The rumor mill is churning, and all signs appear to suggest that Mike Tyson is apparently returning to action. The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world first set social media channels ablaze when he posted a short clip of him training, and the 53 year-olds speed and stamina appeared to be just as lethal as it was the last time we saw him in the ring.
While we can assure you that Iron Mike’s return is not some clever promo for The Hangover 4, his actual opponent is still uncertain. For this reason, sportsbooks are currently offering a variety of odds for Tyson’s supposed boxing match against a number of suitors.
Mike Tyson vs. Tyson Fury
Current heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is being touted as one of the most likely opponents for an exhibition bout against the former champion, and some media outlets are even claiming that an agreement has already been made between the two fighters.
“The Gypsy King” opened as a heavy -1300 favorite, with Tyson’s early price tag trending at +1000. While Mike enjoys a challenge, the odds suggest that the age and height difference make Fury the sure victor, leaving many to speculate why Mike would accept a fight that could see him struggle.
Mike Tyson last fought professionally in 2005, and with his best years taking place in the late 80s and early 90s, a dance with today’s best might see him bite off more than he can chew.
With ‘biting’ in mind, another iconic opponent of Tyson’s has also seen his name tossed into the mix of potential opponents – Read on to discover Tyson’s potential opponents.
Tyson vs. Holyfield III
A more evenly matched fight would see Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield reunite for the third time following one of the sport’s most iconic and infamous moments. More fans likely remember Tyson taking a bite out of Holyfield’s ear, more than they recall the fact the now 57-year-old beat him twice.
Evander claims to have resumed training and given that any Tyson fight would likely be unsanctioned by any state athletic commissioner, this pairing makes the most sense if they hope to sell the fight as a charity event.
Tyson is trading as the -286 favorite over the +180 Holyfield, and given that their infamous second bout ended in a disqualification, this matchup would likely garner the most attention and put some closure to one of the sport’s darkest incidents.
Tyson to Fight Bare Knuckle?
The sports world has seen its share of crossover events, most notably Connor McGregor’s move to boxing for a one fight event with Floyd Mayweather. The pause in sports action even saw two of the NFL’s best go head to head on the golf course, as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning traded in their shoulder pads for a set of irons just over a week ago.
The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship made news when they offered Tyson $20 million to headline an event, likely against former UFC star Wanderlei Silva.
Sportsbooks are also high on the shot of Tyson dancing with Tito Ortiz, and surprisingly the oddsmakers are offering the Huntington Beach Bad Boy at only +300. Tyson is still listed at -400 over Ortiz, who despite a recent KO victory over a washed-up Chuck Liddell, has shown little promise in his boxing skills.