World Boxing News have been informed by Mike Tyson’s publicist Joann Mignano that the former undisputed heavyweight champion is not planning to return to the sport to face James Toney anytime soon.
Rumours began this week when a member of Toney’s training camp stated to US reporter Elie Seckbach that a fight between Tyson and ‘Lights Out’ was 90% done, although Mignano was adamant when contacted by WBN.
“This is false. Mike Tyson is not making a comeback,” Mignano exclusively revealed as the one-time ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ continues his happy retirement.
Tyson, 48, once ruled the sport as the best around and biggest pay-per-view star in history at one point, but left the sport under a cloud in 2005 when losing to also-rans Danny Williams and Kevin McBride at his lowest. Several reports of potential comebacks have surfaced since, although Tyson seems content with the new path he has carved for himself outside of the ring.
Now an established part of the Hollywood scene, Tyson has appeared in several big budget movies and made numerous TV appearances in the past ten years, including The Hangover franchise, WWE, Lip-Sync Battle and ‘The Roast of…’ series.
At the height of his powers, Tyson was the youngest ever top division ruler, a record that still stands today, when knocking out Trevor Berbick in 1986. The American then enjoyed one of the most dominant periods ever put together by a heavyweight as he ripped through anybody and everybody at 200lbs plus.
Money, fame and women took hold during the late eighties though and it all came crashing down with a knockout loss to James ‘Buster’ Douglas in Tokyo on February 11, 1990.
Tyson would never truly be the same fighter he was after subsequently spending time in jail, and eventually suffering back-to-back defeats to Evander Holyfield in the mid-nineties.
Editor’s update (June 17 @ 11am ET / 4pm UK): Mike Tyson himself called the rumours ‘ridiculous’ via social media.