Former heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson’s decision to go back to training has met enthusiasm from fans and some fellow fighters after a short video release.
The former world heavyweight champion, who said he could return to the ring in exhibitions to raise money for charity, posted on social media a training video that has more than nine million views.
53-year-old Mike Tyson has released a short video showing that he still has plenty of speed and power as he ponders boxing in exhibition bouts. The video shows Tyson who is the first heavyweight to hold the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles, working the pads with trainer Rafael Cordeiro.
“I’ve been working out, I’ve been trying to get in the ring, I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape,” Tyson said in an Instagram Live session with rapper T.I.
“I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charity and stuff.”
“I do two hours on cardio, I do the bike and the treadmill for an hour, then I do some light weights, 300, 250 reps.”
“Then I start my day with the boxing thing, I go in there and hit the mitts, 30 minutes, 25 minutes, start getting in better condition.”
Cordeiro told ESPN: “He hasn’t hit mitts for almost 10 years, so I didn’t expect to see what I saw. I saw a guy with the same speed, same power as guys 21, 22 years old.”
Mike Tyson retired in 2005 after a loss to Kevin McBride, but more than a decade on, there is already a buzz about his potential return to the ring.
“Can’t believe, this is another level,” UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov said on social media after seeing the video.
However, former heavyweight champion George Foreman said ‘Iron Mike’ had given enough to the sport
“Tyson has done enough great things for boxing. No more is needed. He is in the Hall of Fame and was a mighty puncher,” Foreman told World Boxing News.
Tyson, who became the youngest heavyweight champion of all time when he defeated Trevor Berbick in 1986 aged 20, won 50 of his 58 professional fights before retiring.