Mike Tyson ‘offered £16m by brutal Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship’ as comeback offers pour in for boxing legend after video emerged of his ferocious power and speed in training
- Mike Tyson has been offered a fight by the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship
- The boxing legend has been linked to a comeback after showing he’s still got it
- Footage emerged of Tyson’s ferocious power and speed in training last week
- The brutal Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship would let him pick an opponent
Mike Tyson has been offered a staggering $20million (£16m) to have a fight with the brutal Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship promotion, according to reports.
Video emerged of Tyson working out on the pads last week and just a glimpse of the Brooklyn-born star’s blistering speed and power has given fans hope that a return is still a possibility.
The former heavyweight champion showed exactly why he knocked out 44 of his rivals during a glittering 20-year career, smashing trainer Rafael Cordeiro’s pads with a series of devastating blows.
Mike Tyson has been offered £16m for a fight in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship
The promotion’s Twitter account looked to be in awe of the footage of Tyson on the pads
A bare-knuckle boxing match is brutal but fights only last for 10 minutes, ideal for Tyson
And, according to American news site Heavy.com, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship president David Feldman has now made an offer to Tyson to fight with the promotion.
The deal also includes an option for Tyson to choose his opponent from a list of fighters already signed to the promotion.
‘While we did make a guaranteed offer of $20m for Mike [Tyson] to fight for BKFC, we’re open to many different options as to how we can work together,’ Feldman said.
‘Obviously, the excitement of seeing Mike’s video showing himself training and desire to participate in exhibitions inspired us to reach out and make the offer.’
Those concerned whether Tyson would be able to go the distance if he made a return to the ring will be pleased to hear a bare-knuckle boxing match only lasts 10 minutes.
The boxing icon has recently been training to get into shape ahead of a potential comeback
Tyson could fight former New Zealand rugby union star Sonny Bill Williams in a charity bout
It comes after Tyson was also reportedly given the opportunity to fight former New Zealand rugby union star Sonny Bill Williams.
Tyson would only consider a return to the ring to compete in charity fights and, after wowing fans with his sparring video video, Melbourne boxing promoter Brian Amatruda immediately got on the phone to propose a fight.
The 53-year-old could either face Williams, former rugby league star Paul Gallen or retired Australian rules footballer Barry Hall.
Amatruda is confident he could arrange a charity bout for Tyson in Melbourne that would fill any of the city’s biggest arenas.
The promoter said: ‘I’d hold it at Melbourne Arena where we’d get over 10,000 or even Princes Park where they got 30,000 for Jeff Fenech versus Azumah Nelson.
‘He might be 53 years old but he’s still a huge name and any of those blokes – Hall, Gallen or Sonny Bill – would jump at the chance to get into the ring with him.
‘I’d make it part of a card with a world title fight for Tayla (Harris) on it. It would be enormous. Not just a fight, it would be an event.’
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