On Saturday, former heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson, asked his 5.6 million followers on Twitter which crypto asset they prefer: bitcoin or ethereum. Tyson is no stranger to the world of crypto and just recently stepped into the realm of non-fungible token (NFT) collectibles.
Iron Mike Asks His Fans: ‘Which do you prefer, Bitcoin or Ethereum?’
The former professional boxer, otherwise known as “Kid Dynamite” and “Iron Mike,” tweeted about bitcoin and ethereum on Saturday and asked his followers which crypto asset they preferred. Tyson is quite familiar with bitcoin and on July 25, 2015, he tweeted about a bitcoin automated teller machine (ATM) that featured his image. He also shared a website called miketysonbitcoin.com which is now offline. At the time, Tyson connected with a firm called Bitcoin Direct LLC but the venture was quickly forgotten after some drama.
In more recent times, Tyson has teamed up with the full-service creative agency, NFT studio 1ofone. According to the announcement, Tyson will drop his first official NFT collection with 1ofone this August and it will be available via opensea.io. The former heavyweight champion collaborated with digital artist Cory Van Lew and the NFT collection will present “iconic moments from his career,” unlockable content, and a limited release as well.
“The more I learn about NFT’s the more excited I am to be a part of the crypto/tech community,” Tyson said in a statement about the NFT project. “It’s the future and I chose to partner with 1ofone to help me navigate through the NFT community with something truly innovative and creative that tells a story about who I am.”
Tyson’s tweet on Saturday not only got attention from a great number of crypto supporters but also legendary rapper Busta Rhymes. Rhymes has been intrigued by cryptocurrencies as well recently and tweeted about his curiosity to his Twitter followers. After Tyson asked: “Which do you prefer, BTC or ETH?” Rhymes replied and said: “Mike, I’m right there with you. Spent the last 30 min reading the comment section.”
In the comment section of Tyson’s tweet, there’s a myriad of responses from the crowd. Microstrategy’s CEO Michael Saylor responded and said: “Mike, I spent more than a thousand hours considering this question and chose bitcoin. So far, I have purchased $2.9 billion in BTC because I think it’s the future of digital property.” Even Twitter’s Jack Dorsey replied to Tyson and shared a website called hellobitco.in.
Tyson’s Question Sees a Number of Responses
Of course, a number of people shilled other crypto assets and a wide variety of cryptocurrencies are mentioned in Tyson’s thread. The official Baby Doge Coin Twitter account said: “Mike let’s talk #BabyDoge” with a boxing glove and dog emoji. Paxful executive Ray Youssef also responded to Tyson’s question. “Great to have you with us Mike,” Youssef remarked. “Bitcoin is halal and peaceful, honest money.”
Youssef further added:
[Ethereum] is a platform for defi which is permissionless protobanking. Both have their place but I hold most in bitcoin and the people of Africa are using it everyday as a way out of economic apartheid.
Others simply implied that Tyson didn’t have to choose if he owned both crypto assets. Of course, the Tyson tweet also led to a number of bitcoin fans and ether supporters battling. Most of which stemmed from the bitcoin maximalist crowd, while other crypto asset fans claimed there are superior coins Tyson didn’t mention.
Another individual said: “ETH is an entire decentralized secure economy. BTC is [a] decentralized secure orange coin. So I prefer ETH.” The number of replies to Tyson’s question is very large and like Busta Rhymes said, one could easily spend thirty minutes reading them.
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