2020 has been a strange year to say the least. Mike Tyson making a return to boxing – surely not that strange?
In 1986, a 20-year-old Tyson became the youngest ever heavyweight world champion, a record he still holds to this day.
The dream comeback may become a reality, a video of the 53-year-old training went viral and signs of a potential comeback are there.
Fellow fighters like David Haye and Khabib Nurmagomedov had their say on social media, in awe of Tyson. But is an Iron Mike comeback realistic?
“The power is different level,” says Rafael Cordeiro, the trainer holding the pads in the video. “I didn’t expect to see what I saw – I saw a guy with the same speed, the same power as a guy who is 21-, 22-years-old.”
5 Live Boxing’s Steve Bunce has a difference in opinion, “There are probably hundreds of men above 14 stone that are boxing around the world that would easily beat Tyson now.
“That’s the truth. Unless he fights another 53-year-old where they are both walking through treacle, after a minute it will be horrible.”
According to Guiness World Records, the oldest active boxer is Stephen Ward, who was 60 years 337 days old at the time of his most recent bout in Nottinghamshire, UK, on 15 July 2017.
Surely Tyson doesn’t wanting to be fighting the likes of Ward, perhaps he wants to become a world champion again, 33 years since he first became one.
Eddie Hearn sees the comeback as a problem to promoters. He told British Boxing Television, “”I would probably like to see it but is it a bit irresponsible to let a 53-year-old legend back in the ring?
“He looks pretty dangerous. What’s compelling is could he actually go back in at 53 and do some damage? But should we be encouraging that from an all-time great?
“There’s a fine line – and I’ve crossed it a couple of times – between integrity of the sport and entertainment delivering numbers. Our job is to deliver numbers for broadcasters but we have to keep it as close to the right mark as we can.”
Keep up to date with our sports live blog: http://uogjmag.co.uk/park-life-sport-live-blog-all-the-latest-sports-news-during-the-covid-19-pandemic
Tyson’s friend and rival, Evander Holyfield is also returning to the ring… for charity. The American told TMZ that he is “down for a third fight” with Tyson.
Holyfield won both his professional fights with Iron Mike, with the second one being the infamous showdown where Tyson was disqualified for taking a chunk out of his opponent’s ear. Perhaps their potential charity clash won’t be as intense.
2020 has been an unpredictable year to say the least. We may even see Iron Mike Tyson in the ring for a professional fight, now the world of boxing waits.