Monday, August 19, 2013

Mike Tyson on Weibo Wanting to Take On Cheng Guan and Donnie Yen!

By Asia Pop Culture

After almost 3.8 million followers on Twitter, Iron Mike Tyson, former heavyweight boxing champion, registered a verified Sina Weibo account on Monday, reported Beijing Cream.  True to form, after only 4 tweets, Tyson is already stirring up conversations by posting this question on Weibo:

"Who is the best fighter in China?"
So one Weibo user replied:
"There is no doubt, the best fighter in china is Donnie Yen!@甄子丹"
(Donnie Yen is a famous kung fu actor in Asia)

Tyson's response:
"Donnie Yen? I've heard about this guy, YE WEN! Always wanna meet him in person some day and have a real talk on fight!!"  

Another netizen replied,
"城管(cheng guan):-) urban management." 
Tyson, being a Laowai (老外), understandably responded:
“Who is Chengguan? A tough man? I’ve never heard it.”  
Graphic Source: Beijing Cream

So from these Weibo tweets, we may conclude:
  1. We may see Iron Mike and Donnie Yen in the ring.... some day? 
  2. Tyson needs to brush up more on Chinese culture to expand Chinese fan base and market.

You see, 'cheng guan' means City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau, which is a local government agency that has been established in every city in China.  So the 'cheng guan' reference as the 'the best fighter in China' is a sarcastic remark reflecting the bureaucracy, corruption and lack of discipline of the agency observed by regular Joe's in China.  In other words, this is like an "inside joke" probably only people who has lived in China long enough would understand.  

One reason Tyson, now 47, is on Weibo probably has to do with that he is making a comeback in the ring on Aug. 23 as a promoter and president of Iron Mike Productions. His first show, featuring a super-featherweight title fight in Verona, N.Y., and will be televised on ESPN.  He currently has about 37,000 fans on Weibo, and I'm sure the number will only grow much higher from here.