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Boxing: Mike Tyson Return and Betting Odds

Mike Tyson poses in a photoshoot

The COVID-19 pandemic has people acting crazy during self-quarantine as some attempt to entertain themselves while others look to bring joy to others. At this point, I’m not sure which side of things that “Iron” Mike Tyson stands on but the recent viral video of him hitting mitts has the world wondering if a return to the ring is on the horizon for “The Baddest Man on the Planet.”

As you can see, the former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion still has tremendous speed and power that sends shivers down your spine. It also got promoters excited at the possibility of seeing Tyson in action once again. Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship president David Feldman reportedly offered the knockout artist a cool $20 million to compete in their promotion.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has released odds on whether Tyson will compete in BKFC, with “Yes” set at +160 and “No” coming back at -230.

Will Mike Tyson Fight in a BKFC Match in 2020?
OptionOdds
Yes+160
No-230

Odds as of May 14 at BetOnline

Is Mike Tyson Making A Return?

Not long ago, Iron Mike was on Joe Rogan’s JRE Experience Podcast and he remarked that he didn’t want to fight again and in fact didn’t even want to hold mitts because it brought out a dark side in him.

Shortly after, Tyson was seen showing some fantastic head movement and elusiveness against UFC heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou. Now, as seen in the video off the top, Mike is hitting mitts with Rafael Cordeiro, the head coach of Kings MMA in California, and a return may not be out of the question.

The former champ is now 53 years old and we have seen many boxers and MMA fighters want to make a comeback or continue to compete far longer than they should have. However, Tyson, who hasn’t competed since he was stopped by Kevin McBride in June 2011, says he would be willing to return to the ring for a charity event, though unfortunately for the Bare Knuckle FC organization, I can’t imagine it would be for a bare-knuckle fight, so the “No” at -230 would be the better bet.

Who Would Be Tyson’s Return Opponent?

Once again, online sportsbook BetOnline has listed odds for three potential opponents for Tyson under the BKFC umbrella.

Mike Tyson vs Shannon Briggs Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Mike Tyson-150
Shannon Briggs+110

Odds as of May 14 at BetOnline

Mike Tyson vs Hector Lombard Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Mike Tyson+200
Hector Lombard-300

Odds as of May 14 at BetOnline

Mike Tyson vs Bobby Gunn Betting Odds
FighterOdds
Mike Tyson-200
Bobby Gunn+150

Odds as of May 14 at BetOnline

Of course, of those three options, Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs would be the most likely opponent, being the closest in age to Tyson and having been in the ring with the likes of George Foreman and Lennox Lewis back in 1998.

That said, there is a little bit of history with longtime bare-knuckle boxer Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn. The Canadian has had more than 60 bare-knuckle fights and about three years ago, Tyson remarked that a bout with Gunn “would be a hell of a pay-per-view event and we could make a lot of money.” As mentioned above, though, I find it really hard to believe that Iron Mike would compete in a bare-knuckle bout, but perhaps Gunn would entertain a fight with 16-ounce gloves.

A bout that isn’t on the list but I think has legitimate legs to a potential charity fight would be the trilogy with Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield. Of course, these two are probably most known for their bout in 1997 when Tyson bit off a part of Holyfield’s ear following unchecked headbutts. Both Iron Mike and The Real Deal have claimed that they would be open to a charity match. They have a familiarity with each other and Holyfield is 57 years old himself so I wouldn’t anticipate a 12-round high-paced brawl.

Mike Tyson Betting Odds History

Mike Tyson fight Odds & Results
ResultOpponentOddsMethodRoundTime
LossKevin McBride-800RTD63:00
LossDanny Williams-1400KO42:51
WinClifford Etienne-900KO10:49
LossLennox Lewis+175KO82:25
WinBrian NielsenN/ARTD63:00
NCAndre Golota-375RTD33:00
WinLou SavareseN/ATKO10:38
WinJulius Francis-1600TKO21:03
NCOrlin Norris-1200DQ13:00
WinFrancois BothaN/AKO52:59
LossEvander Holyfield-200DQ33:00
LossEvander Holyfield-1800TKO110:37
WinBruce Seldon-2200TKO11:49
WinFrank Bruno-400TKO30:50
WinBuster Mathis Jr.-2500KO32:32
WinPeter McNeeley-2200DQ11:29
WinDonovan Ruddock-400UD123:00
WinDonovan Ruddock-500TKO72:22
WinAlex Stewart-950TKO12:27
WinHenry Tillman-2500KO12:47
LossBuster Douglas-4300KO101:22
WinCarl Williams-2000TKO11:33
WinFrank Bruno-750TKO52:55
WinMichael Spinks-400KO11:31
WinTony Tubbs-1400TKO22:54
WinLarry Holmes-800KO42:55