The 53-year-old, who looked the best in years, has shown that he still has much of the speed and explosive power that made him the youngest heavyweight champion in the world. history of boxing.
Anthony Joshua, who currently holds the heavyweight titles WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO, said that Iron Mike was his idol growing up and that he would love his return to the sport.
“Do you know what it was with Mike, when I watched it on YouTube, I see a little boy who was 13 years old and I really believe – no matter what anyone has to say about Mike Tyson now in terms of what he went through when he was fighting, part of the controversy he went through – the guy got out of his neighborhood, which was not the prettiest of scenes, until a champion amateur, to the youngest world champion, to one of the most recognized faces in sport. “
“Working for health and well-being”
Recent reports have suggested that Tyson may return to the ring in a series of exhibition fights in Australia, while Evander Holyfield – who sadly got bitten on an ear piece in a fight with Tyson – has admitted that ‘it would be open to revenge.
Max Markson, who works with main Australian boxing promoter Brian Amatruda, told CNN they hope to bring Tyson to Australia in 2020 or 2021 to fight big names such as All Black star Sonny Bill Williams.
However, Rob Hickman, CEO of Tyson Ranch, a Tyson licensing and branding company, said the former heavyweight world champion was looking to fight in the United States instead.
“Mike wants to play exhibition games in the United States for the homeless and addicted in America,” he told CNN. “Mike works for his own health and well-being.”
It’s been 15 years since Tyson last fought professionally, a sad loss for Kevin McBride, but Joshua insists that the American will see his time away from the sport only as an extended absence.
“It’s what we breathe, it’s what we are, and most importantly someone like Iron Mike Tyson, it’s all that man knows,” said Joshua. “So for everyone, it’s a comeback but for him, it’s just what he does, he’s a fighter.
“So he probably just had a little break but for everyone it’s:” Oh my God, Mike Tyson is making a comeback “but for Mike Tyson it’s like:” This is what I do, I am a fighter by nature. “
“In my opinion, the only two faces that are recognized in boxing in the world are Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. These are the main faces of this sport. So from where it started to where it is now, it is my ultimate motivation.
“The reason I say that is because he is the closest guy to my generation, so he holds a special place in my heart.”