Tyson Rejects ‘Insulting’ Offer to Face Australian Stars
Looking to make the most out of the situation, Mike Tyson has no interest in facing off against athletes that come from rugby or Australian football backgrounds.
Recently, Australian boxing promoter Brian Amatruda reached out to Tyson (50-6, 2NC), offering him $1 million to fight athletes from various backgrounds. This comes after he announced his intentions to return to the ring. The three names that were offered include Barry Hall, Paul Gallen, and Sonny Bill Williams, each with boxing backgrounds.
Amatruda made it a point that he contacted celebrity agent Max Markson to help him with negotiations. Markson ended up receiving a text message from Tyson, stating his disinterest for a bout with any of the three,
Via Boxing Scene, the message stated:
“Mike read the story (in the Daily Mail) that he would be fighting a rugby player. He has said he would not do that as it would be an insult to boxing. He says if he does get back into the ring it will be with a real boxer.”
Sonny Bill Williams is considered one of the more established players who box. He currently plays rugby for the Toronto Wolfpack of the Betfred Super League. The 34-year-old is a multiple-time Cup winner, most recently winning the Freedom and Bledisloe Cup. Making his professional boxing debut in 2009, Williams (7-0) has won both the NZPBA and WBA International Heavyweight Titles. His last bout was a unanimous decision win over Chauncey Welliver in 2015.
The 53-year-old Tyson has also received offers to face established fighters. Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship offered him $20 million to sign with the promotion. A rematch with Danny Williams and a fight with John Fury has also been offered. Evander Holyfield has even stated he would fight Tyson again after coming out of retirement.
Tyson is looking to return to action and compete in exhibition bouts for charity. He has been showing workout videos displaying his turnaround over the last few weeks.