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Mike Tyson: ‘The Gods of WAR have reawakened me’

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By Jim Maltzman: Mike Tyson says he feels reawakened now, and he’s ready to start fighting again in charity matches. The former heavyweight champion Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs), has suddenly woken up a lot of boxing fans about his existence since the video of him working out was posted a couple of weeks ago.

Thus far, Tyson isn’t talking about making a comeback in a real way against the best, but you never know. Big George Foreman says that he first came back, he was thinking of doing exhibition matches, and the next thing you know, he was fighting for the heavyweight world title in his 40s.

Tyson showed in the video hand and power that the current crop of top heavyweights would die for. The top heavyweights today don’t have the speed, combination punching, and the concussive power that the 53-year-old Tyson still possesses.

Mike Tyson feeling unstoppable

“I feel unstoppable now. The gods of war have reawakened me. They’ve ignited my ego and want me to go to war again,” said Tyson on Facebook. “Imagine I went out there and fought, I could help all these people and animals we’re talking about. That’s really what it’s about.”

Even though Tyson won’t be the same fighter that he was earlier in his career, it’ll be fun to see what he can do with his still incredible hand speed and punching power. He can probably dish it out well for a short period.

Where Tyson might have problems is on the conditioning side of the game, and his ability to take punishment in return.

In Tyson’s last two fights against Danny Williams and Kevin McBride in 2004 and 2005, he gassed out after two rounds. Tyson ended up getting stopped in both fights. It’s now 15 years later, and it’s doubtful that Tyson’s stamina has improved during this time.

Tyson doing exhibition matches is perhaps as good as it gets, and it’s still going to be a lot of fun to see him in action.

Already retired four heavyweights are following Tyson’s lead in looking to come back for exhibition matches. Oliver McCall, Evander Holyfield, Shannon Briggs, and James Toney are interested in doing exhibition matches.

It would be interesting to see some of the many other fighters come back for exhibition matches. Who wouldn’t want to see the likes of Julian Jackson, Bernard Hopkins, Kostya Tszyu, Wladimir Klitschko, and Mikkel Kessler come back for exhibition fights?

Shannon Briggs says he and Tyson would potentially go to war if he fought him in an exhibition match. Briggs says he’d like to take it easy, but he’s not sure that Tyson would.

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