Mike Tyson’s coach, famed MMA trained Rafael Cordeiro, has confirmed the boxing legend will return to the ring later this year competing in the recently founded Legends Only League.
Tyson most recently fought Roy Jones Jr. in November last year, with the pair sharing a split decision draw after eight-rounds of action.
Tyson, widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all-time as well as one of the most must-watch athletes of his generation, certainly looked the more polished of the two men.
Immediately after the bout, he expressed his desire to compete again in the not-so-distant future, perhaps against long-time rivals Lennox Lewis or Evander Holyfield.
Cordeiro, who has trained MMA greats including Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva and Rafael dos Anjos, remains Tyson’s head coach after the two worked closely together for Iron Mike’s comeback fight.
The Brazilian coach recently revealed to MMAFighting.com that the pair are planning for a return this year, although an opponent is not yet confirmed.
“We continue training. He’s an athlete and is always training, hitting pads here in the gym. I think we’re going to have something in September.
“I don’t know who because his company Legends Only League is working on it and negotiating a TV deal so they can announce a schedule, but we’re training. We’ll be fighting in September.”
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Tyson’s Legends Only League was founded in July last year, in partnership with production company Eros Innovations. While the promotional company has only staged one event so far, Tyson vs. Jones Jr., the event was an enormous success, doing 1.6m pay-per-view buys and receiving largely positive reviews.
This will perhaps pave the way for even more clashes between retired boxers under the Legends Only League banner in the near future, with the likes of Frank Bruno and Evander Holyfield also reportedly keen on returning to the ring.
Tyson has previously competed against both men twice. Iron Mike knocked out Bruno in both their contests, in the fifth and third rounds respectively, but was famously knocked out by Holyfield in their first clash and disqualified in their rematch for biting.
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