How veganism and new life at the gym helped transform Mike Tyson in anticipation of a possible return
Adopting a plant-based diet and rekindling his passion for hard work at the gym has helped Mike Tyson over the past decade to make a drastic transformation.
Boxing legend Tyson has maintained a decent form for the past 10 years, but has so refined in recent months that he claims this is the best condition he’s ever been in his life.
The 53-year-old sent shockwaves through the boxing world last month when he revealed plans to fight in an exhibition game and is now training ahead of a possible comeback.
Mike Tyson looks in great shape and is training for a shock boxing comeback in 2020
In 2009, Tyson looked almost unrecognizable after ballooning up to 27 stones
He recently posted a video in which he hit the pads in the same brutal way he did in those turbulent days in the late 1980s.
It almost felt like a peek into the past and after the images had been seen by millions, most agreed: ‘Iron Mike’ still has it.
At the age of 53 he was received with caution and diligence; After all, it’s been 15 years since he last stepped into a prize fighter’s ring – and that ended in his retirement on his crutch.
However, some who are well placed believe that Tyson could overthrow even the giants in today’s heavyweight division if he were in top condition.
Former six-time world champion Oscar de la Hoya said, “I’m sure if he trains 12 rounds, he will now take out every heavyweight.”
Jeff Fenech, who trained Tyson at the back of his controversial and distinguished career, agreed.
Mike Tyson impressed fans last week and showed off his amazing speed and power on the pads
Boxing is not the same now. I guarantee that if Mike Tyson trains for six weeks, he’ll take out Wilder in a minute, ”Fenech said. Sporting news.
“He would hit them. If these guys are knocked out by Tyson Fury – a great fighter, but not a huge puncher – Tyson would kill these guys.
“They are not at the same level today.”
Well, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder had better hope ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ sticks around in exhibition fights as he certainly looks fighting fit to the untrained eye.
Tyson posed for a photo after wowing on the pads with his Muay Thai trainer Rafael Cordeiro with his muscles and his muscles seemed defined and constructed for battle.
Some even think Tyson will pose a threat to Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury when he returns to boxing
Tyson (far right) has come a long way since he was labeled clinically obese 11 years ago
Iron Mike dropped the scales at around 220 pounds during the peak of his glittering career
Overall, there is little doubt about Tyson’s physical ability to fight again, the concern is more that the risk and dangers of the sport increase with age.
The fact that it’s even being considered by some who should know better indicates just how special a fighter Tyson is. If this plan had come out eleven years ago, it wouldn’t even have been entertained.
Tyson may have been feeling the best he has for years, but that only came after he hit the lowest point in his life and his heaviest on the scales.
Out of shape and struggling to keep his age-old struggle against drug addiction at bay, Tyson looked almost unrecognizable in a string of public appearances in 2009.
Tyson lost weight after discarding meat and switching to a plant-based diet
The former heavyweight world champion shows off his weapons during a hunt in 2016
The former heavyweight champion had always come with luggage, but this was an excess that he was not used to.
At the peak of his career, Tyson weighed about 220 lbs. In 2009, he was 380 pounds.
At 27 stone and 5 feet 10, he was clinically obese. Tyson noticed that he was trapped in a dark place fighting for nearly a year to move the pounds.
But after dumping meat in 2010, he started to turn his life around again. Tyson said of his decision to go vegan: “I was so overloaded with all the drugs and bad cocaine that I could barely breathe.
Tyson (pictured with football star Ronaldinho) has remained in good shape for the past decade
The former boxer has recently refined himself, claiming he’s in the best shape of his life
“I had high blood pressure, almost died, and had arthritis. By going vegan I have removed all those problems in my life. ‘
In an interview with ABC a few years ago, Tyson stressed the importance of following a strict gym routine, which can be challenging if there isn’t a multi-million dollar fight to motivate you.
“I was always a fat child,” he said. “So if I don’t get on with my diet and exercise and take care of myself, I can really gain a lot of weight.
“It’s hard because I used to train for a fight all the time, but I’m doing it now to stay in a good place.”
That 27-brick frame is a far cry from the lean, mean machine Tyson is again today.