World heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson says he is in the best shape of his life as he prepares to make his return to the ring. Speaking with rapper T.I. on Instagram Live from quarantine this week, the retired fighter revealed that he’s been training hard ahead of his comeback, which will involve taking part in matches for charity.
“I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week,” he said. “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 motherfucker like me.”
He then talked T.I. through his rigorous new training regimen, and explained how the intense activity hits different now he’s in his 50s than it did when he secured his first heavyweight title at the age of 20.
“I do two hours on cardio, I do the bike and the treadmill for an hour, then I do some light weights, 300, 250 reps,” he said. “Then I start my day with the boxing thing, I go in there and hit the mitts, 30 minutes, 25 minutes, start getting in better condition. I’m starting to put those combinations together… I’m in pain, I feel like three guys kicked the shit out of me.”
However, Tyson’s fellow boxing legend George Foreman has said that he should rethink coming out of retirement, even for charity. “Tyson has done enough great things for boxing. No more is needed,” Foreman told World Boxing News. “He is in the Hall of Fame and was a mighty puncher.”