After a recent workout video of his went viral, Mike Tyson is getting plenty of attention and phone calls. Tyson recently posted a video of him hitting pads with Kings MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro and that led to not only viral buzz, but also potential fight buzz.
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) May 1, 2020
Soon after the video took over the internet, it was reported that Tyson was offered $1 million for a charity event to fight a former Australian rugby star who has switched over to boxing. That offer has reportedly been trumped in a major way, but Tyson would be fighting without gloves in this promotion.
Heavy.com was first to report that Bare Knuckle FC has offered ‘Iron Mike’ $20 million to take part in a fight with the promotion. BKFC President Dave Feldman spoke to the website about their offer and said that they are open to working with the legendary boxer in any capacity that they could make happen.
“While we did make a guaranteed offer of $20 million for Mike [Tyson] to fight for BKFC, we’re open to many different option as to how we can work together. Obviously the excitement of seeing Mike’s video showing himself training and desire to participate in exhibitions inspired us to reach out and make the offer.” (h/t Heavy.com)
Tyson wouldn’t be the first boxer to come over to the bare-knuckle world as former champion Shannon Briggs was signed with the promotion back in April, but there has been no word on when Briggs will debut or who his opponent will be when events begin to take place again.
Now at 53-years old, Mike Tyson has not fought since 2005 when he lost to Kevin McBride as he decided to end it by quitting at the end of the sixth round. Known for his legendary knockout power, Tyson is still the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history and holds the third-longest reign for a unified champion in the division’s history.
There is no word on a response from Tyson to BKFC’s offer, but it’s clear that the legendary boxer is now a hot commodity in the combat sports world. Earlier this year, Tyson passionately spoke on his ‘Hotboxin’ podcast about the sport of boxing and what drove him to be the fighter he was during his career.