As Shaun Clarida Looks to Defend His 212 Mr. Olympia Title, Bodybuilding Legend Names a “Legitimate Threat” to Him

Many bodybuilders are withdrawing their names from the upcoming contest. Many individuals are grueling and giving their best to prepare for the 2023 Mr. Olympia. However, one bodybuilder in the 212 division caught everyone’s eye for his incredible journey so far. The Georgian native began his bodybuilding journey a few years back. Just in a short span of time, he made his name in the bodybuilding community, with his unwavering determination and commitment to the sport.

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Keone Pearson, with his passion for bodybuilding, propelled him to become the youngest IFBB Pro. Despite being active and in good shape, 2016 was the year Pearson significantly elevated his interest in bodybuilding, and achieved a great huge body. His dedication not only attracted people from the internet but the legendary bodybuilders also talked about him.

Keone Pearson would give tough competition to the reigning champion!


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Recently, Bodybuilding legend and over 40 surgeries survivor, Flex Wheeler took to his Instagram and shared a stunning post regarding this astonishing young bodybuilder. Since his childhood, he has been disciplined and hardworking. He first took part in NPC Lee Haney games and secured first place. After starting his training a year later, he became the NPC Junior USA champion and earned his Pro Card.

However, Wheeler posted a picture of Pearson and wrote in his Instagram story,“@Keone_prodigy legitimate threat for the 2023 212 Mr. Olympia title.” The 28-year-old bodybuilder’s vision is to inspire the world toward fitness. With his dedication, he became a certified professional trainer. However, despite earning the titles at a young he was often compared to another strong contender with two Mr. Olympia titles, The Giant Killer.

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In 2022, Shaun Clarida clinched his second title in a challenging competition, facing off against Kamal ElGargni, who had previously secured his title in 2019. Sadly, he won’t be participating in this year’s competition because his elder brother was diagnosed with cancer. However, in the recent episode of the Olympia TVs podcast bodybuilding legends talked and shared about their final prediction for the 2023 Olympia.

Pearson placed in the top three in the final prediction!

The 57-year-old bodybuilding legend, Bob Chick picked his top three while sharing his opinion he said, “So uh Keon is great man I tell you Keon reminds me….of smaller Edgar Fletcher his physique is just absolutely put together small waist beautiful muscle bellies.” He explained further that even though he had a great structured physique, he was missing out on the conditioning.


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Most of the guests, Flex Wheeler, and Chris Cormier picked him in the top three because of his impressive body. It is too soon to judge who will be crowned as the champion in this division. Do you think Clarida would defend himself for the third time or Keone Pearson be declared the new champion? Let us know in the comments below.

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