‘I am supporting it 100%’: WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman reveals he is ‘very excited’ about Mike Tyson’s mooted boxing comeback… but insists the 54-year-old’s return will be handled with ‘absolute care’
- Mike Tyson, 54, is rumoured to be planning a boxing comeback this year
- The former world heavyweight champion has been in training during lockdown
- WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has backed ‘icon’ Tyson to return to the sport
- Yet Sulaiman did make the point that his return needs to carry ‘no additional risk’
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WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has backed Mike Tyson’s comeback to boxing, but emphasised that his return would be handled with ‘absolute care’ from a medical standpoint.
The 54-year-old has been training during the coronavirus lockdown, sparking speculation about an exhibition return, with a trilogy fight against Evander Holyfield mooted by both camps.
This week, Tyson made an appearance at an TNT Pro Wrestling event but it is his return to the boxing ring which has left fans, and the WBC president, excited.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman is excited about the prospect of Mike Tyson’s comeback
The 54-year-old has been sharing videos of his intense workouts during the current lockdown
‘I am very excited, very happy,’ Sulaiman told Boxing Social.
‘He has brought great positive attention to the sport. Why? Because Mike Tyson is a hero and an icon.
‘He fell in very difficult times, as many has done, and now it’s boxing that is bringing him back.’
However, though keen for the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world to return, Sulaiman insisted that Tyson’s return would be handled with care, given his 15-year absence from the sport.
The 54-year-old has been out of action for 15 years, having retired from boxing in 2005
‘Of course, it will be with the absolute care of the medicals, of the testing, the complete protocol to make sure whoever is in the ring is in top shape and has no additional risk.
‘I am supporting it 100% and if someone wants to say he wants to fight for the title, I will say he will and the WBC will be there!’
UFC president Dana White insists his old friend Tyson is planning a boxing comeback as rumoured, saying his team have ‘something big’ lined up.
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