Mike Tyson’s decision to return to training has been met with enthusiasm from fans and some fellow fighters after the release of a short video that shows the 53-year-old still has plenty of speed and power as he ponders boxing in exhibition bouts.
The former world heavyweight champion, who said he could return to
the ring in exhibitions to raise money for charity, posted a training
video https://www.instagram.com/p/B_qAaOHFtwj on social media that has
been viewed more than nine million times.
The video shows American Tyson, the first heavyweight to hold the
WBA, WBC and IBF titles, working the pads with trainer Rafael Cordeiro.
Tyson retired after a loss to Kevin McBride in 2005, but more than a
decade on, there is already a buzz about his potential return to the
“Can’t believe, this is another level,” UFC lightweight champion
Khabib Nurmagomedov said on social media after seeing the video.
If Tyson does return to the ring, he will be following in the
footsteps of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao in coming out of
retirement for an exhibition fight.
Former heavyweight champion George Foreman, however, said ‘Iron Mike’ had given enough to the sport.
Tyson, who became the youngest heavyweight champion of all time when he defeated Trevor Berbick in 1986 aged 20, won 50 of his 58 professional fights before retiring.
Reuters / RNZ