Mike Tyson has reportedly started training again to raise money for charity.
According to an Australian former Muay Thai fighter here in Thailand, Tyson may be making his return in the Kingdom.
Promoter Dean Bourke, who has lived in Thailand for 14 years, said he had been in discussions with Tyson’s management team about his plan to introduce ‘Iron Mike’ to the kingdom.
Bourke said he met the world famous fighter 20 years ago and has remained connected to him.
He said he met Tyson through his friend and compatriot, three-time world boxing champion Jeff Fenech, who later became Tyson’s trainer.
“Jeff was a close friend of Mike and so I would tag along to the USA with him and was lucky enough to meet Mike,” said Bourke, who is based in Bangkok and Pattaya.
“Jeff then in the latter part of Mike’s career trained Mike and so this is how I got the contact.”
Bourke said he had been in talks with Tyson’s management team about a new project called Fight For Family — a Muay Thai reality TV series centered on Thai inmates. Tyson was called in to host the series.
The project has obtained approval from the Corrections Department, Bourke said.
“I had been trying to promote some different boxing shows and had the idea to do a series of fights in the Thai jails that would help prisoners locked up for petty crimes and give them something to look forward to, plus help their families financially,” he said.
“I came up with the idea of Fight For Family, a series where Thai prisoners fight foreigners [non-prisoners].”
Bourke said ideally the winners get a shortened sentence and after release have a chance of competing for a Muay Thai world title. “We have got approval from the Corrections Department for this series and a shot at Netflix picking up the show but I wanted Mike Tyson as the host,” he said.
“I contacted Mike’s wife who asked me to liaise with his LA management company but it all got put on hold due to Covid-19.”
As there were rumors that Tyson might make a return to the ring, Bourke called the former champion ‘s LA manager, Chris Smith, to explore the idea of hosting a Tyson fight in Thailand.
Bourke said Tyson’s management team are interested in the possible new battle in Thailand and said he believed meetings over the project would commence once the coronavirus situation improves.
“I plan to submit our final proposal within the next few weeks,” Bourke said.
“Thailand has a very good shot to get this fight at the end of this year.”
He said Tyson was involved in the prison project and that it would be like killing two birds with one stone if he decides to fight again in the Land of Smiles.
A Tyson charity battle in Thailand “could assist the Thai economy with proceeds generated being donated back into the kingdom to those in need,” Bourke said.
Bourke is looking at Bangkok’s Rajamangala National Stadium as a possible venue as it could bring in over one million pay-per-view viewers worldwide.
“Mike Tyson is a great guy and wants to make money for charity,” Bourke said.
Tyson has posted videos showing he is training, and in one video, he declares: “I’m back”.
His longtime opponent Evander Holyfield, 57, also reportedly wants to return to the ring for charity and rumor has it that the two champions could meet for the third time again in battle.
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