What Is Dillian Whyte’s Opinion On Mike Tyson’s Return To The Ring?
Using his own experience as an example, interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte has spoken out about Mike Tyson’s desire for a comeback.
In an interview with talkSPORT, Whye (27-1) discussed the recent rise of conversations regarding a Tyson (50-6, 2NC) return for charity. The 53-year-old, who looks in shape and ready to compete, has received offers from multiple entities. WBC Governing Body President Mauricio Sulaiman has praised Tyson’s comeback. The two-time WBC Heavyweight Champion was even offered to be ranked by Sulaiman if he decided to fight heavyweights like Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
Something like this rubs Whyte the wrong way.
“It’s silly. If they can’t sanction a fight with me for three years, why the hell are they going to sanction a fight with a 53-year-old man and a 31-year-old man? It makes no sense. That’s silly. Mauricio are I are cool, but it’s a very silly thing to say. He shouldn’t be encouraging it,” Whyte stated.
“What if he comes back and dies in the ring? What’s going to happen then? We’ve already got enough darkness and enough mud thrown on the sport as it is, we don’t need any more.”
Whyte is referring to the fact that he has been interim WBC Heavyweight Champion since July 2019 and hasn’t been able to get a shot at the title. “The Body Snatcher” was also announced as the number one ranked fighter by the WBC in 2017. This was during the reign of Deontay Wilder, before he lost to Fury in February. He has been tired of waiting until the February 2021 deadline for his time to come, especially if there will be delays due to Wilder’s recent surgery and the coronavirus pandemic.
Tyson recently showed off his new physique in a training video. While he is OK with someone following their dreams, Whyte is not buying this new opportunity, especially when it comes to competing in long bouts against younger and faster opponents.
“It’s all good watching someone do a one-minute clip on Instagram,” Whyte went on to say. “Getting back in the ring and fighting 12 three-minute rounds… don’t get me wrong he’s probably still got the power to chin a lot of guys, but at that age your mind tells you stuff when your eyes see stuff but your body won’t allow you to do it.
“You can think you’ve got it and you’re still this and that and you’re going against these young guys.
Is Dillian Whyte right? Should Mike Tyson just stick to fighting those around his age?