Boxing news: Mike Tyson announcement, Tyson Fury’s Anthony Joshua warning, BJS on Canelo

Boxing news – Mike Tyson gives update on comeback fight

Former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has revealed he expects to finalise his comeback fight by the end of the week.

“Na, na we got many guys,” he said. “Listen we’ve got so many guys that want to do this man.

“We’re in calls, we’re doing business with guys right now.

“You’re not going to believe the names when the names come out. Sometime this week we’ll have the contract done.

“And whatever money we get, it’s going to somebody else.

“I’m not going to make any money, probably the company, my wife because she’s partners with me, she’ll make some probably. But my money is going.”

Boxing news – Tyson Fury issues Anthony Joshua fight warning

Sometime this week we’ll have the contract done

Mike Tyson on his comeback fight

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has insisted Deontay Wilder can still throw a spanner into the works of his proposed unification fight with Anthony Joshua.

“What happens if I get sparked out by Wilder in the rematch?” Fury asked during an interview with Sky Sports.

“If lockdown finishes and we get a vaccine and the world gets back to normal I can see two fights with Joshua next year.

“Assuming I get past Wilder, which is not a given.”

Boxing news – Billy Joe Saunders discusses Canelo fight

WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders is adamant he has the tools to dethrone unified middleweight king Canelo Alvarez.

“I believe I have the tools to beat him,” Saunders said during an appearance on Talk the Talk with Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew.

“He is an exceptionally great fighter one of the best, but to be the best you have to beat these types of people. He is the cash cow, the big man, everybody in boxing knows him. He is the man I would love to beat.”

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Mike Tyson strips off to stop ‘Jake the Snake’ at AEW ahead of comeback

Mike Tyson has proved he still has the fear factor by making his presence known at All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

The former boxing heavyweight champion was present to award the new TNT Championship belt to tonight's champion.

He was ringside as the contest between Cody Rhodes and Lance Archer was in progress.

But fellow wrestler Jake 'The Snake' Roberts tried to make his presence felt and bought with him a sack that notoriously has a snake inside.

Tyson wasn't about to let him interfere however and stopped him in his tracks.

Iron Mike ripped his t-shirt off and Roberts quickly retreated.

Tyson's physique has been a talking point recently after he posted several videos of himself training.

The 53-year-old is preparing to return to the ring for an exhibition fight and has said he feels in great shape.

He told Lil Wayne on his Young Money Radio show: “I’m feeling better than I’ve ever felt in my life. God has been merciful to me man. I’m gonna get on with it, I’m looking good. Yo Wayne, I’m 230 [pounds] right now!

“Man I’m just getting ready you know, I’m just getting ready to help some people out who are less fortunate than me. I’m gonna do this charity event.


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Mike Tyson looks in great shape as he vows to fight in spirit of Chinese leader

Mike Tyson wowed fans with his toned torso and lightning hand speed, before vowing to return to boxing with the spirit of former Chinese leader Chairman Mao Zedong on his side.

There 53-year-old has spent the past few weeks fuelling speculation he is set to make a comeback by posting a host of videos on his social media accounts showing him in training.

Despite having not fought since 2005, the former world champion still appears in good shape and his hand speed remains as ferocious as ever.

And both of those attributes where present for all to see in a clip Tyson shared on Wednesday to help promote his account on Weibo, the Chinese social media platform.

And it seems the 53-year-old is keen to build a fanbase in the country as he claimed he would channel Mao's spirit if he were to return to the ring.

"I want to let you know of the possibility that I might come back and that if I do, I will fight with the spirit of Mao," Tyson told the camera before flexing his biceps and launching into a flurry of punches.

The video is only likely to increase the speculation that the former unified heavyweight king will soon bring an end to his 15-year hiatus from boxing.

And it appears one of the American's first match-ups upon his return could be against a foe he knows so well who is also looking to make his own comeback.

Following Tyson's many clips showing his return, fellow former world champion Evander Holyfield also shared footage of himself back in the gym.

The pair famously fought twice in the 1990s, with Holyfield emerging victorious on both occasions at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The second bout became shrouded in controversy after Tyson was disqualified for biting his rival's ear and it looks like the American pair could meet again in a trilogy fight should they both return to boxing.

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Mike Tyson urged to fight Evander Holyfield instead of Shannon Briggs as return draws near

Mike Tyson should swerve a bout with Shannon Briggs and purse a trilogy fight with Evander Holyfield, former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye believes. In late April, 53-year-old Tyson revealed he’d resumed training with the hope of setting foot inside the squared circle again.

‘Iron Mike’ has continued to tease a sensational comeback on his social media, releasing videos of him ferociously hitting pads with renowned mixed martial arts coach Rafael Cordeiro.

Ever since Tyson – who retired from boxing in 2006 after consecutive losses to Danny Williams and Kevin McBridge – declared himself “back”, fight fans have been wondering who will welcome the former undisputed heavyweight champion back to the ring.

Earlier this week, former IBU heavyweight champion Briggs claimed he’d agreed to fight Tyson in a charity match after a positive conversation.

That prospect of Tyson facing Briggs, who last competed four years ago, doesn’t sit well with Haye, who would like to see the legend lock horns with a fighter close to his age.

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I’d like to see him against Holyfield or someone else who’s his own age. Someone who is older.

David Haye on Mike Tyson potentially facing Shannon Briggs

And the ‘Hayemaker’ reckons no bout makes more sense for ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ than a trilogy fight with Holyfield.

Speaking ahead of Gousto’s Table for 1 Million virtual dinner, Haye told Express Sport: “I wouldn’t really like it; I wouldn’t really be interested in seeing him fight Shannon Briggs.

“I’d like to see him against Holyfield or someone else who’s his own age. Someone who is older.”

Haye’s reluctance to see Tyson take on Briggs stems from the fact the former has been out of the ring a decade longer than the latter.

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He added: “I think the fact that Shannon Briggs has been boxing recently; I’d prefer him to fight another older fighter.”

Unlike some boxing fans, Haye has no desire to see Tyson test himself against any active heavyweights.

“If he fought someone like George Foreman, who’s even older than he is, or someone like that, that’s one thing,” he said. “But fighting fighters who currently active fighters, I wouldn’t want to see.

“We saw what happened when Tyson fought Kevin McBridge 17 years ago (16 years ago) or when he fought Danny Williams, which was even longer than that ago. 

“I really wouldn’t want to see him fight somebody who wouldn’t be good enough to be his sparring partner in his day beat him. I wouldn’t want to see that. I wouldn’t mind seeing him getting in there against another guy in the twilight of his life. It gives them a reason to stay healthy.”

The notion of Tyson fighting again, even in an exhibition bout, has irked many, with several adamant he has no business being in the ring at his age.

Haye is well and truly on the opposite side of the fence when it comes to the Hall of Famer and will happily part his with hard-earned cash to watch the former undisputed champion take to the ring again. 

“I like it,” Haye said of Tyson’s seemingly imminent return. “I’d tune in” I’d pay money to sit ringside and watch Mike Tyson.

“I watched him when he fought Lou Savarese, I watched him when fought Julius Francis. I’ve seen the Mike Tyson show when he’s been in town and it’s a circus. It really is. 

“There’s no other event like a Mike Tyson event. He’s an all-time great for a reason.”

Gousto’s Table for 1 Million virtual dinner with David Haye, Nick Grimshaw, Paloma Faith and Katherine Ryan takes place on Friday, May 22nd at 8pm BST.

To join in, book your seat at Gousto’s Table for 1 Million virtual dinner party with your friends and family, and download four official Gousto recipes, visit www.tablefor1million.com  @goustocooking #Tablefor1Million.

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Mike Tyson comeback fight ‘announced’ by opponent amid Evander Holyfield trilogy talk

Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs has announced he’ll welcome Mike Tyson back to the ring. Late last month, ‘Iron Mike’ revealed he’d resumed boxing training in hopes of making a return to the squared circle.

‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’  released snippets of his training – which has been overseen by legendary mixed martial arts coach Rafael Cordeiro – on his social media accounts.

Even at the ripe old age of 53, Tyson has shown he still has decent speed and carries the ferocious power that made him arguably the most feared fighter in the history of the sport.

At the end of his most recent clip, he proclaimed: “I’m back.”

Ever since Tyson first revealed his interest in lacing up his gloves again, fight fans have been wondering whom he’ll meet in his comeback bout.

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It’s official, you’re going to see it happen, Brownsville versus Brownsville.

Shannon Briggs on Instagram

A trilogy fight with Evander Holyfield, whom he lost twice to, has been heavily mooted.

But according to Briggs, he’ll be the one to lock horns with the former undisputed heavyweight champion.

“I just talked to Mike Tyson, it’s going down, me and Mike; we’re going to make it happen,” Briggs said on Instagram. “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 do the talking.”

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Briggs, 48, revealed earlier this month that a deal for him to box Tyson in a charity match was in the works.

During an appearance on Sirius XM, he said: “The money is there, the money is almost there, I can’t say much more, I’ll leave it at that.

This is for charity, this is an exhibition, I want people to understand. We all know it’s an exhibition and then we will see what’s left in the tank. It’s for charity, it will be fun, but this is Mike Tyson we are talking about.”

Although he expects their bout to be an exhibition, ‘The Cannon’ is bracing himself to receive some punishment.

“He naturally hits hard, so he might hit me and he might break my rib,” Briggs said of Tyson. “We have to be fully prepared.”

Tyson retired from boxing in 2006 after suffering back-to-back losses to journeymen Danny Williams and Kevin McBride.

He steered clear of any type of training for several years to avoid reigniting ego and getting the itch the compete again, which seems to have overcome him.

“I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week,” he said in April during an Instagram Live broadcast with TI. “That’s been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts.

“I’ve been working out, I’ve been trying to get in the ring, I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape. I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff.

“Some charity exhibitions, make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected motherf****** like me. I do two hours on cardio, I do the bike and the treadmill for an hour, then I do some light weights, 300, 250 reps.

“Then I start my day with the boxing thing, I go in there and hit the mitts, 30 minutes, 25 minutes, start getting in better condition.

“I’m starting to put those combinations together. I’m in pain, I feel like three guys kicked the s*** out of me.”

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Mike Tyson offered $1m to fight rugby legend Sonny Bill Williams

Mike Tyson could be tempted back into the ring by a fight with rugby legend Sonny Bill Williams.

Former heavyweight world champion Tyson is training for a boxing return at the age of 53.

He intends to compete in exhibition bouts, 15 years after he retired following a defeat by Kevin McBride.

Tyson has recruited mixed martial arts trainer Rafael Cordeiro to be his new coach – and the footage they have released shows the American has lost little of his power.

And now Australian boxing promoter Brian Amatruda has claimed he wants to set up a fight between Tyon and Williams who amassed a 7-0 record over six years as a professional.

Williams currently plays rugby league for the Toronto Wolfpack in Super League, but Amatruda said: “The first thing I did was contact [celebrity agent] Max Markson and ask him to offer Tyson $1m.

“Max brought him to Australia in 2012. He gets on well with him and his wife but the main thing is that he got him a visa to get into the country back then and that’s the key.

"I’d hold it at Melbourne Arena where we’d get over 10,000 or even Princes Park where they got 30,000 for Jeff Fenech versus Azumah Nelson.

"He might be 53 years old but he’s still a huge name and any of those blokes, [Barry] Hall, [Paul] Gallen or Sonny Bill would jump at the chance to get into the ring with him.

"I’d make it part of a card with a world title fight for Tayla [Harris] on it. It would be enormous. Not just a fight, it would be an event."

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Mike Tyson explains how he would beat Tyson Fury in fantasy fight

Mike Tyson believes an aggressive approach would pay dividends against Tyson Fury.

Heavyweight world champion Fury has yet to taste defeat as a professional.

The closest he came was in his first meeting with Deontay Wilder when the American twice dumped him on the canvas.

But Fury rose on both occasions to hear the final bell only to be denied victory by the judges.

The Brit then stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their rematch earlier this year when he took the fight to the champion.

And Tyson believes Fury's opponents must use his tactics against him.

Against someone of Tyson Fury’s size, you’ve got to be aggressive, move your head and be elusive because if you stand still against a man that size, you’re an easy target," he told Ring Magazine.

"You need to attack, use angles and stay away from his punching distance. You need to be close, but you can’t stay at a distance that allows the bigger fighter to get off.

"A lot of people don’t understand that size and style isn’t the most important thing in the ring; it’s the morale of a fighter that leads to victory.

"His determination, his will to win, his desire is what makes him a champion.

"But at my best, I thought I was the greatest fighter from Achilles, through the Art of War, since the beginning of God, since the beginning of time – I was invincible.

"And if there are other fighters out there that don’t think that way, then they have a problem."

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Mike Tyson reveals stance on Anthony Joshua’s prediction for Muhammed Ali fight

Mike Tyson has dismissed Anthony Joshua’s claim that he’d beat Muhammed Ali in a fantasy heavyweight fight. Joshua was asked to give his prediction for a showdown between the heavyweight legends during a recent Instagram live broadcast.

The unified heavyweight champion responded by saying: “It’s quite interesting because in the era of Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight reign, the heavyweights were ranked as the cruiserweights of the Mike Tyson era.

“With Lennox Lewis, you know how they started getting bigger, hence why in the amateurs they then created a super-heavyweight division.

“The current heavyweight division in the amateurs is what we class as the cruiserweight division.

“So Muhammad Ali wouldn’t have been a fully-fledged heavyweight.

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Mike Tyson on Anthony Joshua’s claim he’d beat Muhammed Ali in a fantasy fight

“So let’s say we bulked Muhammad Ali up and put size and strength to him, I truly believe Mike Tyson would’ve won.

“The reason being when you watch the fight with Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, you see a certain Tyson-esque to Frazier’s style.

“Tyson used to study that Joe Frazier. The moving, the hooks. He managed to put Ali down in the fight, it was a very tough fight for Ali.

“And I just believe Mike Tyson was better schooled, times have evolved, Mike Tyson was more developed. More science, more information.

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“So I think that Mike Tyson would’ve won, in my humble opinion.”

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson, however, disagrees with Joshua’s assessment of a hypothetical showdown with ‘The Greatest’.

During an interview with Yahoo Sports, ‘Iron Mike’ said: “I know it’s a fantasy game.

“Most likely I would win the fantasy, I wouldn’t win the real fight.

“Ali’s the greatest there’s ever been.”

Joshua, 30, was meant to be back in action on June 20 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where he was slated to defend his unified titles against Bulgaria’ Kubrat Pulev.

The pair’s meeting, however, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has wreaked havoc with the sporting calendar.

July 25 is the tentative new date for the bout, which promoter Eddie Hearn admits could be delayed even further.

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Mike Tyson regrets owning big cats after release of Tiger King

Mike Tyson has admitted he regrets owning big cats following the release of Netflix hit Tiger King.

The seven-part show documents the private big cat industry in America and features the ongoing feud between Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin.

At the height of his fame, former heavyweight world champion Tyson owned three Bengal tigers named Kenya, Storm and Boris.

But he has now admitted he was wrong to keep them as pets.

"I was foolish," he said. "There's no way you can domesticate these cats 100 per cent, no way that's going to happen.

"They'll kill you by accident, especially when you're playing rough with them and you're punching them back. They get hyped up, hit you back and you're dead.

"I used to sleep with them. I'm just happy I educated myself, it was late but I was doing the wrong s***. I shouldn't have had them in my house, believing they were domesticated – I was wrong."

Tyson bought Kenya while he was jailed for rape, spending $72,000 on the 550lb animal.

He kept her for 16 years but was forced to sell the tiger when she ripped a woman's arm off.

"The tiger didn't know the lady, so it was a bad accident," added Tyson. "They tried to [sue me] until they found out she tried to jump over the fence.

"When I saw what the tiger did to her hand, I had a lot of money back then, so I gave her $250,000.

"You couldn’t believe what they can do to a person’s flesh. I had no idea. They are incredibly quick for being up to 600lb. They kill you in like three seconds with one swing."

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