WATCH: Mike Tyson Unleashes Devastating Body Shots in New Sparring Video

Published 01/04/2021, 8:00 AM EST
Mike Tyson (Photo by Aaron Rapoport/Corbis via Getty Images)


Unreleased training footage of Mike Tyson showed just how hard he prepared for his return. The legendary boxer made his comeback to the sport in an exhibition fight against fellow legend Roy Jones Jr on November 28, 2020. The duo exceeded expectations at the Staples Center.

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Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson and Roy Jones, Jr. pose with their belts after a split draw 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

Both fighters were training hard for the fight. However, the focus was on Mike Tyson, whose videos showed him punch and move like the good old days. Despite this, many questioned the booking. Ultimately, the fight did better than expected and ended in a draw.

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Regardless of the result, both Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. claimed they were going for a win. They claimed they were training as hard as they could. And now leaked footage of Tyson’s training shows just hard he was training.

In the video, we see Tyson almost knock out his sparring partner when training inside the octagon. His movement, speed, and power are clearly visible and he has his opponent pinned to the wall.

‘Iron Mike’ then landed a barrage of body shots which devastated his opponent. Thus, this video showed that Tyson meant business.

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Why did Mike Tyson train so hard for an exhibition fight?

Looking at the videos of his training, many will wonder why the legendary boxer put his body through all that for an exhibition fight. He went through extreme measures to get into shape; even passing electricity to his muscles to aid in their recovery.

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The reason was that Tyson claimed that the fighting fire in him was re-ignited and he could not do without fighting. Furthermore, he was not training just for one fight. ‘Iron’ plans to compete in many more exhibitions under the ‘Legends Only League.’

Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson (black trunks) is interviewed 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

This has sparked rumors of a potential fight against long-time rival Evander Holyfield, who is also in great shape. This explains why Mike Tyson took his training so seriously. For him, it was more about the return to the ring rather than the money.

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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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