“We Offered Mike Tyson $ 20 Million And He Turned It Down”: Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship Founder Reveals Failed To Retire Former Heavyweight Champion, Now 54, With Mega Money Offer
- Mike Tyson has hinted he may be retiring in the near future
- He was offered $ 20 million (£ 15.7 million) to fight in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship
- But Tyson has reportedly turned down the promotion’s offer
Mike Tyson has turned down a $ 20 million (£ 15.7 million) offer from Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship to retire.
The 54-year-old former undisputed heavyweight world champion has hinted at a return to the ring in recent months and is said to be watching a trilogy match with Evander Holyfield.
In that regard, no further steps have been taken and now Tyson – who last fought in exhibition fights against Corey Sanders in 2006 – seems to have turned down an alternative offer.
Mike Tyson has turned down a $ 20 million offer from Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship to fight again
Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship president David Feldman said he turned it down
WHAT IS LOOKING BOXING?
Boxing with brass knuckles is considered the original form of boxing and includes two individuals fighting without boxing gloves or padding on their hands.
Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship is the first state-sanctioned and commissioned boxing promotion since 1889 in the US.
The founder and president of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship told David Feldman RingTV.com that they had made Tyson a “very generous offer.”
“We offered Tyson $ 20 million and some additional benefits, but he turned it down,” said Feldman.
The promoter continued, “Who knows what’s going to happen to Mike Tyson?
“(His management team) said he would fight in July, but then they said he would fight in August, so who knows what’s going to happen to him.”
Tyson’s own representatives made no comments when contacting the outlet about the apparent offering.
However, they did get a comment from a source near Tyson and his team – who questioned whether Tyson would participate in the sport in the future.
“His people told me last week that Mike didn’t even consider naked knuckles,” the source said.
Tyson would not consider a return to bare knuckle fighting at this stage