KEY POINTS

  • Ijaz Ahmed tried to make a Mike Tyson impression after his most recent fight
  • On the heels of a tough win, Ahmed drew more attention by emulating Tyson's "I broke my back" interview
  • "Iron Mike" had revealed the truth behind the epic interview

United Kingdom’s Ijaz Ahmed is looking at a promising professional boxing career.

He is coming off a win over Kaisy Khademi via majority decision last month, taking home the WBO and IBF European super flyweight titles.

After a hard-fought 10-round battle, the 27-year-old talked about his sensational win. But as Ahmed reflects on his performance, he suddenly said “I broke my back,” mimicking Mike Tyson’s epic post-fight interview from 2002.

“I mean at that point, I broke my back,” Ahmed jokingly told BT Sport. “It was a form of spinal. I am only joking.”

On a serious note, the Birmingham native is open for a rematch with Khademi, who entered the bout as undefeated.

Nearly two decades after Tyson’s now-infamous “I broke my back” interview, “The Baddest Man on the Planet” himself lifted the lid on the matter.

Speaking to CompuBox’s Dan Cannobio last year, Tyson revealed that his spine at the time was in bad condition.

“Listen, I have a bad back just through all of the work I put in over the years,” Tyson pointed out Tyson. “The spine in my back has a lot of wear and tear.”

The legendary boxer further explained that he was trying to explain his case during the interview but did a terrible job in delivering it.

“I had to get an operation,” he added. “So I tried to explain my situation but wasn’t eloquent enough to do it the way I wanted it to be explained. “I think it’s very funny. ‘What’s wrong, Mike?’ – Spinal.”

Meanwhile, Tyson is expected to make his return in May for another exhibition match. It has become widely known that the 54-year-old is close to securing a deal with his former heavyweight nemesis Evander Holyfield.

However, recent reports state that the pair is currently having issues with the money they are about to split.

According to Holyfield’s manager Kris Lawrence, Tyson and his representatives had turned down a 25 million dollar offer. Negotiations went downhill from that point.

“We thought this was a done deal but it quickly fell apart when [Mike] Tyson’s people declined all offers,” Lawrence said in a statement last week. “We were negotiating in good faith all along and it appears we just ended up wasting our time.”

Former Heavyweight Champions Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield Former Heavyweight Champions Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield Photo: Getty Images | Al Bello