Mike Tyson Is Still Ridiculously Shredded And It's Amazing

When Mike Tyson hinted at a comeback in May 2020, some fans worried that he might hurt himself, given his age and how long it's been since the peak of his boxing career. But a new video of the 53-year-old boxer is proof positive that people should be more worried about Tyson's potential opponent — because he's as ripped and powerful as ever. 

Tyson shared a video of himself training to the Chinese social media site Weibo, showing off his six-pack and chiseled, well, everything. It's a lot to take in. Some fans might assume that Tyson was always in this kind of physical shape, but he really wasn't! In a 2019 interview with Joe Rogan, Tyson revealed that he was abstaining from working out at all, in the name of helping him get to a place of balance and peace with himself. "All that stuff reactivates my ego. If I reactivate my ego, I'm going to lose in life," he said, referring to obsessive training and working out in order to beef up. 

For better or worse, Tyson's back in fitness mode, and he's potentially even returning to the ring to raise money for charity. Take a look at Tyson's body in the video below.

Mike Tyson looks just as fit as he used to

Mike Tyson's new training video shows off his punching power and shredded physique at the age of 53 years old. In the video, he shows off some punching plays and generally just looks like a beast — until his adorable fluffy dog comes to stop him at the very end. 

Watching the video, it's hard not to notice that his body looks just as toned as it did back in May 1997 (pictured above), the year of the "Sound and the Fury" match with Evander Holyfield. Tyson was infamously disqualified in the third round of the match for biting Holyfield on both ears, one bite being so intense that a piece of Holyfield's ear was found in the ring afterward (via ESPN). 

Tyson was fined and had to step away from boxing temporarily. He later returned to the ring before saying he would retire for good in 2005, per The Guardian. Legal issues, including filing for bankruptcy and alleged drug use, ensued throughout the aughts. That's why the idea of a 2020 Mike Tyson comeback for charity sounds so exciting to fans. 

Mike Tyson might fight an impressive opponent

Mike Tyson posted a couple of training videos in the spring of 2020, one of which ended with him saying, "I'm back!", per The Guardian, which led many fans to believe that he's returning to the ring. His comeback hasn't been confirmed by any organizer or even Iron Mike himself, so this could all just be a fun social media stunt. Still, it's an exciting possibility. If he does return for a charity exhibition show, who would the opponent even be? 

Some are suggesting that Evander Holyfield should step back in the ring with Tyson. Other top contenders include New Zealand rugby player and boxer Sonny Bill Williams or Australian former NRL player Paul Gallen, per The Guardian. Heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs has also said that he's spoken with Tyson directly about setting something up, as reported by the Evening Standard. This reported comeback has gained a lot of traction, so hopefully, more details will emerge soon.

The World Boxing Council supports Tyson's comeback

Despite some skepticism in the boxing world, many people are supportive of a Mike Tyson comeback, including World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman, who says that the organization will rank him if he's serious about competing professionally, per World Boxing News. He added that every world champion is always welcome back in the ring via the organization, though if it's just an exhibition for charity Tyson doesn't technically need the WBC's support — but he definitely has it. 

"He could knock out anyone with one punch, at any time! So of course we will support him," Sulaiman said. "I don't like to speculate. This is a topic we are all entertained by. An exhibition is one thing; if he comes back he has to be licensed and has to go through a thorough process."

Tyson is a legend, after all, despite his rocky history with the sport, other boxers, and his own demons. But it looks like he's back at the top of his game, and whoever does end up fighting Tyson in this theoretical comeback should watch out — those punches in his training video were coming fast!