The world cannot get enough of Mike Tyson, and the widespread consensus is that “Iron” Mike will come back to the squared circle.
Recently, speculation has begun about Tyson’s next opponent, and it has ranged from either of the two Paul brothers, Jake and Logan, and UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.
During a recent episode of Tyson’s popular “HOTBOXIN’” podcast, UFC middleweight champion Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya stopped by to chop it up with the former heavyweight boxing champ.
Mike Ready To (HOT)BOXIN’
“When are you fighting next? Whats the plans? You got anything on the line?” Adesanya said admiringly.
Tyson let him know what he is doing to stay in shape.
“People keep asking me; I don’t know,” Tyson said. “I just feel good. I’m doing an obstacle course now just to prepare. They keep putting these big prices up, it might be worth it.”
Before Tyson fought Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition super fight in late November 2020, the internet went crazy at the sight of Tyson hitting the focus mitts with Kings MMA trainer Raphael Cordeiro.
Adesanya couldn’t help but go fanboy listening to Mike recounting his recent training experiences. However, it might give a glimpse into whether Tyson will return or not.
“When me and Raphael work out, that’s why I got to prepare because I’m on the ground, eighth round, I’m on the ground and we hit the mitts, and then I’m on the ground,” said Tyson. “I never say what the f**k am I doing but I say ‘f**k I have two more rounds’ then I hit the floor.”
— Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson (@hotboxinpodcast) April 6, 2022
Both Jake and Logan Paul have taken the boxing world by storm, with Jake taking his “The Problem Child” mentality all the way to “Showtime” pay-per-view. They have revolutionized the influencer to boxer pipeline that has now added to boxing’s offerings.
UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has been in a huge contract dispute with the top-tier mixed martial arts organization. Ngannou defended and unified the UFC heavyweight championship in January when he defeated Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 via unanimous decision.
Ngannou has been very vocal about wanting to face Tyson Fury in a boxing match as the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor effect hasn’t worn off on MMA champions looking to test themselves outside of the cage.
However, as fans often do, the fantasy factor has taken over, and the world is pondering what a fight against the former “Baddest Man On The Planet” would be like for Ngannou.
For Tyson, the answer isn’t speculative at all, it’s simple.
“I’ll beat these f**kers. I’m coming straight at them full blast,” Tyson said, laughing. “I just need to be in shape. All I have to be is in shape. Thirty days of boxing, I can fight anybody. If I’m boxing every day in the gym, I don’t have to worry about my diet.”
Although Tyson is exploring all the lanes that his massive brand can cash in on, the fight business is still there for him, and as long as the new adage of “yesterday’s price not being today’s price,” is still a leading factor, we might see “Iron Mike” on the gladiator’s stage again.