The last few weeks have been centered on talks around former heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson potentially making a return to the ring 15 years after his last professional fight. Tyson has continued to stay on the track of providing more credence to the belief that he will be back in the squared circle at some point soon. There may not be another reason to believe that it comes to fruition against another former heavyweight champion that isn’t Evander Holyfield.
Mike Tyson fueling comeback chatter
There have been some incredible building buzz around Tyson as he has made headlines with his recent workout videos with his new trainer Rafael Cordeiro.
The 53-year-old displayed tremendous speed and power in the few videos that have surfaced, which brought forth chatter that he could be making his way back to the ring. Tyson has further fueled that discussion by stating that he may not be done with boxing.
In years past, Tyson used to voice that he didn’t want to get back to training as it brought out a side of him that he didn’t like. However, he appears to be in a different headspace with it that has led to him to want to venture the route of fighting a few rounds for charity.
That may have gone a step further as he might have an opponent lined up for the potential comeback fight, and it’s not who many believed it would be.
Shannon Briggs says he will fight Mike Tyson
Around the same time that Tyson’s comeback chatter began to crop up, so did that discussion around Evander Holyfield.
That led to the talk being around a possible third fight between the two to complete the trilogy. However, it appears that Tyson may have another opponent lined up as former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs voiced that he has an agreement with him to fight. (Evening Standard)
“I just talked to Mike Tyson, It’s going down,” Briggs said: “Me and Mike, we’re going to make it happen, it’s official – you’re going to see it happen, Brownsville versus Brownsville.
“Me and Tyson are going to lace up the gloves, we’re going to rumble, rumble in the jungle. We’re going to let our fist do the talking.”
“The money is there, the money is almost there, I can’t say much more, I’ll leave it at that,” he added. “This is for charity, this is [an] exhibition. I want people to understand.”
Briggs has yet to officially retire and last fought in 2016 as he has a current nine-fight winning streak. The 48-year-old has remained around the sport over the last four years, and the opportunity to take one of his childhood inspirations was one that he jumped at the chance.
There isn’t anything official as of yet as there could be many other details that need to be sorted out first. There isn’t any clarity as far as what the fight would look like, where it would take place, or even what charity the proceeds would go directed to help. Until then, it’s hard to commit to this being the case entirely.
Mike Tyson’s connection to Shannon Briggs
There is more to it than meets the eye with Briggs as he has a childhood connection to Tyson.
He grew up in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, where Tyson was born and raised as he went into boxing. Briggs met up with the former heavyweight champion several years ago to tell him that he saw him in 1983 when he was 12 years old.
He voiced that it was a day that changed his life and helped him pursue a career in boxing that he began at age 17. There is a personal connection with these two fighters that goes deep to their upbringing in the same part of Brooklyn.
If things are to head down the path of these two boxers getting back in the ring, there’s no doubt that their childhood connection will be a factor in the build-up of the event.