If everything goes according to plan, Mike Tyson could be one step closer to his first boxing bout since 2005.
Announcing a plan to return to action this year for exhibition bouts, Tyson (50-6, 2NC) has garnered interest from a variety of fighters. Speaking on the Young Money Radio Show, the former heavyweight champion discussed his plans. Evander Holyfield recently announced his return to the ring. While Tyson admitted that a trilogy bout “would be awesome“, Holyfield is not the only guy on his radar.
“Listen we’ve got so many guys that want to do this man. We’re in calls, we’re doing business with guys right now. You’re not going to believe the names when the names come out. Sometime this week we’ll have the contract done,” Tyson stated, via Boxing Scene.
The 53-year-old Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion of all time at 20 in 1986. His last bout, a stoppage loss against Kevin McBride, was when he was 38. Two years ago he was up to 300 pounds. Now, with stem-cell treatment and proper training, Tyson is at 230 pounds.
It is unknown who Tyson would be fighting if not Holyfield. Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship has offered him $20 million to compete, while former opponent Danny Williams and John Fury have offered to take Tyson on. With offers going to the millions, Tyson will end up fulfilling his promise to help those in need.
Tyson stated he will be helping those addicted to drugs and the less fortunate. Relating to them as a result of his past personal demons, Tyson is ready to make a difference.
“I’m just getting ready to help some people out who are less fortunate than me. I’m gonna do this charity event,” Tyson went on to say.
“I’m going to take this money and help these homeless and we’re going to help these addicted brothers. Because I’ve been homeless and I’ve been addicted so I know the struggle. Not many people have survived like I did.”