Julio Franco, 61, shows off his old swing in KBO workout video

Julio Franco may play baseball — or at least be in baseball shape — forever.

Just look at the 61-year-old Franco standing in the batter’s box during a workout with the Lotte Giants of the KBO. He’s their hitting coach.

Not the greatest bat speed, but come on, he’s 61 and he still has a professional-looking swing. He’s probably the most game-ready hitting coach in all of ball.

Franco’s last MLB game was in September 2007, not long after he turned a mere 49. His last professional game was just six years ago, for the independent (and now-defunct) Fort Worth Cats. That was in his Age 55 season. Counting affiliated and unaffiliated ball, he has played in 3,595 games in his baseball lifetime, which began in 1978.

With that swing and some time, who’s to say he can’t log a few more games in a return to KBO play? (Yes, return; he played in the league 20 years ago. He’s been everywhere, man.) If the Giants need a DH or pinch hitter, maybe Franco can show, and not just tell, how to handle a left-hander.

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Mike Tyson shows off his hand speed and ripped physique in new video

Mike Tyson shows off his hand speed and ripped physique in new video as he gears up for a return to the ring aged 53… two days after 48-year-old Shannon Briggs claimed he’d agreed a fight with the heavyweight legend

  • Mike Tyson has been training hard ahead of a potential comeback fight this year
  • The 53-year-old legend showed off his speed and power in a new video for Weibo
  • Tyson shadow boxes shirtless and says he there’s a possibility he could return
  • Shannon Briggs has claimed that he has agreed a deal to take on Tyson next
  • The Baddest Man on the Planet had been expected to face Evander Holyfield 

Mike Tyson has given fans another glimpse of his trademark power and speed as he continues to work towards a sensational comeback fight.

The 53-year-old has been training hard ahead of a controversial return to the ring, with a trilogy fight against old foe Evander Holyfield seemingly on the cards.

But after Shannon Briggs claimed that he had agreed to take on Tyson ahead of Holyfield, the Baddest Man on the Planet posted an update to social media.  

Mike Tyson shows off his hand speed in a new video posted to Chinese social media site Weibo

The 53-year-old looked in good shape as he shadow boxed outside wearing just a pair of jeans

Tyson has been training hard ahead of a return to the ring. He hung up his gloves back in 2005

Launching his own page on Chinese microblogging site Weibo with a video, Tyson told fans that: ‘there’s a possibility I might come back’.

Wearing just a pair of jeans and no top, the American then proceeds to shadow box, showing off the speed which once made him the most feared man in boxing.

In the short clip, Tyson throws a series of jabs, hooks and uppercuts, teasing the sort of punches we could see again if a fight with Briggs is made official.

On Tuesday, the 48-year-old claimed that he had spoken directly with Tyson to agree a heavyweight showdown in the near future.

Tyson covers his face in the clip, which was used to launch the legend’s own Weibo channel

The veteran throws a series of upppercuts, demonstrating his trademark hand speed

Tyson continues to tease fans about a comeback and says there’s a ‘possibility’ he could return

He said: ‘I just talked to Mike Tyson, it’s going down, 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.’

He says the fight against Tyson will be an exhibition with the two KO artists going toe-to-toe.

Tyson is yet to comment on a fight with Briggs, but in the video he promises to ‘fight with the spirit of Mao’ – the founding father of the People’s Republic of China – if he does make a return to the ring.

At the end of the clip, the 53-year-old gives his dog a hug and a kiss after having his shadow boxing session interrupted.

Shannon Briggs has announced that he will be the man to face Tyson in his comeback fight

 The former world heavyweight champion was interrupted by his dog at the end of the video

Tyson smiles as he talks to his fans in China ahead of a potential return to the ring this year

Last weekend, Holyfield said his team were in talks with Tyson’s and he was confident over an agreement being reached, though no deal had been struck.

Tyson suffered back-to-back losses to Holyfield and infamously bit off part of his opponent’s ear during their second fight in 1997, leading to him being disqualified. 

Both men have recently posted workout videos showing off their physical prowess and Tyson has wowed fans with his famous power on the pads, though many from the boxing world are discouraging him from lacing his gloves up again over fears of serious injury.




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Mike Tyson shows off incredible power and lightening speed in new training video

Legendary boxer Mike Tyson has announced that he’s ‘back’ with the release of incredible new training footage that shows he’s lost little of the speed or power from his heyday.

The 53-year-old retired 15 years ago but he’s made the most of the lockdown period by getting his gloves back on and training with MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro.

The former Heavyweight Champion plans on returning to the ring for exhibition bouts but there’s been no official announcement about potential opponents nor a time frame on any return.

Nevertheless, any suggestion that Tyson isn’t taking a return seriously have been put to bed with his latest training video.

The Brookyln-born fighter proclaims ‘I’m back’ at the end of the footage.

Speaking to TI on Instagram earlier this month, Tyson detailed his new training regime and said he was in ‘pain’.

‘I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week. That’s been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts,’ said Tyson.

‘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 mits, 30 minutes, 25 minutes, start getting in better condition.‘I’m start to put those combinations together. I’m in pain, I feel like three guys kicked the s*** out of me.’

Though Tyson is aiming for exhibition bouts, there has been some talk of a return to professional boxing.

Frank Warren dismissed that speculation in his Metro.co.uk column this week but Cordeiro says Tyson is open to all avenues.

What I can tell you is that if he wants to do something in the future he’ll be ready for that 100 per cent,’ Cordeiro said in an interview with ESPN.

‘Boxing, for sure, if he wants to come back to boxing, give him six months he could come back and fight against anyone. I’ll put my word to that, it’s not a joke.

‘You guys can see on the mitts, that was the first mitts [session]. Can you imagine after three weeks? The guy is a great student.’

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