Mike Tyson has been called out by former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, who has challenged the boxing legend to a bizarre bout. Late last month, Tyson revealed he’s gearing up for a sensational return to the ring 14 years after he hung up his gloves.
True to his word, the former undisputed heavyweight champion has been hard at work in the gym; training with legendary mixed martial arts coach Rafael Cordeiro.
‘Iron Mike’ has been keeping combat sports fans apprised of his training on social media, setting chins wagging with his ferocious pad sessions with Cordeiro.
At this moment in time, many are wondering who will welcome ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ back to the ring.
A trilogy fight with Evander Holyfield, whom he lost two twice in the 1990s, has been heavily mooted, especially with ‘The Real Deal’ recently coming out of retirement.
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Tyson is a legend. His poster hung in my room.
Andrei Arlovski on a potential fight with Mike Tyson
Former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs recently declared himself Tyson’s comeback opponent, although there’s no solid suggestion the pair will trade blows.
Keen to lock horns with one of his childhood heroes, Arlovski has thrown his hat into the ring.
‘The Pitbull, however, wants to fight Tyson in a two-rounder, which would consist of one boxing round and mixed martial arts stanza.
“Tyson is a legend,” Arlovski told Sports.ru. “His poster hung in my room. I’m not ready for a full fight by the rules of boxing against him.
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“If one round is boxing and one round is MMA, then it is possible.”
In his prime, Arlovski was regarded by many to have the best hands in the heavyweight division.
And according to the UFC veteran, he was once on course to lock horns with former unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
“There was an idea to hold ten fights and then fight with Klitschko,” the 41-year-old added.
“Then I had health problems. We paused the idea, but if there is any specific proposal, I will consider it.”
Tyson would likely not entertain the prospect of a showdown with Arlovski under the UFC star’s ruleset due to his lack of training in other disciplines.
The 53-year-old, however, is set on competing again, with an exhibition bout for charity top of his wish list.
During an Instagram Live broadcast with TI last month, 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.”
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