Will Mike Tyson Return to the Ring in 2020? Is BKFC an Option?

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Mike Tyson Younger vs Older

Mike Tyson is taking the sports world and social media by storm with a flurry of training videos that are reminiscent of his vicious body shots and knockout punches from yesteryear.

At age 53, Tyson looks like he could step back into a boxing ring with a fair amount of success. Furthermore, he looks like he could still knock the head off of an average human being.

Tyson’s training videos have sparked a debate across many national sports media platforms as to whether or not one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all-time can make a comeback in some form or fashion.

These videos also sparked boxing betting sites to release odds on a Mike Tyson return to the ring and a variety of prop bets to explore.

Will Mike Tyson Have a Boxing Match in 2020?

Will Tyson have a Pro or Exhibition Bout in 2020?

  • Yes (+100)
  • No (-140)

In his most recent post on Instagram, Tyson released a video where nearly seven million viewers watched as he showed off his speed and power. At the end of the video, Tyson proclaimed “I’m Back!”

As of now, there’s no official word as to what that means. What is Tyson back for?

To answer that question, we have to go back a little bit and really pay attention to what Mike Tyson said during a chat with rapper T.I. on Instagram:

“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.”

From the videos, it’s clear that Mike Tyson has been working out. But, does that mean he’s really going to return to the boxing ring even in an exhibition?

Surprisingly, boxing betting sites have listed the chance of Tyson returning to the ring in 2020 as a real possibility. It’s hard to argue against that possibility considering what we’ve seen in the videos and what Tyson said in an IG chat.

I like the value for the “Yes” option at +100 odds and I think it’s worthy of a wager.

If “Iron Mike” does make a return to boxing then who would Tyson step into the ring against?

Well, there’s one man who actually wants Mike Tyson to return to the ring so that he could have the chance at fighting him again, and that man is Evander Holyfield.

Boxing Match in 2020 Bet:Yes (+100)

Could Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield Have a Rematch?

Following one of Tyson’s video releases, Evander Holyfield went on social media and declared that he’s returning to the ring for exhibition fights. It didn’t take long for fans and the media to connect the dots and speculate on the chances of Tyson and Holyfield meeting in the ring for a third time.

Holyfield addressed this possibility by saying he would be interested in an exhibition fight with Tyson:

“If it wasn’t for charity, I wouldn’t fight Tyson. I don’t look at it as being a winner in this fight. This is a charity event helping our foundations. The thing is knowing what you’re doing it for. I’m not afraid of [Tyson] or anything like that, as long as it works for both of us [financially]. I wouldn’t ask for him to do it if he didn’t want to. He’d have to ask me. It’s like being the bully, I already beat him twice.”

The first fight between Tyson and Holyfield took place in November 1996 roughly a year after Tyson was released from prison for rape. He wasn’t the same fighter as he was prior to incarceration and Holyfield looked like the best heavyweight of all-time in that fight. Evander won via 11th round TKO.

In their rematch, which took place in June 1997, one of the most memorable and bizarre moments in boxing history took place as Mike Tyson bit off part of Holyfield’s ear. Tyson was disqualified for biting after the 3rd round had concluded.

Sports betting websites aren’t as convinced that Holyfield could beat Tyson a third time. Right now they have the odds listed as follows:

  • Evander Holyfield (-120)
  • Mike Tyson (-120)

If we are just comparing the footage of each fighter training, Tyson clearly looks like he would win. In fact, Tyson looks like he can hang for a few rounds with heavyweights in the sport today. Whereas, Holyfield looks more like the guy who’s holding the pads for today’s heavyweights.

Even if it’s an exhibition, I still believe Mike Tyson would “win.” For this bet, take Tyson to defeat the 57 year old Evander Holyfield.

Tyson vs Holyfield Rematch Bet:Mike Tyson (-120)

Would Mike Tyson Consider a Bare Knuckle Fight?

There are rumors that Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) offered Mike Tyson $20 million dollars for one fight under their banner. Although the numbers haven’t been officially confirmed, BFKC has acknowledged that they are pursuing something with Tyson in the following tweet:

Furthermore, boxing betting websites have released odds on the possibility of Tyson fighting in the BKFC in 2020:

  • Yes (+150)
  • No (-200)

That’s a lot of money for Tyson or anyone to turn down. I think “Iron Mike” would seriously consider the possibility depending on who his opponent would be.

Keep in mind, it was Mike Tyson who famously said:

“everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

Mike could look great hitting the mitts and pads, but nobody is punching him back in the face. I think a BKFC fight is too much right now for the legendary boxer who will turn 54 in June. Boxing exhibitions are the way to go for Tyson, Holyfield and other former boxing greats.

For this prop bet, take the “No” option.

Bare Knukcle Fight Bet:No (-200)
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