Mike Tyson teases return to boxing: 'I'm back'

The Welshman has not fought since 2016

The Welshman has not fought since 2016

Tyson, 53, had been offered $3 million to fight Williams but the Daily Mail says Tyson was unimpressed when promoters floated the idea, saying if he got back into the ring it would be with a real boxer not a rugby player.

Holyfield was asked about his relationship with Tyson, more than two decades on from the shameful scenes in Las Vegas that saw Tyson disqualified from their second world title fight, and said the pair now get along.

"Mike has ruled out the prospect of the exhibition bout in Australia because he does not want to fight a cross-over athlete", the source said.

The Daily Mail reported that Australian celebrity agent Max Markson, who brought Tyson to Australia in 2012 and was negotiating with his handlers on behalf of Amatruda, had received a message from Tyson's people saying the American wasn't interested because of the quality of the suggested opponents.

An Australian promoter had offered Williams $1 million to fight Tyson, which Williams accepted - but not Tyson.

"Mike felt it would be an insult to boxing if he fought a footballer", Markson said. Tyson could also cash in by making an appearance tour around other Australian cities.

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Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson continued to tease boxing fans about a possible return to the ring by posting another training video on Instagram on Monday that ended with the message, "I'm back".

Williams had said it would be "an honour" to climb into the ring with Tyson but the feeling was not mutual.

"I grew up watching Tyson and his fights", said Williams.

(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website).

Unfortunately for Williams his career highlight won't materialise, with a representative for Tyson confirming to English outlet The Sun that such a fight was a flight of fancy. "It would be a humbling and surreal moment in my life to stare at him and know I was facing one of the greats of the sport".

Former Australian world champion Jeff Fenech has expressed concern for Williams should he get in the ring with Tyson saying it would risky for Williams given the difference in professional experience between the two.

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