KEY POINTS

  • Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship prexy puzzled at $20 million snub of Mike Tyson
  • Mike Tyson may not really return to the ring
  • Tyson continues to show off training videos on social media

At 54, there is no question that former boxers like Mike Tyson still have that fire burning inside of them. The former boxing heavyweight champion created quite a stir several months back with his training videos. Such sparked rumors of a potential right return and offers were coming in. One included a $20 million offer from Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.

In a report from RingTV.com, Bare Knuckle Fighting championship founder and president David Feldman revealed they offered the former boxing champion $20 million and more to come out of retirement. However, "Kid Dynamite" thumbed down the offer with no apparent reason given.

"We offered Tyson $20m and some additional benefits, but he turned it down," Feldman said. "We offered Tyson $20m and some additional benefits, but he turned it down," Feldman added.

Tyson's camp has yet to respond to the alleged offer made by Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. However, there were unnamed sources who said that seeing Tyson make a return to the sport in the future was doubtful.

Back in May, Tyson seemed bent on making a ring comeback. Several outlets reached out to the 54-year-old former boxer, most awed by the training video that he posted on social media. Such inspired Feldman to make the $20 million offer where he would face one of the heavyweight fighters on the BKFC roster. It is believed the Tyson would have faced Shannon Briggs.

From there, there were other suggested fights on the table. But a showdown that remains up in the air is the third fight with Evander Holyfield. The last time the two boxers met, the result ended in controversy - better known as "The Bite Fight." If not Holyfield, Riddick Bowe is also interested in another showdown with Iron Mike.

Despite questions on whether Tyson will return to the ring, the former champion continues to show off social media training videos of him in training. If ever one does happen, Tyson reiterates that it will be nothing more than an exhibition fight and that it will be done for charity.

For now, Tyson can train and make the most out of the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced everyone to stay at home. Once everything is in the clear, it remains to be seen if Tyson will push through with plans to get back into the ring.

Mike Tyson A young Mike Tyson inside the ring Photo: Getty Images/Focus On Sport