Mike Tyson plans to box again. The former heavyweight champion of the world beat Trevor Berbick at the tender age of 20 to win the belt for the first time. During his heyday, he was the most feared fighter on the planet. Line them up and he’d knock them out.
Then after losing to Buster Douglas in one of the shocks of the century, the wheels started to fall off. Tyson’s personal life descended into chaos, as money and abusive management took their toll on his mindset. Add in that rape conviction and things got very dark.
But remarkably, even in this era of cancel culture, Tyson endure. After retiring with a record of 50-6, the 53-year-old plans to box again for charity. Check out how he lit up the pads below. He still looks sharp as ever.
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Speaking on Instagram live, Tyson explained that he’s planning on fighting in exhibition matches. It’s 17 years since he last won, back in 2003 against Clifford Ettiene. Who would you like to see him knock out for charity? Tyson said:
“I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week. That’s been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts. I’ve been working out, I’ve been trying to get in the ring, I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape.
“I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff. Some charity exhibitions, make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected motherf****** like me.
‘Iron’ Mike further explained his fitness regime. In short, it’s incredibly intense. Most 53-year-olds definitely won’t be able to keep up with it, that’s for sure. But as you can see from the footage above, his power remains devastating.
“I do two hours on cardio, I do the bike and the treadmill for an hour, then I do some light weights, 300, 250 reps. Then I start my day with the boxing thing, I go in there and hit the mits, 30 minutes, 25 minutes, start getting in better condition. I’m start to put those combinations together. I’m in pain, I feel like three guys kicked the s*** out of me.
It is worth mentioning that anybody can look good on the pads. Boxers love to show off their skills on them because they look cool, but the reality is that they don’t hit back. Nor do the combinations translate properly into a real fight. Sorry, Ryan Garcia.
There have been comments saying that Tyson would beat Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury today. Just stop. No, he wouldn’t. He’s 53. In his prime, sure you could make that argument, but not today. It will be fascinating to see who he does take on if these charity bouts materialize.
However, if there’s anybody who can get fans excited about a comeback, it’s Iron Mike. He still maintains the same aura of invincibility and brutality as ever. Truly an icon.