During a recent interview with Joe Rogan, former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson reflected on what led to his planned in-ring return on November 28.
Tyson, 54-years-old, was scheduled to return this month in an exhibition bout with former four division champion Roy Jones Jr. Their showdown will be carried on pay-per-view.
The contest was pushed back to November 28 to secure additional time to properly promote the event.
Tyson has been out of the ring since 2005, when he was stopped by heavyweight journeyman Kevin McBride.
The retired boxer began the exploration of a comeback when he was offered a tremendous amount of money to fight MMA legend Bob Sapp.
“I was discussing with my wife something about me being overweight,” Tyson said. “And she said ‘Why don’t you just get on the treadmill for 15 minutes a day?’ but then it went from 15 minutes a day, to two hours a day.
“I just started losing weight, and my brother-in-law said ‘Hey Mike, I know you’re not going to want it but someone asked if you would fight this guy for 30 or 40 million bucks.’ I said ‘Get the fu…woah. Hold on. Who would they like me to fight?’ and (he said) it was Bob Sapp. I’m saying to myself ‘I know Bob, I know he’s big and strong.’ So I asked how they wanted me to fight him, if it would be Queensbury rules. He asked the guy, the guy said yes, and I said I would fight him.”
Several months ago, Tyson released a small clip to showcase his physical form and his intense training - and the video went viral all over the internet.
He explains that he was physically spent after shooting that particular video and needed several months to properly condition his body for a fight.
“Getting in shape and getting conditioned are two different animals,” Tyson explained. “They don’t even belong in the same division of working out. Getting in shape is getting able to fit in your clothes. Being in condition is being able to come outside of your soul. You can’t do that automatically. The emotional state to prepare for that is mind boggling.
“Let me tell you something about [the first training video]. I did that video and I was in bed for a week. That was 30 seconds and I was in bed for a week. That was not funny because it made me realize that this is big boy sh*t.”
The bout with Jones will be an eight round exhibition. The boxers will wear larger gloves, but there won't be any head gear. The promoters revealed a few weeks ago that a belt will be awarded to the winner and there will be judges scoring the action.