Mike Tyson trends after video of 53-year-old’s trademark punching power, unbelievable speed in training surfaces

Mike Tyson trends after video of 53-year-old’s trademark punching power, unbelievable speed in training surfaces

Former undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson is 53. Yet, a new video of him showing his legendary brutal punching power and unbelievable speed; has seen him trending on micro-blogging site, Twitter.

In the video which was posted on his verified handle on the micro-blogging site; Mike Tyson could be seen going at it with his trainer at a speed which defied his 53 years.

‘‘I’m a Bad Boy for Life. Watch #BadBoysforLife now on DVD Blueray @realmartymar #willsmith #stillthebaddestmanontheplanet,’’ he wrote on Twitter along with a video of the irrepressibly swift punching power he became renowned for.

Consequently, the video has generated huge reactions on Twitter which have seen the former heavyweight champion trending.

Meanwhile, Mike Tyson has confirmed that he may be making a return to the ring; basically for an exhibition bout to raise funds for charity. He disclosed this in an Instagram Live with American rapper T.I.

Tyson said: “I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week. That’s been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts.

“I’ve been working out, I’ve been trying to get in the ring, I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape. I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff. Some charity exhibitions, make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected motherf****** like me.”

Michael Gerard “Mike” Tyson reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion in his prime. According to Wikipedia, he holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years; four months, and 22 days old. Indeed, Mike Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after stopping Trevor Berbick in the second round. Thereafter, he added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker in 1987. This made Mike Tyson the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles; as well as the only heavyweight to successively unify them.

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Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson became the lineal champion in 1988; knocking out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds of the first round. Equally important, he successfully defended his titles nine times. Specifically, this included victories over Larry Holmes and Frank Bruno.

In 1990, Tyson lost the titles to underdog Buster Douglas, who knocked him out in the tenth round.

Attempting to regain the titles, Tyson defeated Donovan Ruddock twice in 1991. However, he pulled out of a fight with then-undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield; (who had defeated Douglas later in 1990) due to a rib injury.

In 1992, Mike Tyson was convicted of rape and sentenced to six years in prison. However, he was released on parole after serving three years. After his release in 1995, he engaged in a series of comeback fights. He won the WBC and WBA titles in 1996, after stopping Frank Bruno and Bruce Seldon. With his defeat of Bruno, Tyson joined Floyd Patterson, Muhammad Ali, Tim Witherspoon, Evander Holyfield, and George Foreman; as the only men in boxing history to have regained a heavyweight championship after having lost it. After being stripped of the WBC title in the same year; Tyson lost the WBA title to Evander Holyfield by an eleventh round stoppage. However, their 1997 rematch ended when Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield’s ears.

In 2002, Mike Tyson fought for the world heavyweight title again at the age of 35; losing by knockout to Lennox Lewis. Tyson retired from professional boxing in 2006; after being knocked out in consecutive matches against journeymen Danny Williams and Kevin McBride. Tyson declared bankruptcy in 2003, despite having received over $30 million for several of his fights; as well as $300 million during his career.

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