- It’s been almost 15 years since Mike Tyson competed in boxing.
- New reports of Mike Tyson returning to boxing are starting to surface.
- Tyson confirmed that he’s back in training and expects to compete this year.
From 1985 into the early 2000s, Mike Tyson was considered one of the best boxers on the planet. He retired from the sport in 2005 and has focused on new business ventures ever since. To the surprise of many, reports of Mike Tyson returning to boxing are beginning to surface.
At 53 years old, Tyson is unlikely to start looking for heavyweight titles. Anything is possible, though. Today, we’re going to talk about what we know about this situation.
Let’s get into it!
All Major Boxing Events Have Been Postponed
2020 was shaping up to be one of the best years in boxing history. In February, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury engaged in one of the most highly-anticipated bouts of all time. Several major fights were scheduled to take place in the Spring.
Unfortunately, the entire sport of boxing has been shut down. Every major fight has been postponed and it’s unclear when any major fights will resume. Not long ago, some of the top officials in boxing gave their opinions about when things might resume.
Oscar De La Hoya, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, expects title fights to start taking place again in July. He claims sports will help to push the country through its current troubles. De La Hoya also revealed that he’s been speaking with different state commissions about holding an event in the near future.
Bob Arum, the head of Top Rank, has an even more optimistic view of things. He expects big fights to start being held again sometime in early summer, perhaps as early as June. Florida is the most logical state to host fights, Arum claims.
The truth is that no one knows when any boxing fights will take place. Most major fights continue to be postponed. This week, news broke that one of the most legendary fighters in history is planning to step into the cage once again.
Reports of Mike Tyson Returning to Boxing Begin to Surface
Mike Tyson is likely the most well-known boxer on the planet. That’s a little surprising, considering it’s been nearly 15 years since he competed. During his run through the heavyweight division, Tyson elevated the sport of boxing to new heights.
Since retiring, Tyson has dabbled in several different business ventures. Most recently, he’s launched a successful podcast and continues to invest in the cannabis industry. In recent years, Tyson had repeatedly claimed he would never box again.
It appears his opinion is changing. Tyson recently took part in an Instagram Live chat with rapper T.I. During the talk, he revealed that he plans to start competing again. Tyson claims it won’t be in the most competitive scenario, though.
“I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week,” he said. “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 motherfucker like me.”
It seems that the reports of Mike Tyson returning to boxing are true. Today, a clip of Mike hitting the pads surfaced and it appears he can still pack a serious punch. You can check the clip out below.
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) May 1, 2020
An opponent for Tyson has not been revealed. More information about this will come out over the next few weeks. In another piece of news, a major heavyweight title fight has been officially pushed back to later this year.
Wilder vs. Fury 3 Has Been Officially Postponed
The rivalry between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is one of the best in boxing right now. It began in December of 2018, when the two men fought to a draw in one of the best bouts that year. The second fight took place this past February, with Tyson stopping Wilder in the 7th round.
Eventually, Wilder decided to utilize his championship clause and demanded a rematch. The third fight was then booked to take place in July. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case.
Due to travel restrictions and bans on large gatherings, this fight is being pushed back to October. Some feel this will benefit Deontay. Others think it gives Tyson Fury even more time to hone his boxing skills.
BetOnline, one of the top online sportsbooks in the US, is now offering odds on this fight. Fury is entering as the favorite with current odds of -240 to win. Wilder remains one of the hardest hitters in the sport and holds odds of +200 to beat Fury for the first time.
With Mike Tyson returning to boxing, perhaps we’ll see him competing against Fury or Wilder sometime in the future. Anything is possible!
Are you surprised to hear Mike plans to box again? Who do you think he should compete against? Let us know in the comments section below.