KEY POINTS

  • Mike Tyson has decided to return to boxing at age 53
  • Tyson posted a short video of him working on his combinations
  • Oscar De La Hoya made a bold prediction about Tyson's return after watching the training video

Boxing legend and Golden Boy Promotions boss Oscar De La Hoya had an interesting prediction about Mike Tyson.

Die-hard Tyson fans have been waiting for his epic return to boxing. Ever since the 53-year-old legend lost to journeyman Kevin McBride in 2005, Tyson has been reluctant in talking about a possible comeback. However, amid the coronavirus crisis, “Iron Mike” revealed that he has started training again and at last, the youngest heavyweight world champion has finally decided to step inside the boxing ring once again.

On his official social media account, Tyson posted a short clip of him training and working on his combinations. At 53, Tyson has shown that he’s still got it by showcasing his insane power and speed in the video.

Veteran boxing insider Elie Seckbach reposted Tyson’s training video clip and was surprised when Olympic goal medalist and 10-time world champion De La Hoya left a bold comment on the post. De La Hoya was evidently thrilled with Tyson’s decision to return despite his age. And after watching the training video, the former multi-division champ was convinced that Tyson can still compete with the top-tier heavyweights today.

According to De La Hoya, he believes that if Tyson will decide to go and train like a professional, he could knockout anybody in front of him.

“I’m sure that if he trains for 12 rounds, right now he’ll knock out any heavyweight,” De La Hoya wrote.

Tyson is currently gearing up for a sensational return later this year to take part in exhibition fights for charity. Recently speaking on an Instagram Live with rapper T.I. (via Talksport), “The Baddest Man on the Planet” revealed that his decision to return to boxing is for charity works. As per Tyson, he intends to help the homeless and drug-affected people, the kind of people who were just like him several years ago.

“I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week. I’ve been working out, I’ve been trying to get in the ring, I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape,” Tyson revealed.

“I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff. Make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected motherf****er like me,” he added.

Tyson also discussed that his training regimen includes two hours of cardio, one hour of biking and treadmill and some light lifting with 250-300 repetitions.

Mike Tyson Former professional boxer Mike Tyson poses before receiving the Sportel Special Prize Autobiography for his book "Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography" during the Golden Podium Awards at the Sportel in Monte Carlo, Oct. 8, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Eric Gaillard