Mike Tyson says he wants to get back in the ring. Check out a full page of Iron Mike betting props - including odds for Tyson vs. Holyfield III.
Mike Tyson is one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time and has gotten even more popular in his post-fight career – think his appearance in the blockbuster movie “the Hangover.”
Tyson is 53 years old and hasn’t fought in the ring since losing to the anonymous journeyman Kevin McBride on June 11, 2005, in Washington, D.C. That ended Tyson’s career at 50-8 with 44 knockouts. “Iron Mike” was the first heavyweight to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles and was the youngest-ever heavyweight champ at age 20.
It’s common knowledge that boxers “struggle” to stay retired, and Tyson lately has teased a possible return to fighting by posting videos on social media of his intense workouts and saying: “I’m back.” Tyson definitely looks physically fit.
“He hasn’t hit mitts for almost 10 years. So I didn’t expect to see what I saw. I saw a guy with the same speed, same power as guys 21, 22 years old,” trainer Rafael Cordeiro told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani of how good Tyson looked.
Mike Tyson Betting Odds
There’s little chance any U.S. state athletic commission would sign off on sanctioning a legitimate Tyson boxing match, but there are other options out there for Tyson, who has expressed an interest in fighting for charity. For example, MMA legends Tito Ortiz, Wanderlei Silva and Ken Shamrock have expressed interest in a Tyson fight in any medium. And that means there are plenty of boxing odds available for Tyson’s potential return.
Tyson is priced as a -556 favourite in a boxing match vs. Ortiz (+295). Tyson is -286 vs. Silva (+180) and -909 vs. Shamrock (+400). How about a matchup with recently dethroned heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder? Tyson is a +425 underdog there with Wilder at -1111.
The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship reportedly has offered Tyson $20 million for a right, with additional money donated to various charities. Apparently, the president of the BKFC is ready to up that bid: “I think I know what we need to do to make this thing happen,” David Feldman said recently. That Tyson accepts the Bare Knuckle boxing offer is yes-only at +200.
Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield III?
The most likely matchup would seem to be a third boxing “fight” (wearing gloves) with 57-year-old Evander Holyfield, who has said he wants to do it. Holyfield beat Tyson twice, including that infamous ear-biting incident in 1997 that saw Tyson get disqualified. Holyfield hasn’t fought since 2011 but says he has resumed training too.
Tyson is a -286 on the boxing odds board for any potential fight vs. Holyfield, who is +180. However, the favourite to be Tyson’s next opponent is Conor McGregor at +250. There’s also another prop that Tyson will fight any current pugilist at -120 with him against any former pugilist now retired also at -120. Does Rocky Balboa count?
Mike Tyson Boxing Prediction
Tyson turns down the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and gets one more shot at Holyfield in a charity boxing match. If that happens, we like Iron Mike.