the attention of fans around the globe.
The American’s infamous ‘ peek-a-boo’ style saw him rocket up the heavyweight rankings at an alarming rate. He stopped a plethora of world-class fighters before dismantling Trevor Berbick inside of just two rounds to win the WBC world championship. At just 20-years-of-age, his crowning moment solidified him as the youngest heavyweight king in boxing history.
With all his accolades considered, Tyson has forgotten more about boxing than we’ll ever know, thus making any advice he has to offer indispensable.
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Mike Tyson offers Canelo Alvarez advice
After watching Bivol take the pound-for-pound superstar to school, the 55-year-old felt obliged to give the global icon some words of wisdom. Utilising his deep understanding of the game, he spotted an area in which Canelo could improve for the rematch. And to show how it could work, he took to the heavy bag.
In a video uploaded by Little Giant Boxing, he said: “If Canelo was using his jab effectively and hard, the guy wouldn’t have been able to come in because he was coming as he wasn’t worried about his jab.”
Tyson continued: “He got more aggressive and brave, as he wasn’t jabbing, he has no descent. If he’s not using the jab, the guy is going to walk straight in on him like he did. Next fight, use that jab, and it is a different fight.”
Tyson then showcased his own quick-fire left hand before releasing one of his famous combos.
The sporting icon concluded: “Keep that jab popping off. When Bivol is jabbing, Canelo should be moving, looking to slip the jab and unload his own shots. He can then anticipate the combinations of his opponent because if he was using the jab, the guy wouldn’t throw the combinations. I believe if he uses his jab, it is a completely different fight.”
Could Canelo Alvarez take Mike Tyson’s advice into the ring?
However, as good as the heavyweight legend’s advice is on paper, applying it in the ring is an entirely different proposition. On the night, Bivol proved to have all the skills to deal with his opponent with ease.
He was too big, too technical and ultimately too good. But there’s no doubt Canelo will want this one back, meaning he’ll have to enter the squared circle with an entirely different game plan. And who knows, perhaps he’ll base his new approach on what Tyson had to say.
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