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Mike Tyson getting back into shape, willing to fight again for charity

/ 06:30 PM April 25, 2020
Mike Tyson

FILE – Mike Tyson attends the Citi Taste Of Tennis on August 22, 2019 in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images for AYS Sports Marketing/AFP

Mike Tyson is open to doing an exhibition fight for charity.

Tyson, a former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion, hung up his gloves in 2005 after a roller coaster career that saw him become the youngest champion in the division.

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“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,” Tyson said in the expediTIously podcast by rapper T.I. recently as posted on BoxingScene.com.

“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 (expletive) like me.”

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Apart from doing the mitts, the 53-year-old Tyson said he’s also been doing a lot of work on his conditioning.

“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**t out of me.”

Tyson started his career with 37 consecutive wins before losing to Buster Douglas in one of the most stunning upsets in sports history in 1990.

He reclaimed the WBC and WBA titles in 1996 a year after he was released from prison before losing to a comebacking Evander Holyfield the same year.

Holyfield and Tyson met again the following year in a fight where Tyson got disqualified for biting Holyfield’s ears in the third round.

Tyson, who finished his career with 50 wins with 44 knockouts against six losses, last appeared in a world title fight in 2002 against Lennox Lewis, who stopped him in the eighth round.

A year after his retirement in 2005, Tyson figured in a series of exhibition matches against Corey Sanders reportedly as a way to pay off his financial debts.

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