In two words and an edited video, Mike Tyson has shown he may truly be ready to return to the ring.
Tyson (50-6, 2NC) announced his boxing return last week, with the idea being he would compete in exhibition bouts for charity. He only showed a small clip of his training, which caught the eyes of many. The 53-year-old decided today would be a good time to remind people of who he was before retiring. “Iron” Mike posted a video on Instagram of him hitting the pads, this time with extreme intensity.
Making his professional boxing debut in 1985 at the age of 18, Tyson quickly showed why he was one to be feared. He became the youngest world heavyweight champion of all time at 20 when he knocked out Trevor Berbick for the WBC Heavyweight Title. A lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson’s last fight was in 2005, losing to Kevin McBride.
With 44 wins via knockout, the Tyson in the video appears to look like someone who can take any opponent out. He has since been offered $1 million to fight Australian football and rugby stars and $20 million to sign with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. 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 for charity. The “I’m Back” line was also used by Holyfield when he announced his intentions to return to the ring.
One of the most feared boxers of the 1980s and 90s, Tyson appears to be all in when it comes to his comeback.