Fedor Emelianenko is in pursuit of an alternative adversary for a prospective boxing match. Negotiations with the American ring legend Mike Tyson have hit a dead-end, a source within Emelianenko’s team disclosed to TASS on Friday.
According to the source, “Fedor is considering alternative opponents, as there was no progress in the talks with Tyson.”
In an interview wearlier this year, Emelianenko had expressed his desire to step into the boxing ring against Tyson.
However, Tyson’s promoter, Bob Arum, in response to a TASS correspondent, dismissed the notion of a potential boxing match with Emelianenko. Arum labeled the idea as absurd and suggested leaving Tyson undisturbed in retirement, emphasizing that the former American boxer has long ceased professional sports activities.
Emelianenko, aged 46, boasts an official MMA record of 40 wins, with 16 victories by KO/TKO, 15 by submission, and nine by decision. He faced six defeats, five by KO/TKO, and one by submission, culminating in his final bout against American MMA champion Ryan Bader in Los Angeles in February, which resulted in a first-round loss as he retired from professional competition.
On the other hand, legendary American boxer Mike Tyson, often hailed as a fabulous boxer, holds a professional boxing record of 50 wins, with an astounding 44 victories by knockout, and six defeats. Tyson, who concluded his professional career in 2005, remains an iconic figure in boxing, having held the distinction of being the youngest boxer to unify the WBC, WBA, and IBF belts, becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion at the tender age of 20. He won his first 19 professional bouts by knockout and is a member of both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
Emelianenko temporarily retired between 2012 and 2015. During this hiatus, he held the position of the president of the Russian MMA Union and served as an advisor to then-Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.
Upon his return in 2015, Emelianenko participated in eight bouts, with notable victories over renowned opponents. His journey includes triumphs over fighters from various countries, further solidifying his status in the MMA world.
Born on September 28, 1976, in Rubezhnoye, Ukraine, Emelianenko’s illustrious career encompasses numerous titles, including Pride FC Heavyweight Champion, FIAS World Combat Sambo Championship Heavyweight Champion, and the Russian Judo Federation National Championship bronze medalist. In 2009, Sports Illustrated named him “the top MMA fighter of the decade.”