It’s been 15 years since his last fight.

It’s been 17 years since his last victory.

Yet somehow, a month before his 54th birthday, Mike Tyson is again the hottest name in boxing.

The ex-king of the heavyweights has titillatied a pandemic-starved sports crowd with videos of recent training sessions and rumblings that he’s interested in a return to the ring.

Oscar De La Hoya has suggested Tyson would KO today’s best big men, while two-time conqueror Evander Holyfield has pondered the idea of engaging his old foe in an exhibition match and an Australian promoter has offered a slate of Down Under rugby players as co-stars for a comeback circus.

Meanwhile, in England, another man insists he’s the most logical choice if the resurrection is for real.

“I’m 47 now and I think the fans deserve to see a swansong between two fighters that everyone knows,” said Danny Williams, the Londoner who stopped Tyson, then 38, in four rounds when they met in Louisville in 2004. “I’m looking for one last big payday to go out in style.”

Williams, who turned pro 25 years ago this October, has since run his career total to 82 fights – including at least one bout in each calendar year through 2019. In fact, he fought four times last year, losing twice and winning twice, most recently blowing Austrian pretender Mehmed Crnalic away in just 95 seconds.

The loss sent Crnalic’s dubious record to 0-9 – all by KO/TKO in three rounds or less – since his debut in 2015.

But not surprisingly, Tyson’s reappearance on the fight game’s horizon gave Williams and Co. a jolt of adrenaline and instantly sent their marketing minds into motion – complete with a prospective rematch tagline.

“The idea came immediately,” said Gilesy Carter, who’s putting in double time with Team Williams as both a legal representative and a member of his corner team. “Danny is the only active fighter who’s defeated Mike, so we thought it’s the perfect opportunity for him to try and gain revenge.

“’Repeat or Revenge’ would be an appropriate name for the fight card.”

Williams parlayed his Tyson win into an immediate shot against then-WBC champ Vitali Klitschko, who dropped him in the first, third and seventh rounds before finishing the job in the eighth at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Only one more stateside appearance has followed – in 2008 – as Williams has taken to crisscrossing the Eastern Hemisphere with fights in 13 countries, plus the UK, since 2005.

Among the locales stamped into his passport include Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Latvia, Romania, the United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Kazakhstan.

Carter said he and Williams go back to their days at the Peacock Gym in London, where the fighter was being trained by Jimmy Tibbs. The two spend time together these days at the BB Fight Club, and Carter worked Williams’ corner for the first-round defeat of Crnalic in Offenbach, Germany.

“My roles are to get him sparring, hardcore training and to match him in the correct fights for the best money possible,” Carter said. “We’ve spoken to major-league matchmakers in America and they have stated that as long as Tyson is going to come back, then we're highly likely to get the fight.”

Williams began his career with 15 straight wins before dropping a 12-round points decision to eventual Tyson victim Julius Francis in 1999. He followed with 12 straight wins – including a fourth-round TKO over Francis – before a sixth-round TKO loss to Sinan Samil Sam in 2003.

Four more wins in five fights preceded the Tyson triumph, in which Williams trailed on all three scorecards before battering the ex-champ with heavy combinations late in the fourth and eventually dropping him with a right hand. Exhausted and bleeding from the right eye, Tyson slumped against the ropes and stumbled as he tried to stand as referee Dennis Alfred waved it off at 2:51.

He fought once more a year later and again was stopped, this time by Kevin McBride in six.

Williams, who’s beaten four fighters with winning records – and lost to 15 – since the end of 2010, concedes that a match against a vintage Tyson would not have gone as well as the 2004 meeting.

“In his prime, he would have beat me in a round,” he said. “Now is more a fair go. We both got older.”

If a return bout doesn’t occur, he claimed a trip to the U.S. and a date with Minnesota-based Joey Abell is on the post-pandemic radar before he finally calls it quits. Abell, who turned 38 in January, has 33 KOs in 35 wins since turning pro in 2005. Most notably, however, he was dropped four times by Tyson Fury in a fourth-round TKO loss in 2014 – three fights before Fury dethroned Wladimir Klitschko.

“If (Tyson) doesn’t materialize,” Williams said, “then one more big one and out.”

Carter, meanwhile, will keep banging the drum and waiting for the phone to ring.

“We’ve gone through an intermediary but would like big coverage to get this fight on,” he said, claiming he’s spoken to someone who makes matches for ESPN, Top Rank, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. “We need to reach out to Mike. Just get the call out now so he knows we want it and are available. (Danny is) the only active fighter who’s beaten him in the world.

“We’re ready and waiting.”

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This week’s title-fight schedule:

No title fights scheduled.

Last week's picks: None

2020 picks record: 14-3 (82.3 percent)

Overall picks record: 1,130-368 (75.4 percent)

NOTE: Fights previewed are only those involving a sanctioning body's full-fledged title-holder – no interim, diamond, silver, etc. Fights for WBA "world championships" are only included if no "super champion" exists in the weight class.

Lyle Fitzsimmons has covered professional boxing since 1995 and written a weekly column for Boxing Scene since 2008. He is a full voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter – @fitzbitz.