In the last few weeks, there has been much attention on former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson getting back into the swing of things with his training. Tyson has ramped up his workouts that have seen a few of them go viral over social media. That has created a significant buzz around the potential of him getting back into the squared circle more than 15 years after his last professional fight. That chatter has only grown louder after his new trainer Rafael Cordeiro boasted about Tyson‘s physical ability being comparable to a fighter in their early 20s.
Mike Tyson fuels comeback rumors
The 53-year-old has been in the spotlight over the last couple of weeks after video of him training again surfaced over social media.
Tyson has doubled down on the buzz around him as he has voiced that his boxing career may not be over during a recent interview on a Play Together Apart Livestream on Facebook.
“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.”
Although he hasn’t sparred against anybody quite yet, Tyson looks to be getting into great shape. His speed and power at his age are remarkable that has only further fueled the thought that he could realistically be back in the ring if he stays on the same path.
The hype around him continues to build as his new trainer has made some interesting comments about the former WBC and WBA heavyweight champion.
Mike Tyson’s trainer continues to rave about him
During this ramped-up talk around Tyson, Cordeiro has been the person at the center of it working directly with him.
That has given him a first-hand view of what the 53-year-old has shown in his workouts. During a recent interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Cordeiro stated that Tyson is punching with the same power and speed as a fighter in their early 20s. (H/T ESPN)
“I didn’t know what to expect,” trainer Rafael Cordeiro told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on Monday. “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 has primarily worked with mixed martial arts fighters, but he has been blown away by what Tyson has been able to do at his age. There may be some pumping him up a bit more, but his workout videos display some impressive physical ability.
Things could go a lot differently if Tyson were to face a fighter at age, but it’s hard to deny that he surely isn’t a typical ex-fighter in his 50s.
Should the Mike Tyson hype be taken seriously?
Throughout the process, Tyson has held firm that he could get back in the ring for a couple of rounds for charity.
He hasn’t voiced any clarity on precisely the parameters, but it’s quite clear that he’s on the path toward some sort of return to the ring. Tyson’s comments also convey that he may be in a completely different headspace than he was during his fighting days.
That was part of the reason that he stayed away from training as it reminded him of what used to be. However, it appears that Tyson is in a completely different realm mentally, which has further encouraged him to get back into the ring. Only time will tell if this training will lead to him fighting yet again for the first time in well over a decade.