Tyson Offered $20 Million To Fight For BKFC
Would an extremely lucrative offer convince Mike Tyson to dive into the world of bare-knuckle boxing?
It was first reported by Heavy that Tyson has been offered over $20 million by Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. BKFC President David Feldman stated that the former heavyweight champion has an opportunity to compete against any of the promotions current fighters. He even stated that they are working on other ways for Tyson to be used.
“While we did make a guaranteed offer of $20 million for Mike [Tyson] to fight for BKFC, we’re open to many different options as to how we can work together. Obviously, the excitement of seeing Mike’s video showing himself training and desire to participate in exhibitions inspired us to reach out and make the offer.” Feldman stated.
Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) has been receiving several offers ever since he expressed his desire to return to the ring. The 53-year-old was shown hitting the pads with what looked like the same power he had in his prime. He then stated he is ready to fight in exhibition bouts for charity. Australian boxing promoter Brian Amatruda has offered him $1 million to fight Australian football and rugby stars, while Danny Williams has expressed interest in facing Tyson in a rematch.
This is not the first time BKFC has been interested in bringing in a big name from boxing. The promotion signed Paulie Malignaggi to take on Artem Lobov in a grudge match back in 2019. They also recently signed former WBO Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs. Briggs recently went on social media to suggest a tag team bare-knuckle bout featuring Tyson and himself v. Evander Holyfield and Wladimir Klitschko.
Besides Briggs, who would be a potential opponent for Tyson if he were to sign with BKFC? There is BKFC Heavyweight Champion Joey Beltran, who has fought for the promotion since 2018. Hector Lombard, who has fought in MMA, kickboxing, and bare-knuckle, is also an option. Another choice could be a celebrity bout against Evander Holyfield, who just announced his intentions to return to the ring. A bare-knuckle fight doesn’t last as long as a boxing bout does; five two-minute rounds.
Tyson made his professional boxing debut in 1985 and knocked out Trevor Berbick in his 28th fight to win the WBC Heavyweight Title. He became the youngest world heavyweight champion of all time at 20. “Iron” Mike made his last boxing appearance in 2005, losing to Kevin McBride.