The youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history may have met his match. Looking for a true challenge, Mike Tyson will be facing off against one of the biggest predators in the world.
Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) has been shown on a beach taking a picture with cages, throwing them down. Now we know why. The 54-year-old will be taking on a shark during Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” program. The challenge, known as Tyson vs. Jaws: Rumble for the Reef, will air on August 9 at 9 p.m. ET. Introducing the combatants will be famed ring announcer Michael Buffer.
In the below video, Tyson is shown in a Baywatch parody while flipping over the aforementioned cage.
“Shark week is hard, man! Whew… Someone is going to get bit,” Tyson stated.
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— Shark Week (@SharkWeek) July 15, 2020
It appears that this won’t be a true challenge as everyone may think, as a disclaimer said no sharks were harmed (or bitten) in the making of the episode.
Everyone has been keeping track of Tyson since he announced his intentions to return to the ring. A lineal champion, Tyson is looking to compete in exhibition bouts for charity. In a sense, what he is doing relates to whatever doubts he may have.
“I took on this challenger to overcome fears I still deal with in life,” said Tyson, via Entertainment Weekly. “I equate this with overcoming my fear of getting back into the ring at 54 years old. I learned from this experience doing Shark Week that whatever intimidates me, I am still able to step up to the challenge of overcoming anything that would prevent me from accomplishing my life’s mission of reaching my highest potential in life and bringing me closer to God.”
Discovery is looking to use state of the art technology to capture the lives of sharks, while also entertain its audience. This will be the 32nd annual installment of “Shark Week”, which will include eight days of programming.