British heavyweight Dillian Whyte has urged Mike Tyson to think again about returning to the sport later this year, fearing the 53-year-old could be killed in the ring.
Speculation the boxing legend could make a return to the sport has been rife for week, thanks to a series of impressive workout videos posted by Tyson and former rival Evander Holyfield.
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Tyson was first heavyweight to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF belts and later became the lineal champion.
The former champ retired from boxing after losing his last fight, to Kevin McBride in 2005, but revealed last month that he is in training for a four-round exhibition charity bout.
In an interview for talkSport, Whyte said said the idea of Tyson fighting again was ‘silly’ and took aim at WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman for encouraging it.
“It’s silly. If they can’t sanction a fight with me for three years, why the hell are they going to sanction a fight with a 53-year-old man and a 31-year-old man?
“It makes no sense. That’s silly. Mauricio and I are cool, but it’s a very silly thing to say. He shouldn’t be encouraging it.
“What if he comes back and dies in the ring? What’s going to happen then?
“We’ve already got enough darkness and enough mud thrown on the sport as it is, we don’t need any more.”
Mike Tyson mocked over wrestling gaffe
Former boxing champ Mike Tyson became a punchline when he struggled to tear off his shirt at a recent live pro wrestling match.
The staged confrontation had Tyson getting in the face of Chris Jericho during All Elite Wrestling’s Dynamite show from Jacksonville, Florida, on TNT.
But as Tyson attempted to rip the T-shirt from his torso, the shirt fought back.
He simply couldn’t get the thing off and finally gave up, flexing his biceps.
“Yeah, you look good,” Jericho said.
Fans let Tyson have it over the gaffe.
I think there's more efficient ways of taking off a shirt
— Geoff (@KestrelYYC) May 28, 2020
Tyson, no stranger to wrestling, last appeared in the squared circle with Jericho in 2010 during an episode of WWE’s “Monday Night Raw.”
The two were teamed together in a match against D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) when Tyson turned his back on Jericho and punched him the face, aligning with DX in the process.