Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has reacted to Floyd Mayweather’s complaints about belts in boxing.
In October, Mayweather ranted about their being too many champions, he said.
“There is too many champions in the sport of boxing right now, too many champions. There is no such thing as a super champion, not at all. I’m not taking anything away from no fighter. There are just too many belts.
“Let me tell the people about what is going on in the sport of boxing. Why are there so many titles and so many different belts? People don’t know, for every belt you win, they have to pay a sanctioning fee,” he added. “If a fighter wins an interim belt he has to pay a sanctioning fee. If a fighter has just the regular belt, he has to pay a sanctioning fee, if a fighter is a super champion, he has to pay a sanctioning fee. This not good for the sport of boxing. Every fighter is a champion now. Belts are now like winning an amateur trophy, everyone is a champion, everyone has a belt.
“I don’t want to knock no fighter. I’m just tired of seeing fighters after the fight that everyone has got a championship belt. They’re like trophies,” Mayweather Jr. concluded. “The WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO, you gotta clean this sh*t up, you have to clean this up. It’s bad for boxing. There ain’t no such thing as a super champion. You guys are just taking extra money from all these fighters getts extra money from sanctioning fees.”
In the aftermath of his comeback fight with past weekend Tyson insisted having more belts in boxing helps the fighters earn more money, he said.
“Boxing never has too many belts because every time it’s a championship fight, that’s more money for the fighter. So there’s never enough belts, you know? Just say there’s one champion and you got 10 guys [divisional rivals], how long will it take him to go through these 10 guys? Plus they gotta go through each other…
“It’s good to have three champions because every time there’s a fight, then everybody can get paid… Everybody makes money. That’s what this business is about. Money.” (Transcribed by Sports Bible)
Do you agree with Mike Tyson? Is it better for boxers to have more belts?