The former world heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson, could potentially make a surprise return to boxing with a fight in Thailand according to an ex-pat Australian promoter.
Dean Bourke, a former Muay Thai fighter with links to Tyson, said that he has been in talks with the 53-year-old’s management team about bringing the boxer to Thailand for a charity fight.
It has been 15 years since “Iron Mike” stepped foot inside a boxing ring, with his last fight ending in defeat against Ireland’s Kevin McBride.
However, a charity project called “Fight For Family” featuring Thai prisoners in a reality TV show setting has been approved by the Corrections Department and is trying to lure Tyson, a former inmate, to host the show.
Mr. Bourke, who first met Tyson 20 years ago, said the premise of the show was to help Thai prisoners who are in jail for petty crimes. He 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. I came up with the idea of Fight For Family, a series where Thai prisoners fight foreigners [non-prisoners].”
Mr. Bourke claims that Tyson is very interested in the TV project and wants to entice the former heavyweight champion to fight in Thailand since he will be in the country anyway for the filming of the show.
Bangkok’s Rajamangala National Stadium has been earmarked as a potential venue for the charity fight with Tyson’s biggest rival, Evander Holyfield, being reported as the most likely opponent should the fight happen.
Source: Bangkok Post