KEY POINTS

  • Mike Tyson's new challenger and his trainer want a real fight and not just an exhibition
  • CES Boxing's Jimmy Burchfield offered Tyson a deal which includes a real fight and charity donations
  • The trainer of Tyson's new challenger wants to know if he has still got it

Mike Tyson’s new challenger and his trainer are imposing a real boxing match to see if the legendary boxer has still got it.

There has been an array of fighters linked to Tyson since he announced his boxing return. Aside from his heavyweight nemesis Evander Holyfield, “Iron Mike” is also touted to fight UFC legends Wanderlei Silva and Tito Ortiz.

Despite being called out for a real fight, Tyson has already pointed out that he’ll be taking part in an exhibition match for charity. This has urged veteran promoter and Classic Entertainment and Sports (CES) founder Jimmy Burchfield, Sr. also known as “The Hardest Working Promoter in Combat Sports” to make a special fight proposal which is suited for Tyson’s agenda. However, Burchfield wants a “real fight” and not an exhibition one.

According to Burchfield, CES is offering the 53-year-old $1,000,000 to take on Italian heavyweight Juiseppe Angelo Cusumano. In lieu of the charity agenda, the offer also includes a percentage of closed-circuit receipts as well as a $200,000 donation to whatever charity Tyson’s wife chooses.

“If Mike Tyson is serious about making a comeback, we’re prepared to make him a legitimate offer to fight Cusumano in a 6 or 8-round fight, whichever Mike chooses. “After three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, boxing fans are hungry to watch real fights. Not exhibitions,” Burchfield recently told World Boxing News.

Cusumano, a massive, 6-foot-4 fighter with a professional record of 18-3, (16 KO’s), is a seasoned heavyweight from Carini, Sicily currently residing in Danville, California. Along with his trainer Marcus Luck, the pair has imposed a real fight challenge for Tyson. In a recent interview with ABC 13 News, Luck apparently grew tired of people saying “The Baddest Man on the Planet” “still got it” and they want to see if it’s true.

"We need the fans to ask for the fight. Would you like to see Mike Tyson in an exhibition or would you like to see him in a fight? We've got a lot of people saying 'oh he still got it, he still got it' you know what? Lets see if he still got it,” Luck said.

Cusumano, on the other hand, wrote on Facebook that a showdown with Tyson would be “more than a dream,” touting the “Tyson vs. Cusumano” fight.

“This is more then a dream. This would be epic!!!! Lets do it babe. What an honor this would be! Tyson vs. Cusumano,” he wrote.

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