Mike Tyson revealed his intense preparations for the Roy Jones Jr fight later this year in a slow motion training session video put on Instagram.
The American boxing legend is set to return to the ring for the first time since 2005 when he takes on multiple world champion Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition fight in California.
The 54-year-old has been working with MMA trainer Rafael Cordeiro to improve his intensity for the fight and the Brazilian-born coach uploaded Tyson’s training footage on his personal Instagram account.
Cordeiro claimed earlier this year that, despite his age, Tyson has the intensity, speed and power of a 21-year-old.
The trainer said in May: ‘As soon as we started training I said ‘My Lord’. I didn’t know what to expect from a guy who hasn’t hit mitts for – I think – almost ten years.
‘So I didn’t expect to see what I saw – I saw a guy with the same speed, the same power as a guy who is 21, 22-years-old.
‘And I can tell; you would have to be a good guy to spar with Mike, because if you don’t prepare, he is going to drop you for sure – 100%. The power is different level.
‘I have trained a lot of heavyweights in my career, with not a lot of respect for everybody, but he is almost as powerful as Wanderlei Silva is right now.
‘When you talk about power, I held his right hook and thought “he is going to kill somebody”.’
While Tyson is looking in good shape for the fight on November 28, others have been more skeptical about the 54-year-old’s return to the ring.
Dillian Whyte, who was ranked by Ring Magazine as the third-best heavyweight boxer in the world earlier this year, slammed the decision, with the British boxer claiming that there are serious health concerns in the fight.
Whyte told talkSport back in May: ‘It’s silly. If they can’t sanction a fight with me for three years, why the hell are they going to sanction a fight with a 53-year-old man and a 31-year-old man?
‘It makes no sense. That’s silly. Mauricio are I are cool, but it’s a very silly thing to say. He shouldn’t be encouraging it.
‘What if he comes back and dies in the ring? What’s going to happen then?
‘We’ve already got enough darkness and enough mud thrown on the sport as it is, we don’t need any more.’