World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman is fully supporting a potential comeback for former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
Tyson has been teasing the idea of a ring return for the last few weeks, by posting several training clips that went viral on the internet.
Tyson, 53-years-old, has been out of the ring since 2005 - when he suffered a knockout loss to journeyman Kevin McBride.
Tyson wants to see action, at least with a few exhibition fights to raise money for charity.
But now Tyson is receiving numerous seven figure offers to compete in a sanctioned fight.
Sulaiman not only supports a Tyson return to the ring, he says the WBC would rank the retired heavyweight if he pursued an avenue beyond an exhibition.
"Mike Tyson was the youngest to win a world championship. Maybe he will be the oldest! He’s a tremendous, legendary figure. He’s an icon for the sport, an icon for the WBC," Sulaiman told Stats Perform News courtesy of @trcksuits.
“He could knock out anyone with one punch, at any time! So of course we will support him. I don’t like to speculate. This is a topic we are all entertained by. An exhibition is one thing; if he comes back he has to be licensed and has to go through a thorough process.
“I’m not going to kill the dream. I’m going to be very supportive of Mike Tyson, he deserves it. If the dream is to say ‘I will be ranked,’ I am saying yes, we will rank him. Every world champion has a provision that he can come back, like Sugar Ray [Leonard], who was inactive. But Tyson’s case is different, he’s been away many years. But I am in full support of Mike Tyson. I believe this will bring entertainment and he’s doing it for charity. He wants to serve the world in this difficult moment.
“We need to first understand what it is. I think it’s an exhibition. The safety has to be top priority. It is great to see athletes promoting the sport. Mike Tyson had a very complicated life in boxing. Now to see him losing weight, active, healthy, is great and we have to support him. But we have to see if it is a real fight. I am hearing that it’s an exhibition and we are fully behind him. Don’t watch it, if you don’t like it."