Mike Tyson is one of the most physically gifted boxers of all time.
If there was any question about that, the latest video of the 53-year-old former heavyweight champion training confirms it. He was delivering combination punches and a right hook that looked like it could bend an iron pipe at a 90-degree angle. It was similar to the speed and power combination that led to 44 of Tyson’s opponents getting knocked out.
You just don’t see 53-year-olds moving like this. And the scariest part? It was Tyson’s first time hitting mitts in nearly 10 years, according to his trainer, Rafael Cordeiro.
“As soon as we started training, I said ‘my lord,’ ” Cordeiro said to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “I didn’t expect what I saw. I saw a guy with the same speed and power as guys 21, 22 years old.”
The video and Cordeiro’s comments beg the question: Could Tyson win a heavyweight fight today?