The rumor mill is a-grind; Mike Tyson is coming back to the ring, to fight.
And he will be fighting Hall of Famer to be James Toney, the former middleweight and light heavyweight ace who has campaigned for the last decade plus as a heavyweight.
Sounded like pure hokum to me, when I saw the issue being discussed in an Elie Seckbach video. The videographer asked boxer Gabe Rosado about the rumor, and queried two other guys in a gym parking lot. Tyson-Toney is 90 percent done, we heard in the Q n A.
I reached out to a close Tyson source, asked about the rumor, expected to be told it was pure hoo-hah.
“Mike is filming a movie,” I was told.
And the rumor of a comeback, of Mike fighting for the first time since he was stopped by Kevin McBride in 2005…nonsense, right?
“Mike is filming a movie,” was the response.
And I followed up. Wait….is the door NOT closed? The source really wasn't attuned to the wildfire nature of the rumor and when apprised, reacted with more fervor. “Yes, the door is shut for a boxing comeback for Mike. That was a ridiculous rumor. His camp is spreading false rumors.”
For the record, Tyson turns 49 June 30. He has a 50-6 record, and was stopped out, by Danny Williams and then McBride, in his final two tangles. Lennox Lewis stopped him in 2002, he got a win over Cliff Etienne, and then finished, er, continued, with the back to back losses. Toney turns 47 in August. He last licensed up and fought in November 2013, losing a decision in England to 23-15 Jason Gavern.
To be clear, there would be immense curiousity in a Tyson comeback. Scorn, doubt…and interest. Money would be made, pay-per-view buys would be achieved. How many, who could say. But he's remained relevant, with documentaries, and a stage show, and a book, in the last few years. His name recognition is high, and with “elderly” boxers like Wladimir Klitschko and Bernard Hopkins still able to be more than a shell of their greatest selves nearing and beyond 40 and 50, the Tyson comeback could be sold to some masses.
Readers, what say you…if he had an itch, and wanted to scratch it, would you watch?
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