For the past few weeks, boxing great Mike Tyson has taken to Instagram to show off his more than impressive fitness regime. At age 53, Tyson is in better shape than he has been in years, working out with MMA trainer Rafael Cordeiro. Fans had suspected Tyson might be planning a comeback after Cordeiro boasted about the former WBC and WBA heavyweight champion’s current strength.
“The power is on a different level,” he told H/T Rt.com. “I’ve trained a lot of heavyweights in my career. When you talk about his power…his right hook I can feel it, you can tell, it could kill somebody.” Now it appears, that comeback may be one step closer and even more astonishingly, it could come against one of his most fierce rivals.
Former champion and old foe Evander Holyfield has confirmed that he is in talks with Mike Tyson’s camp to come out of retirement for a charity match. The 57-year-old has previously fought Tyson twice, the first he won convincingly, the second ended in a disqualification and suspension for Tyson and permanently disfigured ear for Holyfield.
In an interview with The 3 Point Conversation, Holyfield revealed that the comeback is definitely a possibility. “His people have been talking to my people, and we haven’t yet got a solid deal together, but it’s coming that way. If it happens, then that’s no problem,” he said in the interview.
Holyfield went on to explain that he had upped his own training in recent years to reclaim his former fitness levels. When fans started to notice the pair were back in fighting shape, the rumours started to fly, prompting the conversation. “Well, the thing is, he was doing something, and I was doing something,” he said. “When I told people about it, they saw me working out and they kind of put two and two together. They must be coming together to do this like this. But the fact of the matter is, I didn’t mind if we do something like this.”
According to reports, Holyfield is keen to see the fight go ahead to prove that both he and Tyson have what it takes to go the distance, while also raising money for charity. The deal has yet to be reached and the fight at the stage is purely optimistic, but it may only be a matter of months before we see Iron Mike and The Real Deal back in the ring.
Check out the interview below.