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Australian Promoter Is Trying To Bring Mike Tyson Down Under For Charity Fight

Australian Promoter Is Trying To Bring Mike Tyson Down Under For Charity Fight

Despite Mike Tyson being in his 50s, he's shown lately that he can still get himself into impressive shape.

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The former boxer has also suggested he would be open to the idea of returning to the ring for charity.

That's piqued the interest of one Australian promoter who has worked with the likes of Danny Green, Lucas Browne and Anthony Mundine.

Brian Amatruda has started working on Tyson's people to get the big man to come Down Under for a charity fight.

The prospective opponent has yet to be confirmed, but Barry Hall, Paul Gallen and Sonny Bill Williams have been touted as possible contenders.

Amatruda has told the Daily Mail: "I'd hold it at Melbourne Arena where we'd get over 10,000 or even Princes Park where they got 30,000 for Jeff Fenech versus Azumah Nelson.

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Credit: Instagram
Credit: Instagram

"It would be enormous."

"The first thing I did was contact [celebrity agent] Max Markson and ask him to offer Tyson $1 million. Max brought him to Australia in 2012. He gets on well with him and his wife but the main thing is that he got him a visa to get into the country back then and that's the key."

Tyson indeed came to Australia eight years ago however was denied a visa to New Zealand because he was convicted of rape in America in 1992.

Brian admits the coronavirus pandemic means plans won't be able to get underway any time soon, however they want to get the paperwork ready so that it's all set for when restrictions ease.

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He reckons if Tyson is keen, a charity fight could be arranged for early next year.

Tyson in 1988. Credit: PA
Tyson in 1988. Credit: PA

Even though he's 53 years old, he still looks like he could pack a punch. The former fighter appeared in a new snap alongside Muay Thai trainer Rafael Cordeiro, in which you could see his muscular frame.

Fans of the boxer praised the transformation, with one posting: "He'll probably still beat every boxer in the game right now."

Another commented: "Looking at the transformation, I wouldn't be surprised if he gets ripped."

Just last week, the former heavyweight showed off his incredible speed, despite having been away from the ring for 15 years.

Mike Tyson in 2009. Credit: PA
Mike Tyson in 2009. Credit: PA

In a short clip shared to Instagram, he could be seen pummelling the pads with the speed and power he's well-known for.

Speaking to rapper T.I on Instagram Live, Tyson said: "I've been hitting the mitts for the last week. That's been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts.

"I've been working out, I've been trying to get in the ring, I think I'm going to box some exhibitions and get in shape.

"I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff.

"Some charity exhibitions, make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected motherf***er like me."

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Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.