Mike Tyson ‘looking forward’ to death and insists lack of fear made him so scary in the ring – The Sun

MIKE TYSON revealed he is looking forward to death as "living might be more complicated than dying".

Tyson still stands as the youngest heavyweight world champion in history after beating Trevor Berbick in 1986 aged 20 years and 4 months.


And the 53-year-old believes his total lack of fear drove him to embrace the possibility of death in the ring – but always thought he would "do the killing" if fatality struck during one of his fights.

He told The Sportsman: "I knew there was a possibility that I could die during training, during a fight. I knew that.

"But I wasn’t scared because I thought if anybody was going to die, I would do the killing. That self-confidence was a survival mechanism.

"But now, from my experience, from what I believe, the more I know about not existing, the more willing I am to die."

When asked if he is actually looking forward to death, the knockout king said: "Yeah. I don’t fear it.

"Living might be more complicated than dying to me. The belief of it. I don’t know if it’s true. Because living takes a lot of courage. Without the courage, you can’t handle living.

But now, from my experience, from what I believe, the more I know about not existing, the more willing I am to die."

"Living is a journey, living is a struggle. People have everything and they still can’t do it, they struggle. We take ourselves too seriously.

"We think we’re somebody. Who the f***? We’re nothing! We come from s***; we think we’re special! Fame is s***."

Tyson recently broke down in tears on his podcast. He revealed he has been left feeling empty with his years as one of sport’s biggest stars well behind him and that he misses the man he was during his prime.

He is now back in training as he prepares for his return to the ring after 15 years of retirement.

And the 53-year-old is in talks with Evander Holyfield over a November rematch in the Middle East.

Reports have also claimed he has been offered £900,000 to rematch Peter McNeeley when he makes his comeback.

The American reigned as champ twice, but spent three years in prison after being convicted of rape in 1992.

After his jail sentence Tyson won the WBC and WBA titles in 1996 but in the same year lost to Evander Holyfield and infamously bit his ear in their rematch a year later.

And the heavyweight icon revealed his turbulent past helped him come to grips with life after he walked away from the ring and lost his aura of invincibility.

Tyson said: "You find out you’re not. You’re capable of going to jail, you’re capable of dying, you’re capable of being mistreated.

"I don’t really expect bad things to happen to me, but when they do happen to me, I understand it and I’m able to handle it. I’ve handled bad stuff before, that’s been my life.

"So I don’t trip over bad things. I know shit happens. When bad things happen I will be still striving to do something. I won’t be discouraged."

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How Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, Cristiano Ronaldo became the biggest earning sports stars from 1990-2020 – The Sun

IN the past 30 years, the world's leading sports stars have vied for the title of highest earner.

From Tiger Woods in golf to Michael Jordan on the basketball court, they've all made a mint during their era of being the best.


Forbes has put together a brilliant animated timeline that documents the wealth these sporting geniuses have generated while on top of their game over the last three decades.

Let SunSport explain who did it, year-by-year, and how.

1990

It was the year Margaret Thatcher quit as Prime Minister, and in sport there was one man on everybody's lips.

Forget Maggie in the House of Commons, Mike Tyson was the most feared person on the planet.

However, in February of that year he was surprisingly toppled by rank outsider Buster Douglas, which explains why that un-fancied fighter raked in around £21million.

He followed his shock victory with a blockbuster fight against Evander Holyfield and lost the WBA, WBC, IBF, and lineal heavyweight titles.

He earned slightly less than Tyson (around £23million) that year who fought two more fights, knocking out Henry Tillman and Alex Stewart.

Incredibly, Sugar Ray Leonard makes the top three (around £10million) and he didn't even fight in 1990.


1991

By the end of '91, boxers still dominated the sports world – thanks to large purses boosted by pay-per-view events.

It was Evander Holyfield, the WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight champ, who was the man to beat – defeating both George Foreman and Bert Cooper to earn big days.

His wealth shot up to £47million.

However, Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan was beginning to cement his name in basketball as a huge commodity commercially with brand Air Jordan.

He moved up to third on the list with a £12million fortune.

1992

Formula 1 winner Nigel Mansell soared faster than his Renault racing car – with a £12million fortune in '92.

But despite winning the drivers' championship, he still wasn't worth as much as Brazilian racing god Ayrton Senna (£17million).

It was rising star Jordan though who took top spot – more than doubling his earnings to £28million by the end of the year, as he celebrated regaining the NBA championship with the Bulls.

1993

Towards the tail-end of 1992, Holyfield's reign as boxing's best heavyweight was over after he lost to Riddick Bowe by unanimous decision.

Bowe fought three fights in '93, including two successful defences against Michael Dokes and Jesse Ferguson, before he was beaten by Holyfield in their rematch.

Still, those fights saw him earn a total of £19.5million.

Our own Lennox Lewis, who held the WBC heavyweight title, crept in with £11.5million – thanks to two big wins against Tony Tucker and Frank Bruno.

But it was still Jordan on top with £29million.


1994

The emergence of Shaquille O'Neal in basketball threatened Jordan's crown as the king of the court.

In the 1994-95 season, he led the scoring in the NBA with a 29.3 point scoring average.

His performances made him around £13million – but he was still dwarfed by his rival, who earned almost double.

Other notable entrants included tennis legend Andre Agassi, who won the US Open, with £8.8million and Jack Nicklaus (£11.4million) who won the Senior PGA Tour's version of the Mercedes Championship that year.

1995

It's the return of 'Iron Mike'.

Tyson was out of jail after three years serving a rape conviction and on the comeback trail.

And he unleashed his frustrations after he was uncaged on Peter McNeeley and Buster Mathis Jr, who were both battered as Tyson raked in £33million.

After signing a mega-contract with Dallas Cowboys, Deion Sanders jumped up to fourth on the list with £17.7million.

But everybody still trailed Jordan on £36million.

1996

Football came home, but you'd be hard-pushed to find any footballers on this list… for the moment.

It was the year that Jordan's run of four consecutive years being the highest earner in sport came to an end, even though he became a Hollywood star in Space Jam.

Mike Tyson took the crown again – £58million made in '96 – wining both the WBC and WBA titles against Frank Bruno and Bruce Seldon respectively.

That same year he fought Evander Holyfield for the first time, losing at the MGM Grand, but still earning a huge pay-day.

Michael Schumacher appears in third spot with £26.7million thanks to signing a bumper deal with Ferrari.

1997

By the end of 1997, Jordan has regained his crown with £63million, while Tyson slipped to fourth on the list with £21million.

Tyson's victor Holyfield enjoyed a career resurgence, beating him in a rematch through disqualification (the famous ear-bite) and later Michael Moorer to make £43million.

Oscar De La Hoya retained the WBC and lineal light welterweight titles in 1996, and then defended them five times, most notably against Hector Camacho, to record £31million.

1998

There was just no shifting 'Air Jordan', who once again recorded the highest salary of any sports star at £55million.

However, his shock retirement a month into 1999 had an effect on his future earnings, as you will soon read.

At Ferrari, Schumacher was beginning to turn the Italians into a supreme racing team – earning his £29.9m salary.

While hockey star Sergei Federov was a new entry with £23million starring for the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup.

1999

By the late 90s Tiger Woods was hailed as a sporting genius, with predictions that he was going to be the first ever billionaire sportsman.

He followed up his Masters win two years previous to land the PGA Championship for the first time in '99.

His earnings put him marginally second behind Schumacher (£38.7million) with £37 million.

Lennox Lewis, who added Holyfield's WBA, IBF titles, and the vacant IBO heavyweight belt to his WBC, featured in eighth place with £22million.

2000

It was the year F1 star Schumacher won his first drivers' championship with Ferrari – justifying the huge salary the Italians were paying him.

The German earned an incredible £48million, while his nearest rival Woods trailed him by £4million.

Michael Jordan returned to basketball with the Washington Wizards, but not as a player, but an owner – still managing to make £29million.

2002

With no records for 2001, we skip to 2002 – and there's a change at the top.

With Masters and US Open wins in 2002, Woods made an astonishing £55.8million.

Schumacher dropped just behind with £53million.

Now back playing in the NBA with the Wizards, Jordan made £28.2million.

Kobe Bryant was a new entry in the top 10 with £17million after leading the LA Lakers to their second NBA championship in consecutive years.

2003

No stopping Tiger.

Despite no major championship wins in 2003, he was still out on top making more than ever (£63million).

Baseball legend Alex Rodriguez became the youngest ever player to hit 300 home runs in '03, and made the cut in 7th position with £21million.

Michael Jordan, in his final year as a basketball pro aged 40, still managed to make £28million.

2004

The first footballer to make the list is, of course, our very own David Beckham.

A year before, Becks left Manchester United for Real Madrid and it helped him become a global superstar.

He was the 8th highest paid sports star in '04 with earnings of around £22million.

NFL legend Peyton Manning won his second MVP trophy on the spin, making £32million in the process.

However, it was still Woods on top, closely followed by Schumacher.

2005

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong made his first appearance on the list in '05 – after winning seven Tour de France titles in a row from 1999.

A figure of £22million wasn't too shabby for the American, and he was another new entry in highest earning sports stars, alongside MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi, who earned the same amount.

NFL star Michael Vick made £29million after signing a nine-year contract with Atlanta Falcons.

Woods (£70million) still leads Schumacher though by £21million more in earnings.

2006

It was the year a retired boxing legend made his biggest payday.

Muhammad Ali hadn't fought a professional fight for 25 years, but he was the third highest earning sports star in the world in '06 with £50million.

How? Simple. By selling rights to his name and likeness to entertainment and licensing firm CKX.

Phil Mickelson, who won the Masters and the US Open in '06, also features in fourth sport with £38million.

Yes, you've guessed it, Tiger is out in front though with £73million.

2007

Two years after winning the Ballon d'Or and winning the hearts of Barcelona fans, Ronaldinho's performances were beginning to help him accumulate a solid wage.

He was the 10th highest earner in '07 with £24million.

Kimi Raikkonen, now an F1 World Championship winner, also makes an appearance in fourth spot overtaking Schumacher as motor-racing's highest earner with £31million.

Woods is now at £80million – and is still the top dog.

2008

Brand Beckham goes into overdrive.

At this point in time, the Three Lions legend was in his second year at LA Galaxy – breaking America.

So it's no wonder he's second to Woods (£92million) with £40million.

Roger Federer makes his first appearance in the top 10 – winning the US Open for the fourth time in a row in '08.

LeBron James, then 21, breaks into the list with £30million.

2009

For eight years in a row the Tiger money-making machine showed no signs of slowing.

In '09 earnings had jumped to an unfathomable £89million.

Thanks to an induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame, Jordan enjoyed a spike with £36.4million.

Raikkonen was fractionally behind him with £36million, a year before leaving Formula 1.

2010

The emergence of several new names in the sporting world provided a more refreshing list for 2010.

Boxers Floyd Mayweather (£50.2million) and Manny Pacquiao (£32.4million) entered the fray in second and eighth spot respectively.

NFL stars Eli Manning (£31million) and Terrell Suggs (£29million) also feature.

Tiger's on £85million, down four million from the previous year.

2011

Now, we have three names from football in the top 10.

Cristiano Ronaldo (£31million) and Lionel Messi (£25million) joined the group of high-earners in 7th and 10th spot.

But they still trail Becks on £32.5million in terms of being football's highest earner.

Winning the French Open helped Federer climb up to fourth spot with £37million.

2012

Tiger's stranglehold on top spot after ten years at the top is finally over!

He makes way for Mayweather, who earned £68million after defeating Miguel Cotto to win the WBA (Super) light middleweight title.

And boxing really took over, with Pacquiao right behind him with £49million.

Federer, again, enjoyed a rise with £42 million. It was the year he won his 7th Wimbledon title.

2013

Guess who's back?

Not to be outdone, Woods returned as sports' biggest paid star in 2013 – once he returned to winning ways.

He won the Farmers Insurance Open, the WGC-Cadillac Championship, then the Arnold Palmer Invitational in quick succession.

Sponsors Nike then released an ad to commemorate his return to top of the rankings with the tagline "winning takes care of everything".

2014

It was the year the promising talents of their sport would see their earnings leap.

Fresh from his second Ballon d'Or win on the spin (his third in total at that point), Ronaldo was a runner-up with £64million.

Mayweather was the top contender – with a mega £82million thanks to two blockbusting fight and wins over Argentine Marcos Maidana.

LeBron James returned to Cleveland to play for the Cavs after opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat, which made him £57million richer.

While Rafael Nadal returned to form with a French Open win on his way to a £35million payday.

2015

Billed as the fight of the century, Mayweather and Pacquiao locked horns to earn a fortune in 2015.

Mayweather won the fight and the majority of the purse – a cool £240million that kept him in Bugattis.

But Pacquiao's £127million isn't a bad runners-up prize.

On the opposite side of the scale, Tiger's star was fading – with scandals and injuries contributing to a poor run of form and loss of sponsors. Just £41million this year.

2016

Mayweather retired, Pacquiao turned his hand to politics, which meant both prize fighters dropped out of the top 10.

Ronaldo and Messi were (and still are) dominating the football world, competitively trying to outdo each other to grab the moniker of who was the best.

It was Ronaldo who reclaimed his Ballon d'Or from his Barcelona rival, after winning the Euros with his country, and he topped the rich list.

But just like their talents, there wasn't much in it. Ronaldo made £70million, while the Argentine earned £65million.

Fresh from Australian Open and French Open wins, Novak Djokovic forced his way into the top 10 (sixth spot) with £43million.

2017

Lewis Hamilton makes his first appearance on the list – thanks to winning his third Formula 1 championship in four years.

He netted £35million in motorsport, which isn't too shabby.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was also making a name for himself as the three-point king and NBA champ with £37million – aided by a bumper sponsorship deal with Under Armour.

Ronaldo led LeBron by around £5.6million at the top with £75million.

In the NFL, Andrew Luck's contract extension from the previous year with the Colts made him the highest paid player in American football with £36million, which put him sixth position.

2018

Mayweather came out of retirement to put on an exhibition of boxing in a special fight against UFC star Conor McGregor.

Defeating the Irishman, he scored an astonishing £227million – just slightly less than his 2015 fight against Pacquiao.

McGregor, on the other hand, was £79million richer.

A year after becoming the most expensive footballer in the world, PSG star Neymar joined the list with £72million.

But he still trailed behind Messi (£89million) and Ronaldo (86million), who lost their Ballon d'Or crown to Luka Modric.

2019

Thanks to a huge contract signed with streaming service DAZN, Canelo Alvarez found himself in the big league – with £73million to his name in '19.

He also added the IBF middleweight belt to his name after defeating Daniel Jacobs, as well as the WBO light heavyweight title for stopping Sergey Kovalev.

But it was Messi who was the top boy – £102million richer, which is his highest total to date.

It also coincided with him reclaiming the Ballon d'Or.

2020

Today's top earner in sport, incredibly at 38, is Roger Federer – becoming the first tennis player in history to top the list.

His pay-packet of £86million is partly due to the coronavirus pandemic that has halted all major sports.

Both Ronaldo and Messi have seen massive salary cuts, and are down to £85million and £84million respectively.

In 2019, Woods ended an 11-year major trophy drought by winning the Masters in April, so he's £50million wealthier.

While Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins penned a new contract back in March to find himself squeezed into the top 10 with £49million.


 

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Mike Tyson reveals how he escaped police punishment despite being pulled over driving while ‘high as a motherf***er’ – The Sun

MIKE TYSON has revealed he was let off by police after being stooped while driving as "high as a mother******".

Iron Mike, 53, who has announced plans to get back in the ring after a 14-year hiatus, made the stunning admission on the latest edition of his Hotboxin podcast.

The Baddest Man on the Planet runs his own cannabis farm and is said to earn £500,000 a year from the business.

Tyson, who announced plans to return to boxing last month, revealed he was under the influence of weed AND alcohol when he was pulled over by cops in California.

He said: "I remember one day I got pulled over, I’m drunk, I’m high.

“So they pulled me over and they said, ‘Pull up on the kerb’.

"“So I pull up, I go on the kerb… boom boom! Ohhhhhhhhhh s***!

“The cop turns and looks and he goes, ‘Oh s*** Mike Tyson! F****** hell!’

“So I said, 'Sir, can you help me get to this address?’ Then he took me to the f****** address where the drug spot was and I said, ‘Thank you sir’ and I was free!

“Oh s***! I’m high as a motherf*****.”

It has been suggested that Tyson's return could be a third fight against old foe Evander Holyfield, despite calls for him to quit.

The 57-year-old is also in training ahead of his own comeback.

Tyson is widely claimed to be one of the greatest fighters of all time.

The boxer, from New York, was just 20 when he lifted the world heavyweight title and went on to dominate boxing.

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Mike Tyson Still Chokes up When Talking About the Tragic Death of His Daughter

When he was at the top of the world, Mike Tyson was perhaps the toughest man on the planet. That said, nobody is unbeatable, and even “Iron Mike” could lose.

While it sucks to get knocked out in the ring, one of the hardest moments for Tyson was something that was totally out of his control. That moment was when he found out that his 4-year-old daughter, Exodus, had died.

Even to this day, when Mike Tyson talks about his daughter’s tragic death, he can’t help but to tear up.

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In 2009, while the former champion was away in Las Vegas, his family was living a normal life in their home in Arizona, according to ABC News. Exodus and Miguel Tyson were playing around the house, while their mother was busy cleaning the place. While Exodus was in the playroom, her neck somehow got caught by a cord that was attached to their treadmill. 

Her mother asked Miguel to check up on Exodus, and they found her “in distress.” Their mom freed Exodus from the cord, called 911 for help, and then gave her CPR, but by then, it was too late. By the time that ‘Iron Mike’ heard about this and flown back home, Exodus had died in the hospital. 

How Mike Tyson reacted to this news

The death of a child is obviously a very traumatic moment, and Tyson didn’t handle it well. In an interview with HBO’s Real Sports, the former champion let all of his emotions out and told the brutally honest truth.

He recalled that, when he first heard the news, his first instinct was to grab his gun and “go crazy.” He didn’t know who he’d hurt, but that was, as he said, “his best thinking at the time.” 

Then, when he got to the hospital and saw his daughter, those thoughts went away. Instead, he was filled with the pain and agony that any parent who had just lost their child would feel. He turned to cocaine, saying that he needed to feel high to get through the experience.

The former heavyweight champion of the world was so choked up and brought to tears that he ended the interview right then and there. He told the interviewer, “You have to go now, you understand, right?” and then asked the camera crew to take the equipment off of him.

The cameras were still rolling as Tyson left the interview area, and afterward, he was crying and apologizing for crying. 

How Mike Tyson coped with this loss

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After binging on cocaine to cope, Tyson sought for a more permanent solution to his pain, and that was in his future wife, Lakiha Spicer. The bond between the two strengthened after this tragic event, and a little more than a week after his daughter’s death, the two were married. 

Spicer has since helped the former champion turn his life around. He went from throwing crazy drug-fueled parties to being a relatively sober guy. Tyson just smokes weed now, and he even has his own business in the weed industry. On top of that, the two have two children with one another, a daughter named Milan and a son named Morocco. 

Milan and Morocco joined Tyson’s large family, which includes his other kids from his past marriages and relationships. His other kids are named, according to FanBuzz, Mikey Lorna, Miguel, Rayna, and Amir. That said, according to The New York Times, he also considers himself as the father to Gena, who’s the biological daughter of his ex-wife, Monica Turner.

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‘Be Like Mike’ jingle almost didn’t happen, says creator

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NEW YORK — “The Last Dance,” ESPN’s docuseries detailing the 1998 and final season of the Chicago Bulls championship dynasty, has served as a reminder to basketball fans of the greatness of Michael Jordan on the court. While it’s showcased Jordan’s dominance between baselines, it’s also shed light on his worldwide marketing allure.

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Although the Hall-of-Famer starred in many memorable commercials throughout the 1990s for major brands such McDonald’s “Nothing But Net” spot and Nike’s “Failure” ad, one of his most famous may be Gatorade’s “Be Like Mike” commercial.

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But if it weren’t inadvertently for the Walt Disney corporation, the melodic jingle would’ve never been made.

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“My whole goal in advertising, I told my wife right when I got into it, was I just wanted to create a little sliver of pop culture somewhere along the line,” said Bernie Pitzel, the advertising executive who created the song. “Everybody knows I’ve been saying that for years. And they go, ‘Well, I think you did it’.”

In 1992, Pitzel was working for Chicago-based ad agency Bayer Bess Vanderwarker and tasked with overseeing a spot for Jordan that they had already created. Pitzel thought it was lackluster and too similar to Jordan’s early Nike commercials.

But he became inspired as his children watched Disney’s 1967 film “The Jungle Book.” After changing a few lines of the song “I Wanna Be Like You” and presenting a mock-up, all parties settled on his idea.

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After filming visuals for the commercial, there was one last hurdle to cross: convincing Disney to allow them to use the “Jungle Book” music; Pitzel said they wanted too much money to approve it (a rep for Disney said they could not confirm Pitzel’s account as it was decades ago).

With the season scheduled to start soon and the agency unsure of the next move, Pitzel went to a favorite restaurant where he frequently brainstormed. He jotted down the lyrics for the jingle on a paper tablecloth, and then faxed a few music production houses while still at the restaurant. He settled on a melody the next day with the music and singing all performed by session singers.

“I heard that instrumental opening that I’m like, ‘Oh, my God. We got it,’ Pitzel said. “As it turned out, it was way better that I wrote the song because that’s what people remember. If we’d just done it with the ‘Jungle Book’ music, it would have been a cute little spot, but it never would have resonated like it did.”

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Now retired in Phoenix, Pitzel had fond memories of working on that project—his kids appear in the commercial and played one-on-one with Jordan during takes.

While he thought the spot was great and witnessed it become a pop culture staple, he couldn’t have predicted it would still be discussed nearly three decades later. When asked what goes into a creating an iconic ad, he says it’s not much different than the ingredients of winning a championship.

“You just gotta believe in it. You gotta put your soul into it,” Pitzel said. “You gotta put your heart in it, and then you’ve gotta get some luck.”

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Inside Mike Tyson’s comeback from Aussie promoter who tempted 53-year-old boxing icon out of retirement – The Sun

ONLY Mike Tyson could be on the cusp of a multi-million pound comeback in the middle of a lockdown and recession.

The Baddest Man on the Planet is now 53 and 15 years retired but his possible ring return is the biggest story around.

Now a happily married podcast host and cannabis advocate — looking to open his own puff paradise resort over 400 California acres — Tyson seems far happier in retirement than he was in the ring.

After the death of his mentor Cus D’Amato, the split from trainer Kevin Rooney, the three-year prison sentence and a toxic time under the spell of promoter Don King, the youngest champ in heavyweight  history fell apart.

In a very public meltdown, around £350million was blown, part of fellow American Evander Holyfield’s ear was bitten off in a 1997 bout and, aged 38, Iron Mike lost his last two professional fights as a ghost of the ring monster he once was.

Following a slow rebuilding process, cameo appearances in the smash-hit Hangover film franchise and a resurgence in popularity thanks to social media, Tyson finally seems in a settled mental space.

But a return to boxing training, a A$1million offer from Down Under and news from 57-year-old Holyfield that he is returning for some Covid-19 charity bouts, has got Tyson’s personal Project Restart off the ground.

Tyson’s former coach Jeff Fenech insists, with just six weeks’ training, his veteran ex-charge could demolish 34-year-old Deontay Wilder in 60 seconds in what would be a mega-money showdown.

And new trainer Rafael Cordeiro, who has been working for him for four weeks, claims Tyson — who first won the world title as a 20-year-old —  could fight anyone with another five months of preparation.

The first genuine offer is from Aussie promoter Brian Amatruda, who asked top agent Max Markson to offer Tyson around £500,000 for an exhibition bout against New Zealand rugby icon Sonny Bill Williams.

Markson, who arranged a 2012 Tyson tour in Australia, told SunSport: “He was a superstar then and interest is just as fervent.

“I am looking forward to bringing him back to Australia for another tour and exhibition fight for charity.

“I’m hoping it’ll be late 2020 or early 2021.”

For all the good deeds and donations, if a more predatory matchmaker from a less stringent region gets a whiff of a comeback, they will only see dollar signs.

But Frank Warren, who promoted two Tyson fights in the UK in 2000, says a serious professional return makes no sense.

Warren claimed: “At Mike’s age and time out of the ring, a professional return will not be considered by any reputable board or state.

“But sadly there will definitely be a rich circus master out there who wants to put on a freak show and Mike would be a huge attraction.

“If it’s to raise money then that is an admirable thing but real Mike Tyson fans should not be tricked into buying into a professional bout anywhere, it would be ridiculous.

“Mike has said that smoking £33,000 worth of cannabis a month has helped him control his issues but it won’t help him pass a drugs test to fight anywhere legitimate.

“I loved watching Paul Gascoigne play football but it would be cruel to put him in a professional game now.

“It would embarrass him and  tarnish his legacy — the same can be said for Tyson.”

Tyson said on social media that him being offered a fight against Williams is "totally false."

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Mike Tyson in talks with Shannon Briggs over bizarre ‘tag-team’ boxing match against Klitschko brothers or David Haye – The Sun

MIKE TYSON could return to boxing in a bizarre 'tag-team' match partnering Shannon Briggs.

And the Klitschko brothers, or one of them alongside David Haye could be their opponents.


That's the wacky idea floated by Briggs in an Instagram live video recently.

Boxing fans around the world are getting excited that Iron Mike could return to the sport that saw him feared for years.

The iconic puncher, now 53, has revealed he will make a comeback – 15 years after retiring – to compete in exhibition bouts for charity.

But after showing off some fearsome hand-speed in a lockdown training session recently, some are suggesting he could return as a pro.


He has even been offered $1million to fight rugby union star Sonny Bill Williams, who has had seven pro fights himself, all wins.

Tyson has also been offered a rematch by Danny Williams – 16 years after being knocked out by the Brit.

Williams, 46, had a record 31-3 at the time he shocked Tyson but has lost 25 times since, fighting as recently as November in Germany.

Now heavyweight Briggs, 48, who is not yet retired from boxing despite not fighting for three years, has come up with a plan.

In a video he shared on Insta, 'The Cannon' said: “I talked to Mike [Tyson], we’re talking about it, if we can bring it into fruition then it’s a go.

“We’re better all put in as a tag team, Mike Tyson and Shannon Briggs verses the Klitschko brothers, or David Haye, let him replace his brother.

“Tag team literally, you could tag them in like (you see in) wrestling."

David Haye, the former WBA heavyweight champion, retired in 2018 after two devastating defeats to Brit rival Tony Bellew.

Wladimir Klitschko called it quits in 2017 after being KO'd by Anthony Joshua in front of 80,000 at Wembley Stadium.

He famously easily outpointed Haye in 2011 with the Brit blaming the defeat on a broken little toe.

And his brother Vitali retired as WBC champ in 2012 to pursue a career in politics in his native Ukraine.

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Mike Pence DOES wear mask on visit to ventilator facility after second lady said he ‘was unaware of Mayo Clinic policy’ – The Sun

VICE President Mike Pence donned a face mask as he toured a ventilator production facility on Thursday – just days after coming under fire for not wearing one at the Mayo Clinic.

Pence wore the covering as he visited a General Motors/Ventec facility in Kokomo, Indiana, having previously claimed he was not aware of the Mayo Clinic's mask policy when he chose not to wear one.


The Kokomo facility Pence was visiting had previously been closed because of coronavirus concerns, only to be brought back online in mid-April to help produce ventilators.

According to Jim Cain, a company spokesman, General Motors requires workers to wear masks in the plant's production area.

During a roundtable with top officials, though, Pence, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Ventec CEO Chris Kiple and others chose not to wear face coverings.

On Tuesday, Pence visited the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, where he broke the hospital's policy and did not wear a mask.

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Footage from the vice president's visit showed Pence without a mask as a met a Mayo employee who had recovered from COVID-19 and was now donating plasma.

Everyone else in the room appeared to be wearing masks during the discussion, and Pence also opted to remain maskless as he visited a lab where Mayo conducts coronavirus tests.

Mayo tweeted that it had informed the Vice President of its mask policy before his arrival, only for the tweet to later be removed.

On Thursday, Pence's wife, Karen Pence, defended her husband's decision not to wear a mask.

Mrs. Pence told Fox News Channel that he had been unaware of the hospital’s coronavirus policy during the visit and that the vice president has been following the advice of medical experts.

Pence, like other senior White House staff, is tested for the virus at least once a week.

Karen Pence said: “As our medical experts have told us, wearing a mask prevents you from spreading the disease. And knowing that he doesn’t have COVID-19, he didn’t wear one.

She added that it “was actually after he left Mayo Clinic that he found out that they had a policy of asking everyone to wear a mask.

“So, you know, someone who’s worked on this whole task force for over two months is not someone who would have done anything to offend anyone or hurt anyone or scare anyone."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as in supermarkets, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

President Donald Trump has previously expressed his discomfort about wearing a mask.

When the CDC's recommendations were unveiled, the president went as far as to say that he did not intend to wear one – though he has since said he may wear one when he travels to Arizona next week.

Addressing reporters Thursday, Trump asked whether it would be appropriate to wear a mask while giving a speech.

He said: "“Should I speak in the mask?” he asked. “You’re going to have to tell me if that’s politically correct. I don’t know. If it is, I’ll speak in a mask.”


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Mike Tyson knew he’d hit rock-bottom when he beat up 7 prostitutes while high on cocaine with morphine drip in his arm – The Sun

MIKE TYSON has declared he knew he hit rock-bottom following an incident in 2009 which involved seven prostitutes, cocaine and a morphine drip in his arm.

The former world heavyweight has revealed he started beating the women up after becoming paranoid they were about to steal from him.

The 53-year-old – who recently stated he is back in training amid plans to compete in exhibition bouts for charity – has claimed that from that night on, he has turned his life around.

Speaking to Las Vegas Weekly in 2012, he said: "Laying in bed in a hotel room – I try never to be alone, even if it’s a prostitute, a dog.

"This is really dark. I am in my hotel suite, I’ve got seven women there, and I have a morphine drip, and I had my cocaine, and I had my (Viagra like pill) Cialis, I had my marijuana, I had the Hennessy.

"And I am at my lowest point because I got paranoid and I thought these women were trying to rob me and set me up.

"I started beating them. I was in a dark place. There was a purpose, though, because I didn’t want to give them any more of my soul.

"So this is my devil, this is where I am, I am locked up alone. There is nobody there telling me that I’m doing too much.

"That is the devil, he won. I kicked them all out. So that was my lowest point. Oh, man. I am just very grateful to be here – my heart should have blown apart.

"I was sweating wide awake. No more cocaine. No more. Three years clean."


In a discussion with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard last month, Tyson admitted how he is still fearful of his former self coming out as he claimed to being "scared" of the person he once was.

Tyson – who once offered a zookeeper £9,000 to let him have a fight with a gorilla – declared in March how he is looking forward to death.

Known to be a lover of big cats, Tyson's former trainer Jeff Fenech sensationally revealed how the American locked him in a cage with one of his pet tigers.

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Mike Pence Didn't Wear A Face Mask At The Mayo Clinic Even Though They Require Everyone To Wear One

Vice President Mike Pence visits the molecular testing lab at Mayo Clinic Tuesday.

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Vice President Mike Pence ignored a Mayo Clinic policy that requires everyone to wear a face covering during a visit to the Rochester, Minnesota, hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Photos and video of Pence’s visit, which included meeting health care workers and a roundtable on the response to the coronavirus pandemic, showed that the vice president was the only person not wearing a face mask. Shortly after the images began to circulate on social media, the Mayo Clinic’s official Twitter account said that Pence had been told about its mask policy before he arrived.

In addition to clinic staff, all members of Pence’s entourage also wore face masks.

The Mayo Clinic deleted its tweet minutes after it posted.

Despite deleted the tweet, a spokesperson with Mayo Clinic told BuzzFeed News the Vice President’s office was informed about their mask policy. The spokesperson did not say why the tweet was deleted.

Since April 13, the Mayo Clinic has been requiring all patients and visitors at their campuses to wear a mask or face covering in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“Patients and visitors are asked to bring their own face covering or mask to wear,” the clinic stated in a statement announcing the policy. “If a patient or visitor does not have a mask, Mayo Clinic will provide one.”

Vice President Mike Pence, speaks with Dennis Nelson, a patient who survived the coronavirus.

Pence, who chairs the White House coronavirus task force, was touring the facility to learn more about Mayo’s research on and treatment of COVID-19. He was accompanied by the FDA’s Dr. Stephen Hahn.

Video from C-SPAN shows Pence meeting with at least 10 people in one large room, including a clinic employee who has recovered from COVID-19. Pence is the only person not wearing a mask.

In the roundtable discussion later in the day, officials including Gov. Tim Walz and Mayo Clinic leaders are still wearing face coverings, while Pence is still not wearing a mask.

Vice President Mike Pence visits the Mayo Clinic Tuesday.

The vice president’s office did not immediately responded to BuzzFeed News inquiries about why Pence was not wearing a mask during his visit.

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