Mike Tyson urged to analyse reason behind comeback by boxing legend John Conteh

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Mike Tyson urged to analyse reason behind comeback by boxing legend John Conteh

Mike Tyson has been told to look within himself and question what really makes him want to get back into the ring by boxing legend John Conteh.

Tyson, 54, will lace up his gloves for the first time in 15 years to face Roy Jones Jr, 51, in an exhibition bout on November 28.

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Tyson has rebuilt that chiselled physique ahead of his return

While the pair won’t be trying to take each other’s heads off when they meet in California, ‘Iron Mike’ has been taking his preparation very seriously.

Fans have been stunned by his dramatic body transformation during lockdown, which included electric shock therapy to ensure he’s in shape.

Some theorists expect the exhibition fight to act as a gateway to a more serious comeback for Tyson, given his astonishing work on the pads during training sessions with famous MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro.

Tyson was the most fearsome fighter on the planet in his heyday

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Tyson was the most fearsome fighter on the planet in his heyday

And he wouldn’t be the first. George Foreman won the world title at 45 following ten years away from boxing, while others such as Nigel Benn were less successful.

It seems many fighters feel the need to fill a void that has been created upon retirement from boxing, and Conteh, the former light-heavyweight world champion, admits he was tempted to come back as well.

And while the 69-year-old is interested to see the explosive former heavyweight king do it again, he urges Tyson to think about the reasons behind his comeback and consider exploring them in safer ways.

Mike Tyson looks ferocious in training montage aged 53

Speaking at Maurice Newman’s charity golf day in support of Great Ormond Street, Conteh told talkSPORT: “To physically come back and start fighting, I don’t really see the point in it, other than the money.

“If he feels he’s got nothing in his life to do, and that’s the way out to deal with his life.

“It’s a threat to him. Why would you do that? You can make the money in a different way.

“There was no way I would’ve done that. It was all or nothing for me.

Conteh was WBC light-heavyweight world champion from 1974 to 1978

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Conteh was WBC light-heavyweight world champion from 1974 to 1978

“There was a time when I was tempted, so I can easily understand people who would be open to half coming back. But you’ve got to analyse why.

“You’re confronting an issue that you dealt with when you were young, but you’re using different tools.

“If a hammer’s the only tool you’ve got in the bag, you tend to treat every problem like a nail.

“It’ll be interesting just to watch and see what will happen. I’m not knocking it, I’m just saying analyse it.”

Maurice Newman has been raising vital funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital for over 50 years. Click HERE to donate.




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