• Michael Jai White is open to fighting Mike Tyson
  • White also wants to share the ring with Evander Holyfield
  • The 53-year-old points out that sparring and fighting are relatively the same

Following his successful boxing comeback against Roy Jones Jr., Mike Tyson may have found his next opponent.

In a recent exclusive interview with VladTV, mixed martial artist and Hollywood action star Michael Jai White verbally agreed to fight Tyson for free.

Even more interesting, the actor who portrayed the boxer in the 1995 movie “Tyson” is confident he would win.

“Of course. To box Mike Tyson, I would love that,” White replied when asked if he would want to box Tyson. “Are you kidding me? Why would I not do something like that.”

“Of course, I think I would win,” he responded when pinned down about the outcome of the fight. “If [Tyson] he whooped my a--, I would [just] laugh at the whole scenario.”

Elaborating on why he would want to do it for free, the 53-year-old insists that martial arts has been his passion as he has been seen sparring with an array of professional fighters.

For White, to be able to share the ring with a legendary pugilist like Tyson is an accomplishment.

He also teased that an exhibition bout with Tyson could happen as soon as possible.

“Of course, I’ll do it for free,” White emphasized. “That’s my point man. It’s not about somebody else’s entertainment. That’s why I don’t post this stuff [sparring sessions] with Jon Jones or me and a lot of fighters. I don’t post that stuff. This is something that can happen next week.”

To further attest his desire to fight Tyson, the “Undisputed” movie franchise star also revealed that he used to visit Evander Holyfield’s training camps and gym in the hopes to get a shot at “The Real Deal.”

“I’m a nerd with this,” he pointed out. “So to box with Mike Tyson and have a chance to do that? I mean I was like going to Holyfield’s [gym] to hopefully box with him. That’s like one of those things you look forward to. I’ve done this my entire life.”

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Mike Tyson admitted this weekend that he's lied about his recent sobriety. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Over the years, White has widened his connections with prizefighters. For the Brooklyn native, a chance to spar with a great fighter is a chance to learn something new, citing a stalled sparring session with retired boxer James Toney as an example.

“James [Toney] thought there was a set-up,” the veteran actor recalled. “Like I was like ‘I promise you I won’t kick you.’ But my thing is I was looking forward because James Toney is one of the slickest heavyweights inside. He’s one of the slickest inside fighters I’ve ever seen. And I knew I was gonna get things from him.”

“You’re fighting when you’re sparring,” he added. “Think about this for a second. Everybody who fights, spars first, some people spar at a fighting level, some people spar at more of a control level, it’s a gentlemen’s agreement.”