54-Year-Old Mike Tyson Reveals How He Reduced Injuries in Training by Switching Equipment

Published 03/27/2021, 1:17 AM EDT
Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson (black trunks) exits the ring after his split draw against Roy Jones, Jr. (white trunks) during a heavyweight exhibition boxing bout for the WBC Frontline Belt at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Scarnici/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


Mike Tyson is one of the hardest-hitting boxers in the sport’s history. ‘Iron Mike’ became the youngest heavyweight champion of the world thanks to his incredible power. The former champion has now revealed a secret of his training.

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‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’ has been training for more than a year. The legendary boxer took on Roy Jones Jr. in a successful exhibition bout in November and is looking to return to the ring. However, ahead of his next exhibition, Tyson has revealed how he stayed injury-free in training.

World Champion Trainer Jeff Fenech and Mike Tyson during Iron Mike Tyson Starts Training Camp at Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino at Aladdin/Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

‘Iron Mike’ spoke to the ‘Voice of the UFC’ Bruce Buffer on an episode of ‘Hotboxin with Mike Tyson.’ When Buffer noticed a water-filled punching bag in the corner, Tyson said, “Oh man, I love this bag. Hey Bruce, I beat the hell outta this aqua bag man. Going right through it and it doesn’t hurt my hand. That’s why I love these bags.”

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The iconic announcer then explained why he loves those bags too. “I love these bags too. Because, again, the whole water fill thing, I love the effect, I feel like I’m hitting somebody for real”, said Bruce.

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Why is Mike Tyson training?

With these comments, the former heavyweight champion showed how he sustained his power punches even at 54. However, who is ‘Iron Mike’ training for?

The hard-hitting Tyson insisted he would continue fighting even after the first exhibition. He claimed he would fight other retired fighters as part of his Legends Only League. And until recently, it appeared as though he would face his old foe, Evander Holyfield.

Nov 27, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson during weigh ins for a heavyweight exhibition boxing bout in Los Angeles. Mandatory Credit: Lynn Millspaugh/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

However, it seems unlikely that fans will get to witness the trilogy bout between the two. Holyfield’s manager has given his take on why the bout may not happen, while Tyson has caught himself in a dispute with Triller. Therefore, if the fight is to happen, it will take a while.

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This hasn’t stopped Tyson from training, and fans now have an insight into how the former champion stayed injury-free despite hitting the heavy bag in his dotage.

What do you make of these comments from Mike Tyson? Do you think the water-bag is an excellent addition to boxing training?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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