Eddie Hearn gives verdict on promoting Mike Tyson as comeback vs Evander Holyfield mooted
Eddie Hearn has given his support to former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson, but insists he doesn’t want to see the 53-year-old return to the ring professionally. Tyson has recently admitted he wants to come back to boxing, with reports suggesting he could fight Evander Holyfield.
Tyson has been back in training in recent weeks and has stunned boxing fans with his physique.
The former heavyweight hasn’t fought since 2005 when he lost to Kevin McBride at the age of 38.
But he has recently hinted at a comeback, and has reportedly discussed a potential trilogy fight with Holyfield.
However, Hearn insists he won’t play any part in it if Tyson makes a comeback.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he joked that he would love to be able to say he promoted ‘Iron Mike’, but doesn’t want to see the 53-year-old try to turn pro again.
The Matchroom Boxing chief joked that his involvement in YouTube stars KSI and Logan Paul’s fight shows he’s willing to try other avenues of promotion, he has no interest in Tyson fighting again.
Hearn said: “We all know my head can be turned for a few quid! You saw my KSI vs Logan Paul fight which I got stick for, but it was a roaring success and I really enjoyed it. It taught me a lot.
“Imagine if I said: ‘Mike Tyson is returning to the ring and I will promote him!’
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“The stick I’d get would be unbelievable. It’s not something I’m looking to do.
“I expect him to come back in some sort of exhibition, or something like that.
“Is that good or enjoyable? I suppose it’s intriguing.
“Tyson looked fantastic on the pads but he’s 53.
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“Look at his last fight against Kevin McBride. He won’t be able to compete at [a high level].
“It’s good to see him training, he’s in great shape.
“If it keeps him happy then why not keep training? I wouldn’t like to see him fight in the ring professionally.”
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