Tyson’s too old for boxing

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Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight king, said on Monday that it was an easy decision to dust off his boxing gloves.

He has recently come under criticism that he is believed to be too old to make a comeback.

However, Tyson admitted during a press conference in New York that the exercise puts a lot of strain on his body.

The 57-year-old faces YouTuber Jake Paul on July 20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Tyson, who dominated the heavyweight division in the 1980s and 1990s, insisted he has no qualms about donning the gloves again. Even if it is almost two decades after his last professional fight in 2005.

β€œHe (Jake) is a new, up and coming boxer. I love to shake up the sports world and I’m doing it now. It’s just something I want to do,” Tyson said.

Tyson, who turns 58 in June, faces the 27-year-old Paul in a professional fight consisting of eight two-minute rounds. It was approved by the boxing authorities in Texas.

However, several members of the boxing community, including former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, have expressed their reservations about the fight and are concerned about Tyson’s well-being.

Paul, meanwhile, said he was ready to “baddest man on the planet” to put in the box chalk.

“A lot of people doubt me,” Paul said. “Age certainly doesn’t matter.”

“Mike has been boxing all his life and it’s second nature to him. I only do it for four years.”

Tyson also said he has no animosity towards his much younger opponent.

“I really like Jake, but once he’s in that clay, he has to fight like his life depends on it.”

The former heavyweight icon even said that follow-up fights are a possibility.

“Maybe we’ll do it again.”