The mighty Mike Tyson has sent the boxing fraternity into a frenzy by teasing that he may make a return to the ring. The former world heavyweight champion hinted at a possible comeback when he proclaimed at the end of a training video on his Instagram with the sign off, “I’m back”.
The video showed that the 53-year-old legendary fighter can still pack a punch, even in training. Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion of all time when at the tender age of just 20 years old he defeated Trevor Berbick in 1986. He then went on to win a staggering 50 of 58 professional fights before retiring after a loss to Kevin McBride in 2005. Fans love to see him in action in any capacity as it harks back to his glory days when he ate up titles like the WBA, WBC and IBF. The video shows his signature moves, and growls, that got the industry sitting up and taking notice.
He has since commented that a return would be unlikely in a professional capacity, yet instead, he would relish the chance to set up some exhibition fights to raise awareness and funds for charity. And it looks like he won’t be short of offers as other big hitters from the industry’s past have stepped forward to take him on in these charity bouts.
Australian former NRL player Paul Gallen with a 9-0-1 record, and New Zealand rugby player Sonny Bill Williams, who has previously dipped his toe into the ring, have been pipped as potential opponents. The word is however that the more likely opponent would be none other than Evander Holyfield with whom Tyson already clashed with in several pro tournaments during their intense careers.
Other ex-pro boxers who have stepped into the ring in the name of charity include Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao, who came out in exhibition fights.
Frankly, we can’t wait to see if the gloves get dusted off soon.