Mike Tyson retired from boxing in 2006.
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has revealed he’s preparing to make a comeback. The most feared fighter in boxing history hung up his gloves in 2006 after suffering consecutive defeats journeymen Danny Williams and Kevin McBride.
Tyson made a clean break from the sweet science, removing himself completely from the sport due to his ultra-competitive side.
In recent years, the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ even went as far as limiting his fitness to the bare minimum in order not to ignite a burning desire to return to the ring.
The itch, however, has seemingly taken hold of ‘Iron Mike’, who has resumed training at the ripe old age of 53 in the hope of taking part in some exhibition fights to raise money for charity.
During an Instagram Live broadcast with TI, Tyson said: “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.
“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.”
Striking fear into the hearts of all those who gazed up on him is a feeling Tyson has missed all these years, although he admits he’s afraid of reverting back to his old ways.
During a recent episode of his Hot Boxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast, the Brooklyn native said: “I’m a f***ing student of war.
“I know all the warriors. From Charlemagne to Achilles – the number one warrior of all warriors – and then Alexander and Napoleon, I know them all.
“I read about them all. I studied them all. I know the art of fighting, I know the art of war, that’s all I ever studied.
“That’s why I’m so feared, that’s why they feared me when I was in the ring. I was an annihilator. It’s all I was born for.
“Now those days are gone it’s empty, I’m nothing. I’m working on the art of humbleness.
That’s the reason I’m crying because I’m not that person no more, and I miss him.
“Because sometimes I feel like a b****, because I don’t want that person to come out because if he comes out, hell is coming with him.
“And it’s not funny at all. I sound cool, like I’m a tough guy [but] I hate that guy. I’m scared of him.”