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28 November 2020 04:47

American former heavyweight world champion Tyson, 54, returns to the ring for the first time since 2005.

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Mike Tyson: Former heavyweight champ through the years

And speaking of Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis might have been thinking too much about a dream fight with Iron Mike when he stepped into the ring with Hasim Rahman in April 2001. And he certainly paid for it as Rahman pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the history of the heavyweight division that night in South Africa by knocking out Lewis to become the heavyweight champion of the world. RELATED: What Took Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis So Long to Fight? Rahman had won some lower-level heavyweight titles in the 1990s but really hadn't fought many big names until he met up with David Tua for the first time in 1998, a bout he lost via 10th-round TKO, which was the first loss of his career. Coming into the fight with Hasim Rahman, Lewis hadn't lost a fight in more than six years, the only non-victory in that time being a draw with Evander Holyfield in the first of their two amazing battles.

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Hasim Rahman shocked the world to become heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman came into the fight with Lennox Lewis as a 20-1 underdog but surprised everyone by winning the first round of the fight. Lennox Lewis began the fifth round essentially stalking Hasim Rahman and it appeared as if he was trying to set up a big knockout of the challenger. But Rahman avoided the big shots from Lewis and turned the tables on the bigger champion. With about 45 seconds remaining in the round, Rahman threw five straight left jabs to send Lewis into the ropes and then connected with a monstrous right hand that sent the champion to the canvas. 10 seconds later, Hasim Rahman was the heavyweight champion of the world.

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RELATED: Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis Snubbed One Another When Naming Their Toughest Opponent of All Time Lewis finally got his match with Mike Tyson the following summer while Rahman next fought Evander Holyfield. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Tyson stepped onto a spotlighted stage Friday and weighed in at 220 pounds, ripping off his shirt to reveal a muscled torso that could belong to an athlete of half his 54 years. The former heavyweight champion moved into a COVID-protective glass box and went nose-to-nose with Roy Jones Jr., once the most talented fighter in the world. "This is the fun part," said Tyson, who will fight for the first time in 15 years. "Maybe I don't know how to go easy," Tyson said.

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"I don't look at life as age," Tyson said. He admits the younger Tyson never would have believed he would be a middle-aged husband and father who needed to lose 100 pounds two years ago, because that headstrong kid from Brooklyn had never thought that far ahead. "This is a part of my life that I had pretty much thrown away," Tyson said. "I want to do it now," Tyson said. "I was freaking out," said the 36-year-old Robinson, no stranger to freakish athletic feats as a three-time winner of the NBA Slam Dunk contest at 5-foot-9.

When he got an offer to be the opponent in Tyson's comeback, Jones couldn't resist the chance to fight a legend he never got to meet during a career spent mostly at light heavyweight. Tyson and Jones are returning to a new world of boxing fandom and consumption. "You've got to remember, I'm 23, and this is the first time that people my age will be able to experience a Mike Tyson fight live," Paul said. Jones said he hopes to fight mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva next "if this one goes well," while Tyson will go wherever this strange trip takes him next. "Me being here is already a success," Tyson said. Mike Tyson returns to boxing at age 54 on saturday with an eight-round fight against 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. at Los Angeles Mike Tyson says he never imagined as a heavyweight boxing champion that he would climb into the ring with Roy Jones Jr. at age 54 as he does on Saturday. Fifteen years after retiring with a 2005 loss to journeyman Kevin McBride, Tyson makes a comeback after dropping 100 pounds and returning to training. It was so intense," Tyson said Friday in a news conference ahead of the eight-round fight in Los Angeles. Tyson said his hunger has returned 15 years after finishing his career. Tyson, 50-6 with 44 knockouts, plans to take the fight to 51-year-old Jones, 66-9 with 47 knockouts, from the start. "I'm just going to go right at him at the bell and see what happens," Tyson said. Jones, whose last fight was a 2018 cruiserweight victory, plans to take some time to sort out how much of "Iron Mike" remains in Tyson. Asked how hard he can punch, Tyson replied, "We're going to see" and said he's ready to adapt if Jones attacks quickly--"I'm going to Plan B - punch him back." Tyson lost his last world title fight to Lennox Lewis in 2002 and faded from the scene before a desire to get back into shape evolved into more. It's the craziest thing," Jones said. Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr weigh in before their exhibition bout this weekend in Los Angeles. American former heavyweight world champion Tyson, 54, returns to the ring for the first time since 2005.