Tyson Could End Up Being A Ranked Fighter
Is there a chance that Mike Tyson won’t just be coming back to boxing for exhibition bouts? This is something the World Boxing Council has been thinking about and preparing for.
The 53-year-old Tyson (50-6, 2NC) looked in great shape as he announced his return to the ring. Competing in bouts for charity, Tyson has received offers from several entities, some who want him to fight as a professional again. He was offered $1 million to fight Australian football and rugby stars and $20 million to sign with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship for legitimate fights. A rematch with active boxer Danny Williams and a fight with John Fury are both also on the table. Evander Holyfield has even stated he would fight Tyson again.
How does the WBC, an organization in which Tyson has held its heavyweight title twice, see this situation playing out? Knowing how he once had a hunger to compete, WBC Governing Body President Mauricio Sulaiman is ready for anything. That includes ranking him within the current generation of fighters of the heavyweight division.
“Mike Tyson was the youngest to win a world championship. Maybe he will be the oldest! He’s a tremendous, legendary figure. He’s an icon for the sport, an icon for the WBC. He could knock out anyone with one punch, at any time! So of course we will support him,” Sulaiman stated, via Sporting News.
“I don’t like to speculate. This is a topic we are all entertained by. An exhibition is one thing; if he comes back he has to be licensed and has to go through a thorough process. I’m not going to kill the dream. I’m going to be very supportive of Mike Tyson, he deserves it. If the dream is to say ‘I will be ranked,’ I am saying yes, we will rank him.”
The WBC recognizes fighters like Dillian Whyte, Deontay Wilder, Oleksandr Usyk, and more in the rankings. Several fighters have credited Tyson for helping them get involved in boxing. Some have even called him out to fight.
Tyson hasn’t fought professionally since 2005 when he lost to Kevin McBride. The former lineal heavyweight champion was unstoppable in the 80s and early 90s, with 44 wins via knockout. Recently a video came out showing him hitting the pads with such precision and power like the old Tyson. Sulaiman wants to further understand what exactly Tyson wants to get himself into before trying to put him back into the active pool.
“We need to first understand what it is. I think it’s an exhibition,” Sulaiman went on to say. “The safety has to be top priority. It is great to see athletes promoting the sport. Mike Tyson had a very complicated life in boxing.
“Now to see him losing weight, active, healthy, is great and we have to support him. But we have to see if it is a real fight. I am hearing that it’s an exhibition and we are fully behind him.”