Which Former World Champion Has Challenged Mike Tyson To A Fight?
Ever since Mike Tyson announced his boxing comeback, everyone has been calling him out. Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) is looking to compete in exhibition bouts for charity and is willing to fight anyone willing to provide the right offer. Could a former school companion end up facing Tyson?
Multi-time world champion Riddick Bowe spoke to The Sun about coming out of retirement and challenging Tyson.
“If the fans want to see me fight again, I’m fighting,” Bowe stated. “I want to make fans happy. Equally, I want to be remembered as one who did everything to truly make boxing great. I want to get out there. This is the perfect time, I believe, and I’m very excited to fight again.
“It’s official. Actually, let me put it this way: I am officially back and want to and will fight. Come on Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield…”
Bowe (43-1, 1 NC) turned professional in 1989. After fighting Elijah Tillery twice in 1991, Bowe started making the move towards being a world title contender. He competed in a legendary trilogy bout with Evander Holyfield, beating him via unanimous decision in 1992 to win the WBA, WBC, and IBF Heavyweight Titles. In the rematch, Bowe lost via majority decision for the first loss of his career. He would win the WBO Heavyweight Title against Herbie Hide and would then face Holyfield in a trilogy bout. “Big Daddy” beat Holyfield via TKO in eight rounds in 1995.
After taking a break from boxing following 1996, Bowe returned in 2004 and won two fights against Marcus Rhode and Billy Zumbrun. After declaring bankruptcy, Bowe made one final boxing appearance in 2008, beating Gene Pukall via unanimous decision.
Both Tyson and Bowe went to the same school and grew up in Brooklyn together. Separated by two years, Bowe believes the fight is possible based on their reputations as fighters.
“We started off fairly close being in the same neighborhood, but then went different directions as our boxing developed,” Bowe went on to say. “Of course, we both made it and became the world heavyweight champions. “I am very excited I want to fight Mike now… I will fight him any day of the week – whether it’s an exhibition, or even a pro fight.”
“I will fight Evander Holyfield, or Mike, Klitschko, or even Tyson Fury. I’m open to Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua. My manager has been talking to Eddie Hearn but Eddie has not got back to him. But it’s Mike I really want to fight.”
Since announcing his return, Tyson has received offers from several boxing entities. Evander Holyfield recently came out of retirement and there are rumors the two could fight one another. Danny Williams, Roy Jones Jr., Peter McNeeley, and others have offered to face Tyson. It is unknown as of now when an announcement will be made.
Bowe is waiting to challenge Tyson instead of just offering him a fight. He believes waiting with others who have challenged Tyson is below him. Eventually, a request will be made. Will Tyson accept it?
“I was already planning a comeback,” Bowe stated. “I’ve not reached out to Mike but I am. The reason I haven’t yet is because he’s getting offers from all over and I don’t want this to be just another offer… But I’m sure Mike knows I’m interested in doing a pro fight. I can say now that officially I am going to fight again. I am on a comeback now. That’s for sure.”