Over the last couple of weeks, there has been growing chatter around former heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson making a return to the ring nearly 15 years after his final professional fight. Tyson has further fueled that speculation with videos of himself vigorously training with the possible intent to get back into the ring for another match. With that in mind, UFC president Dana White has quickly come out against that potential scenario.
Mike Tyson hints at boxing comeback
The rumblings around Tyson have continued to grow louder over the last few weeks with that centered on him getting back into the squared circle.
There have been a few video to support that scenario as he has been training to get back into shape. Tyson has even doubled down on the potential comeback as he voiced in an interview last week during
a Play Together Apart Livestream on Facebook that he may not be finished with boxing. (H/T Cassandra Negley of Yahoo Sports)
“It may not be over yet. Anything’s possible. I feel unstoppable now. The gods of war have reawakened me, ignited my ego and want me to go to war again. I feel like I’m [young] again.”
That falls in line with him stating that he would be interested in boxing for three or four rounds for charity. Although it may just be training without an actual opponent to spare against, Tyson does look to still have decent speed and power despite being 53 years old.
It didn’t take long for others such as UFC president Dana White to come out against the possibility of Tyson fighting again.
Dana White pleads with Mike Tyson to not make comeback
Many have quickly come out with much excitement about potentially seeing Tyson in the ring yet again after 15 years.
However, White isn’t one of them as he voiced on the Tim and Sid Serious About Sports podcast that doesn’t want to see his close friend box again. (H/T Boxing Scene)
“I love Mike Tyson,” White said on Tim and Sid. “I’m begging him not to go fight. I said ‘you look awesome, you’re still explosive, you’re obviously still powerful, you’re one of the all-time greats.
“Mike, you’re 53, please don’t do it, please.”
White even he hinted he would step in with an offer of his own to stop the former heavyweight from making a comeback if he needed to.
“Bottom line is I don’t want Mike to fight. If it comes down to where he is about to do something crazy, I might have to jump in and figure out something for him not to do it.”
White is willing to go the extent of doing whatever it takes to stop Tyson from boxing. It’s something that he believes shouldn’t happen, especially with him being so far removed from his fighting days and well into his 50s.
There isn’t any clarity in what exactly Tyson wants to do, but it’s undoubtedly clear that White will play his part in trying to stop that from happening.
Will Mike Tyson fight again?
Throughout this process, it’s quite evident that Tyson is gearing up for a fight associated with a charity.
It’s still too early to clarify what that may look like, but the 53-year-old has intent behind his recent increased focus on training. Tyson isn’t alone in this regard as other prominent legends in the sport such as Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, and James Toney have each stated that they are training to fight again for charity.
There should be a more defined outline about what Tyson is training for in the coming weeks and months.