Boxing virtuoso Mike Tyson has taken an opposite stance against Floyd Mayweather’s claim of boxing having ‘too many belts’, saying that the fights are for the championship titles.
Fifteen times world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr, who is set for a return to the ring against YouTuber Logan Paulin an exhibition fight on 20th February next year, expressed his annoyance over boxing having multiple titles across the weight division which he claims has churned out an excessive number of titleholders.
“I don’t care if it’s Top Rank, if it’s Golden Boy [Promotions], if it’s Mayweather Promotions, if it’s PBC — there are too many champions in the sport of boxing right now,” Mayweather said during the Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz pre-fight media week back in October.
“Too many champions. It’s not a such thing as a super champion, not at all. And I’m not taking nothing away from no fighter. It’s too many belts,” Mayweather added.
However, things are different according to the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson, who believes the structure in fact benefits the boxers at the end.
Boxing never has too many belts: Mike Tyson contradicts Floyd Mayweather’s claim
Mike Tyson recently made his highly anticipated comeback to the ring against Roy Jones Jr on 28th November, clinching WBC’s latest “Frontline Battle Belt”.
The former reigning king of the heavyweight division, Tyson spoke to BoxingScene.com and regarding Mayweather’s statement, the Baddest Man on the Planet believes having multiple titles, in turn, helps the boxers bag more cash.
“Boxing never has too many belts because every time it’s a championship fight, it’s more money for the fighter,” asserted Tyson.
“There’s never enough belts you know?” the 54-year-old went on, ‘to say there’s one champion and there are 10 guys, how long will it take for the champion to fight the 10 guys? Plus they gotta go through each other … It’s good to have [multiple] champions because then everybody can get paid.”
“Everybody makes money. That’s what this business is about. Money,” Tyson added.