What Is It Like To Train Mike Tyson?
If you’ve ever wondered what’s it’s like to be called upon to train Mike Tyson, Rafael Cordeiro can fill you in.
Tyson is preparing for an exhibition boxing match with fellow boxing icon Roy Jones Jr. “Iron” Mike and Jones are expected to clash on November 28. This will be an eight-round exhibition bout. There will be no judges and if a fighter is cut the bout will be stopped.
Rafael Cordeiro is a renowned MMA trainer. He has helped the likes of Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida prepare for championship fights. He was called upon by Tyson to help train him once he was getting his itch to compete again.
Speaking to MMAJunkie.com, Cordeiro dove into what it’s like to train Tyson.
“I was there and then he came like ‘Let’s do it,’ and I wrapped his hands and it was great to see the pure techniques,” Cordeiro said. “Everything you’ve seen on TV, I have an opportunity to see in front of me and it was great to see one of the best of all time in front of me show his skills, and I learned a lot.”
Cordeiro went on to say that during his time with Tyson, he’s the one who has learned the most.
“We worked together for five months, and I can tell all the time that I went there, I learned more than I taught because this guy is the history of the fight. When he talks about fights, he talks with feelings. … He lives for fights.”
Tyson hasn’t been inside the boxing ring since 2006. He took on Corey Sanders in an exhibition bout. There were no judges so a winner wasn’t determined. His last pro bout took place on June 11, 2005. He was stopped by Kevin McBride after not making it out for the seventh round.