The Baddest Man on the Planet Prepares for Potential Return
Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson continued to tease boxing enthusiasts about a potential return to the ring by posting another practice video on Instagram on Monday that concluded with the message, “I’m back.”
The 53-year-old incurred the attention of the boxing world last week when he posted a brief video of training that confirmed he maintains lots of the punching strength and momentum that enabled him to become the first heavyweight to take the WBA, WBC and IBF titles.
Tyson stated then that he was acknowledging a return to the ring for some exhibition games to boost funds for charity.
The freshest video revealed Tyson growling through a workout punching the pads in yet another manifestation of the ferocious strength that made him one of the sport’s most dreaded punchers.
Since Tyson indicated at a return, challengers have been following up for a chance at the boxer recognized as “Iron Mike.”
A more likely chance, nonetheless, would be Evander Holyfield, with whom Tyson involved in numerous significant matches throughout their professional careers.
If Tyson, who withdrew after a loss to Kevin McBride in 2005, does return to the ring, he will be serving in the footsteps of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao in getting out of retirement for an exhibition match.
Tyson, who became the youngest heavyweight champion of all time when he beat Trevor Berbick in 1986 aged 20, won 50 of his 58 professional fights before leaving.
“It may not be over yet,” Tyson stated in a Facebook live stream. “Anything’s possible. I feel unstoppable now. The gods of war have reawakened me, burned my ego, and want me to go to battle again. I feel like I’m [young] again.”