Mike Tyson Confirms Rafael Cordeiro’s Role in Lennox Lewis Rematch

Published 06/15/2021, 7:00 AM EDT


Despite retiring from the sport 16 years ago, legendary boxer Mike Tyson is still making headlines in the sport. Thanks to his comeback to the ring at 54, ‘Iron Mike’ is never far from the front pages. And now, the former heavyweight champion of the world has confirmed his trainer for his next fight.

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‘Iron Mike’ is coming off a successful exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. back in November. Since then, rumors have linked him to several opponents. And after lots of controversy and breakdown in negotiations, Tyson will most likely face Lennox Lewis. And he will have a familiar face in his corner.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Roy Jones Jr. (L) and Mike Tyson celebrate their split draw during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)

The 50-6 boxer spoke to ESNEWS on YouTube and addressed the issue. When asked if Rafael Cordeiro would be his trainer for his next fight, the former heavyweight champion replied with, “Absolutely. Beautiful man.”

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Thus, this comment not only confirmed that Cordeiro would be part of Tyson’s team but also showed what Tyson thinks of the famous trainer. And given the role Rafael Cordeiro has played in Tyson’s transformation, it is no surprise to see the legendary boxer talk so highly of his trainer.

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‘Iron Mike’ and his trainers have always been a talking point in the sport. He was very close to his first coach, Cus D’Amato. After that, things did not go too well with Teddy Atlas. Despite this, it appears Tyson has now clicked with Cordeiro. And it is no surprise to see why.

Cordeiro played a huge part in the incredible weight loss transformation ‘Iron Mike’ embarked on. He was his main boxing trainer and helped him get back in shape while making it possible for Tyson to enjoy training. Furthermore, he was in the corner for the Jones Jr. bout.

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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

Therefore, this confirmation from Tyson will not surprise many considering the relationship the two shared. However, only time will tell if it is the right formula to beat Lennox Lewis in the rematch.

What do you make of this news surrounding Mike Tyson’s trainer? Do you think Rafael Cordeiro will help him beat Lennox Lewis?

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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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