Ex-heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is reportedly considering making a return to the ring.
The 53-year-old former undisputed heavyweight champion revealed during an Instagram Live session with rapper T.I. that he has started training again in preparation for some charitable exhibition bouts.
“I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week,” Tyson said. “That’s been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts. 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. I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff. Some charity exhibitions, make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected (expletive)s like me.”
Tyson went on to detail his workout routine.
“I do about two hours on cardio, I do the bike and I do the treadmill for an hour. Then I do some light weights – 300, 250 reps,” he said. “Then I start my day with the boxing thing. Then I go in there and hit the mitts for like 30 minutes, 25 minutes. Gotta get in better condition.”
Tyson retired from boxing in 2005 with a career record of 50 wins – including 44 knockouts – and six losses.
But, another retired ex-heavyweight boxing champion, George Foreman is against Tyson attempting a comeback. On Twitter, Foreman responded to a question posed by boxing promoter, Joe Abel, “what do you think about Mike Tyson training to fight in charity shows? I think if he gets back into shape he could probably do some damage in that division what do you think champ?”
Tyson has done enough great things for Boxinb, No more is needed, he is in the Hall of fame. And was a mighty puncher. https://t.co/mhiOJQ7NrT
— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) April 28, 2020
Tyson, who is currently 53 years old, retired from boxing in 2005 with a career record of 50 wins, which included 44 knockouts and six losses.