- A widely circulated social-media video that showed Mike Tyson hitting the pads in style in his mid-50s apparently left the former fighter in bed for a week.
- On the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast last week, Tyson told the host he could barely move because of all the pain he felt and was crying behind-the-scenes.
- He said the training sessions had gotten slightly easier as his body adjusted to the notion of returning to the ring for an exhibition bout on November 28.
- The former heavyweight world boxing champion is set to take on a fellow all-time great, Roy Jones Jr., in Carson, California.
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Mike Tyson says he cried in bed for a week because of the pain he suffered after a light training session used in a boxing video published earlier this year.
The video, which was widely shared on social media, was the first glimpse into a comeback of sorts for Tyson as the former heavyweight world champion is due to return to the ring November 28 against Roy Jones Jr.
Though Tyson appears in great shape for a 54-year-old, he laid bare the realities of returning to a fitness regimen after years of hardly any training.
“Do you want to me to tell you something about that video? I did that video and I was in bed for a week,” Tyson told Joe Rogan on the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast Friday.
“That was 30 seconds, and I was in bed for a week,” he said. “And it’s not funny because it made me realize, this is big-boy s—.”
Tyson said he couldn’t walk and was crying. “All that s— that came back that made me quit boxing — all the little pain started coming back.”
Tyson told Rogan he had been getting used to some arduous training sessions and was feeling less pain. He said he’s “training every day, except Sunday, [waking up at] 5:30 a.m. as soon as it’s daylight to go out for a run.”
Then he returns to his house, flies his pigeons, does a machine twist abdominal exercise “200 times, both sides,” and then eats.
Tyson said he’s been training since March and would be in peak condition in time for the November opening bell at the Dignity Heath Sports Park in Carson, California, for his boxing exhibition against a fellow all-time great in Jones.
“It is fun,” he said. “But it’s still … apprehensive stuff.”
It is a far cry from the last time he appeared on the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast in 2019, telling the host that he no longer worked out because he feared his ego would consume him and lead him somewhere he might not want to go.https://ee51c5fcafdbfb5caed391e5708504f9.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
Fast-forward one year, and Tyson is training for an exhibition against a fighter who knocked out 47 opponents in a professional career that spanned 30 years — and says the Jones bout could be the first of many.
“I think this is going to be the beginning and whatever happens, happens,” he said.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but we’re doing it for fun.”
When Rogan asked whether a win against Jones could see him pursue an official fight, with the view of challenging for an actual heavyweight championship against the likes of Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua, Tyson dismissed the idea, reiterating that his focus was on raising money for charity rather than on personal financial gain.
“Interested in the title of giving,” Tyson said. “It feels soul-cleaning. Doing it for myself doesn’t do it for me anymore.”