KEY POINTS

  • Renowned boxing trainer Robert Garcia said Andy Ruiz and any current heavyweight will beat Mike Tyson in his return
  • Garcia predicted Tyson only has 2 to 3 good rounds
  • Another boxing trainer Henry Ramirez thinks Tyson can't beat any current heavyweight in his return

A renowned boxing trainer predicted that Andy Ruiz Jr. would beat Mike Tyson if they could face each other in his return fight.

Following Tyson’s sudden decision to make a boxing comeback, people started predicting that the new “Iron Mike” can match well with any of the current top-tier heavyweight boxers. However, some trainers are not convinced that the 53-year-old Tyson still got it.

In a recent interview with Elie Seckbach of EsNews, veteran trainer Robert Garcia, older brother of current WBC Diamond welterweight champ Mikey Garcia, was asked to comment about Errol Spence’s return. According to Garcia, nobody can predict if Spence is still the same fighter until he gets back inside the ring with an actual opponent. Garcia then relates Spence’s situation to Tyson’s return. As a trainer, Garcia dismissed the idea that Tyson can beat a prime heavyweight despite being impressive with the mitts.

“I’ve seen Mike Tyson in the mitts and they think he could beat up any world champion right now and it’s not gonna happen. Not at all,” Garcia said.

When asked if heavyweight sensation Ruiz Jr. can beat the resurgent Tyson, Garcia was quick to answer “I think so.” Based on his assessment, Tyson only has “2 to 3 good rounds” against any active fighter and after that, he won’t be able to perform well.

“It would be big but [Andy Ruiz would beat him] I think so. Even Chris Arreola cause they’re young and Mike Tyson probably has 2, 3 good rounds and after that he won’t,” Garcia predicted.

Mike Tyson Pictured: Former boxer Mike Tyson attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aug. 26, 2017. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Prior to Garcia’s prediction about Tyson’s return, California-based trainer Henry Ramirez has already said that the once brutal heavyweight champ might do ok with exhibition but not against a current heavyweight fighter. Ramirez made a detailed prediction about Tyson’s promising comeback claiming Tyson can never be as competitive as he once was after nearly 15 years of not working out.

Mike Tyson was a show of himself 14 years ago. He’s not gonna get better not having done anything for 14 years trust me. Can Mike Tyson still look good on the mitts? Absolutely! Can he still have power? Absolutely! But to put the grind and to get ready for a fight in 8 to 10 week camp, I just don’t see a guy who can do that after 14 years of just relaxing and just enjoying life,” Ramirez pointed out.

Regardless of what trainers foresee about Tyson’s return, people are still thrilled about it. Things got even more interesting as Tyson’s former rival Evander Holyfield has also decided to announce his return.