Mike Tyson may be 54 years of age, but he’s seemingly lost little of the pace and power that made him almost invincible in boxing in the 1980s and 90s.
‘Iron Mike’ will return to the ring on November 28 for the first time in over 15 years, taking on Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition fight.
And judging by recent footage of Tyson almost knocking out his own trainer Rafael Cordeiro, he could take some stopping on the night.
The video shows Tyson targeting the Brazilian, who is wearing pads as part of the drill, with a series of blows, before landing one to the right side of the head.
Cordeiro, himself a three-time Brazilian Muay Thai champion, is no stranger to training the best competitors, having worked with the likes of Lyoto Machida and Wanderlei Silva in the past.
It is perhaps unsurprising then that Jones Jr, who retired in 2018 at the age of 49, has already expressed regrets about accepting the fight with Tyson.
I mean, of course you would regret it, just look at the clip below!
He told Sky Sports earlier in the month: “He’s still Mike Tyson, he’s still one of the strongest, most explosive people who ever touched a boxing ring.
“If anything, I made a mistake going in with him. He’s the bigger guy, he’s the explosive guy.
“He’s going to have all the first-round fireworks, not me. I do have first-round fireworks, but he’s known for more first-round fireworks than anybody to ever touch boxing, other than maybe George Foreman.”
Rules state that the referee will be under instructions to stop the fight if it goes beyond “the boundaries of a competitive sporting exhibition."
But with the duo’s history of ferocious knockouts and ultra-competitive boxing, expect to see them push those boundaries to the limits.
Tyson ended his professional boxing career with a remarkable 44 knockouts from his 50 fights won, with Jones Jr. recording 47 knockouts from 66 total wins.
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