Recently, a small training clip by Mike Tyson went viral and, according to the man who was suffering the punches of the former champion, the iconic heavyweight still has some fight in it at 53.
"I didn't know what to expect," coach Rafael Cordeiro told ESPN's Ariel Helwani on Monday. "He hasn't hit his glove in almost 10 years. So, I didn't expect to see what I saw. I saw a guy with the same speed, the same power as the 21, 22 year old guys."
Cordeiro, best known for his work in mixed martial arts, added that whoever enters the ring with this 2020 version of Tyson & # 39; & # 39; must be a nice guy to train with Mike ".
Cordeiro said he had the opportunity to work with Tyson, the undisputed heavyweight champion in the late 1980s, who held heavy titles in 1996, through associates who contacted him about working with "Iron Mike".
He said he has been working with Tyson for three weeks straight, cardio, gloves, bags. As I said before, 53 years old, but when he dedicates himself to it, his body inside the ring – he changes. "
Their sessions vary between 60 and 90 minutes, with Tyson doing his fitness with another trainer. At this stage, they are between five and seven rounds in the gloves, with Tyson starting slow, gaining momentum as he accelerates.
Cordeiro said he believes that within six months Tyson will be able to make a successful comeback as a boxer.
"It's not a joke," he insisted. Cordeiro said more images will be released that show & # 39; & # 39; more power, more speed, everything ".
Mike Tyson shows that, even at 53, he can still enter the ring.
Tyson may look impressive striking objects that he cannot fight back, but he was stopped in five rounds by the little-seen Kevin McBride in his last professional game in 2005.
"I believe Mike fought against himself for a long, long time," said Cordeiro. & # 39; & # 39; He is proud to be the Mike Tyson he is today. "
Still, even if he could realistically return to the ring, Tyson wants to?
"I don't know," said Cordeiro, "but what I can say is that if he wants to do something in the future, we will be ready for it, 100%".
The next session is scheduled for Tuesday. Where that happens, no one except Tyson himself has any idea.
"Can you imagine a third fight with Evander Holyfield?" Lamb said.