In a recent appearance on his 'Hotboxin' podcast, Iron Mike Tyson told listeners that his son, Amir, was desperate to face Logan Paul in an exhibition boxing match.
While Tyson claimed he was not keen on his son sharing a ring with the YouTube star, and stated that "you don’t want none of that heat, I’m telling you," a number of other boxers have actively encouraged their kids to box.
Here are 6 of the most famous boxers whose kids have followed their footsteps and fought in the boxing ring.
Ricky Hatton enjoyed an immensely successful career as a professional boxer.
Widely considered one of the best British boxers of all time, the Hitman captured numerous world titles at light-welterweight and fought the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao during his legendary career.
Since retiring from boxing in 2012, Hatton has entered the world of coaching and has worked with Tyson and Tommy Fury, as well as Nathan Gorman.
Hatton has also been involved in the burgeoning professional career of his son, Campbell, who fought last weekend and is currently undefeated at 3-0.
While Campbell is still particularly raw as a boxer, he is just 20 years old and has plenty of time to learn and develop his skills. Indeed, with the backing of Matchroom Sport and time on his side, the sky is the limit for Campbell.
Only time will tell if he is to enjoy a similarly successful career to his father.
Like every other name on this list, Nigel Benn enjoyed a fantastic career as a boxer and dazzled fans with his aggression and power.
Between 1987 and 1990, the Dark Destroyer fought 29 times with only two bouts going to the judges’ scorecards. From 1992 until 1995, Benn became the WBC super-middleweight champion and continued to stun fans with his devastating power.
One particularly shocking fight was his war with America’s Gerald McClellan which saw the Illinois native collapse following the bout and undergo brain surgery in the days that followed.
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While Benn’s professional career was relatively short, spanning just 9 years, the family mantle has now been passed on to sons Conor and Harley.
Conor, in particular, looks the real deal and recently produced a stunning first-round knockout of Samuel Vargas that sent British boxing fans wild.
While it will take some doing to eclipse his father’s sensational career, with Benn Sr a former world champion in two weight divisions, the Destroyer seems to possess every ounce of talent needed to succeed at the highest level.
A former foe of Nigel Benn’s, Chris Eubank remains one of the most recognisable names in boxing, despite retiring 23 years ago.
Boasting an undefeated professional record for his first 9 years as a boxer, Eubank held the WBO super-middleweight title for over 5 years before he was defeated by Ireland’s Steve Collins.
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Perhaps Eubank’s best attribute was his bravery and durability, with the London native stopped only once during his 52-fight career.
While Eubank’s son, Chris Eubank Jr, has never quite reached the heights that his father did, Next Gen has still enjoyed an incredibly successful career. He is a former IBO super-middleweight champion and has defeated the likes of Gary O’Sullivan, Avni Yildrim, and James DeGale.
Tragically, Eubank’s second son, Sebastian, died earlier this year after suffering a massive heart attack while swimming in Dubai.
Julio Cesar Chavez
One of the greatest boxers of all-time, Julio Cesar Chavez once boasted a stunning professional record of 89-0-1 and retired in 2005 with a record of 107-6-2.
Chavez was a multiple-time world champion in three weight classes and was considered the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer during the early 1990s.
Upon Chavez’s retirement in 2005, his son Julio Cesar Chavez Jr became the family's next hope.
After making his debut in 2003, The Legend Continues (yes, his actual nickname) went a whopping 47 fights without losing.
Chavez Jr even captured a handful of titles during his unbeaten run, claiming Sebastian Zbik’s WBC middleweight title via majority decision in 2011.
However, in 2012, Chavez Jr was defeated by Argentina’s Sergio Martinez and tested positive for marijuana following the bout, his second positive test for the substance.
Since his first career loss, Chavez Jr has won six fights and lost five to the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs.
Most recently, the Mexican was embarrassingly defeated by UFC legend Anderson Silva via split decision. The loss came after Chavez missed weight for the bout.
Despite being 11 years younger than his opponent, Chavez Jr looked exhausted after just a few rounds and was easily defeated by the 46-year-old.
In the aftermath of the clash, the legendary Chavez Sr blasted his son and claimed that he’d rather Chavez Jr retire than continue disrespecting the sport of boxing. Ouch.
Undoubtedly one of the most legendary heavyweight boxers of all-time, Frazier was involved in some of the most iconic moments in boxing history.
Losing just four times in his 16-year career, Frazier is best known for his rivalry with Muhammad Ali which saw Smokin’ Joe win the first bout, and Ali the second and third.
Frazier also competed with George Foreman twice and lost via knockout in bout fights.
Frazier’s son, Marvis, also fought at heavyweight and enjoyed a solid career in his own right.
After a brilliant amateur career that saw Little Smoke win gold medals at national and world championships, Marvis made his professional debut and was undefeated until he met the legendary Larry Holmes.
Holmes, who was 44-0 at the time, made short work of Marvis and won via first-round knockout.
Marvis fought 10 more times as a professional, winning every bout apart from his bout against a 20-year-old Mike Tyson. Tyson knocked Frazier out in just 30 seconds.
Frazier Jr retired from boxing two years later and became an ordained minister.
Brother of the legendary Michael Spinks, Leon Spinks faced some of the most recognisable names in boxing throughout his 18-year professional career.
The older of the Spinks brothers, Leon won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympic Games and went on to meet Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Dwight Qawi, and Carlos de Leon amongst others. He retired in 1995 with a professional record of 26-17-3.
Following his retirement, his oldest son Cory Spinks entered the world of professional boxing and would go on to become the undisputed welterweight champion between 2003 and 2005.
Spinks Jr has since retired from boxing, but enjoyed a particularly successful career that saw him defeat Zab Judah and Ricardo Mayorga during his run as undisputed champion.
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