Mike Tyson should swerve a bout with Shannon Briggs and purse a trilogy fight with Evander Holyfield, former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye believes. In late April, 53-year-old Tyson revealed he’d resumed training with the hope of setting foot inside the squared circle again.
‘Iron Mike’ has continued to tease a sensational comeback on his social media, releasing videos of him ferociously hitting pads with renowned mixed martial arts coach Rafael Cordeiro.
Ever since Tyson – who retired from boxing in 2006 after consecutive losses to Danny Williams and Kevin McBridge – declared himself “back”, fight fans have been wondering who will welcome the former undisputed heavyweight champion back to the ring.
Earlier this week, former IBU heavyweight champion Briggs claimed he’d agreed to fight Tyson in a charity match after a positive conversation.
That prospect of Tyson facing Briggs, who last competed four years ago, doesn’t sit well with Haye, who would like to see the legend lock horns with a fighter close to his age.
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He added: “I think the fact that Shannon Briggs has been boxing recently; I’d prefer him to fight another older fighter.”
Unlike some boxing fans, Haye has no desire to see Tyson test himself against any active heavyweights.
“If he fought someone like George Foreman, who’s even older than he is, or someone like that, that’s one thing,” he said. “But fighting fighters who currently active fighters, I wouldn’t want to see.
“We saw what happened when Tyson fought Kevin McBridge 17 years ago (16 years ago) or when he fought Danny Williams, which was even longer than that ago.
“I really wouldn’t want to see him fight somebody who wouldn’t be good enough to be his sparring partner in his day beat him. I wouldn’t want to see that. I wouldn’t mind seeing him getting in there against another guy in the twilight of his life. It gives them a reason to stay healthy.”
The notion of Tyson fighting again, even in an exhibition bout, has irked many, with several adamant he has no business being in the ring at his age.
Haye is well and truly on the opposite side of the fence when it comes to the Hall of Famer and will happily part his with hard-earned cash to watch the former undisputed champion take to the ring again.
“I like it,” Haye said of Tyson’s seemingly imminent return. “I’d tune in” I’d pay money to sit ringside and watch Mike Tyson.