By Mark Elezaj
Mike Tyson has the internet on fire after the release of a video that shows the 53-year-old ex champion’s speed and power while working with boxing trainer Rafael Cordeiro.
The footage went viral and was widely shared, being seen over 8 million times on Twitter alone.
Mike Tyson has the same speed and power as a 21-year-old heavyweight said Cordeiro when speaking to ESPN on Monday.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” Cordeiro said.
“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.”
Cordeiro said the pair have been training for three weeks now in 60-90 minute sessions which include “cardio, mitts, bags.”
He said that he believes Tyson could make a comeback within six months, saying “It’s no joke.”
“I don’t know,” Cordeiro said regarding Tyson’s possible return to the ring, “but what I can tell you is that if he wants to do something in the future, we’ll be ready to do that, 100%.”
Tyson was on an Instagram Live session with rapper T.I. And spoke on his training. “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.
“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.
“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.”
Boxing promoter Brian Amatruda saw the six second video and immediately got on the phone looking to put together a charity boxing event with Tyson and either one of Australia’s footballers-turned-boxers Paul Gallen, Barry Hall, or Sonny Bill Williams.
“I’d hold it at Melbourne Arena where we’d get over 10,000 or even Princes Park where they got 30,000 for Jeff Fenech versus Azumah Nelson,” Amatruda told the Daily Mail.
“He might be 53 years old but he’s still a huge name and any of those blokes Hall, Gallen or Sonny Bill would jump at the chance to get into the ring with him. I’d make it part of a card with a world title fight for Tayla on it. It would be enormous. Not just a fight, it would be an event.
“The first thing I did was contact Max Markson (celebrity agent) and ask him to offer Tyson $1 million. Max brought him to Australia in 2012. He gets on well with him and his wife but the main thing is that he got him a visa to get into the country back then and that’s the key.
“We’d have to wait until the coronavirus shutdowns are over of course so the fight probably wouldn’t be until early next year – as long as we can get the visa. They gave him one in 2012 and he was fine, he’s a quiet family man now. He didn’t cause any trouble then, so why shouldn’t they let him back in?”
Tyson, the youngest heavyweight champion of all time, won 50 of his 58 professional fights before retiring from the sport in 2005 after a stoppage loss to Kevin McBride.
~ The Fighting Voice ~