Don King wants Mike Tyson to come back and fight. That's not a typo, and it's not a joke. Don King, the now irrelevant promoter who once ruled boxing's biggest stages, is hoping he can convince the 48-year-old Tyson to return to the sport to face Bermane Stiverne, the WBC heavyweight titleholder who faces Deontay Wilder this Saturday on Showtime.
"Bermane is Tyson-like. And if he gets through this fight, I'm gonna go talk to Mike Tyson, and see if I can get him to come back and add his incredible ability, to come back just as George Foreman did at 46," King absentmindedly said while blissfully unaware of anything other than ages.
"Tyson being 48, and then Bernard Hopkins taking it to 50, I think it's a thing, something the public would want to see. And you're giving an opportunity again in the land of opportunity," he nonsensically continued.
Tyson, who hasn't fought since an embarrassing pair of losses to Danny Williams and Kevin McBride in 2004-05, retired with a record of 50-6 (44 KO), and has never given serious public consideration to a comeback in the decade since he's been out of the ring. He's gone on to notable acting roles in The Hangover series, and is the star of the current [adult swim] series "Mike Tyson Mysteries." He's also been working in a promoter's role with Iron Mike Productions, but there are some issues going on over there.
Either way, it's incredibly unlikely that Tyson is going to fight again. What made Tyson a great fighter so many years ago is long gone, something Mike has admitted many times himself. He's repeatedly stated he has no desire to fight again.
But just in case you're wondering, this is where Don King is at in 2015.