The return of Mike Tyson is closer than ever. The former heavyweight champ will return to action against fellow great Roy Jones Jr. However, Jones wasn’t the fighter that brought Tyson out of retirement. Instead, it was former pro-wrestler and giant combat star Bob Sapp.
While talking on the Joe Rogan Experience a few months back, Tyson explained what led to him returning to boxing at such a later age. ‘Iron Mike’ was having a hard time fitting into some of his clothes. Hence, his wife asked him to get on the treadmill for at least fifteen minutes. This led to a chain reaction that will possibly end with him in the ring this weekend.
“Somebody came to me, I think it was my brother-in-law and said, ‘Hey, I know you’re not going to come back but would you fight this guy for like forty million or thirty million bucks?’ I said man get the fu…WOAH. I said hold on and then there’s just this DING. I said who would you like me to fight. He said one minute and then it’s Bob Sapp. I said okay,” Tyson said.
Tyson knew Sapp was big and strong. Therefore, he had to know the rules under which he would step inside the ring. Once Tyson was sure that it was the Marquess of Queensberry, he was all in for fighting Sapp. However, that fight never came to fruition.
When the option of Sapp as an opponent fell through, there were a number of new options that came up to welcome Tyson back into the ring. From his former opponent Evander Holyfield to a former MMA champion, Tyson went through tons of options.
“It went from him to somebody else and another guy in MMA, then this guy, and then it went to another heavyweight champ. It was just a bunch of guys up here. The next thing you know, it came down to Roy.”
“I’m like I don’t know what the hell’s going on. Then he signed the contract, I signed the contract, and the next thing you know I’m in the gym again and it’s disastrous,” Tyson added.
Even though fans will get to witness the former ‘Baddest man on the planet’ in action, it wouldn’t be like the old times. His fight with Jones Jr will have a very stringent set of rules where the two can’t knock their opponent out. On top of it, there will be no judges scoring the fight from the ringside.