'Horrible!' David Haye sends warning to Mike Tyson over boxing comeback

David Haye says it would be ‘horrible’ if Mike Tyson returned to boxing with a bout against a young fighter.

Boxing legend Tyson, who finished an extraordinary career with 50 wins from 58 fights, has started training again and is plotting a return to the ring.

The 53-year-old has been heavily linked with a fight against former rival Evander Holyfield, although the likes of Shannon Briggs and Luis Ortiz have also been raised as potential opponents.

Former British world champion Haye says he has ‘no issues’ with Tyson returning to the sport – providing he fights someone of a similar age.

He told The Sun: ‘I have no issue with Mike Tyson jumping back in the ring, as long as it’s with someone else of a similar age.

‘I don’t mind the Holyfield fight, I don’t mind Riddick Bowe, Herbie Hide, let’s dig out these old guys if they want a little fight for charity.

‘But let’s not do it over 12 three-minute rounds, lets do it over six rounds. They are still the same fighters just not as fast and explosive.

‘You can still say you watched it. As long as they keep it among themselves.

‘I don’t like the thought of a young fighter taking on a fighter who is way past their best.

‘They are so much more receptive to receive an injury.’

Haye, 39, added: ‘I would never like to see someone like Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury fighting a guy in his 50s.

‘It’s just horrible, it wouldn’t be nice. They would get money, but there is potential to get badly hurt.

‘A prime Mike Tyson against anybody, but that Tyson is 30 years away from us.’

This week, current world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua explained why he would never fight ‘legend’ Tyson.

He said: ‘With all due respect I wouldn’t. Even if I fought Iron Mike and beat him, I think I’d be the only one cheering.

‘People would boo. He is a legend. He is the greatest boxer of the modern era.

‘There are only two recognised champions the world knows of, Ali and Mike Tyson — the most recognised faces in the world when it comes to boxing.’

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