Mike Tyson to return? 'No reward' in it, says Shakur Stevenson


Shakur Stevenson is not in favour of Mike Tyson making a boxing comeback, believing there is "no reward" in watching the heavyweight legend fight again.

Speculation over a ring return for Tyson has grown since he posted a number of training clips on social media, with the 53-year-old stating "I'm back" during one Instagram training video last month.

A fight between the two-time world champion and former rival Evander Holyfield, 57, has been rumoured as a possibility. There has also been talk of Tyson taking on some of the current generation, though Anthony Joshua has made it clear he will not sign up for such a contest.

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While some may hope 'Iron Mike' is tempted into exhibition or charity bouts at least, WBO featherweight champion Stevenson has no interest in seeing such an event.

"I'm not really a fan of fights that really don't make too much sense," Stevenson told Stats Perform News. 

"Like Mike coming back – he's like 50-something – and if he comes back you know he wouldn't come back against a top heavyweight fighter, he's probably going to come back against someone who is around his age.

"I'm not a big fan of watching that type of stuff. There's no reward in that. Non-boxing fans are really into that type of stuff. Me, I'm a big boxing fan and I'm not really into that.

"I'm into, like, Terence Crawford versus Errol Spence, that kind of fight would light me up. Mike coming back against Evander Holyfield again, I'm not really into that."

While Tyson was just 20 when first crowned world champion, Stevenson was just two years older than his fellow American when he claimed the vacant WBO featherweight title in 2019.

The unbeaten fighter boasts a 13-0 record having turned pro after collecting a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Any prospects with dreams of success at Tokyo 2020 have been made to wait for their opportunity as the Games have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, though Stevenson insists he would not be rushing to join the paid ranks if he was still an amateur now.

"I understand with everything going on and try to put myself in their shoes. If I had my Olympics postponed, I would wait," he explained.

"The Olympics was a dream for me since I was a little kid. I'm the type of person who would have waited in that situation.

"However, for a lot of people the Olympics is not really their dream – they want to be professionals, making money. That's really their dream.

"It's all up to the person, but if it was me or anybody around me, I'd tell them to wait because that was something I grew up wanting.

"I felt like that if you go to the Olympics and come out of the Olympics with a gold, you're going to get a lot more money than if you turned pro now. Your stock would be a lot higher."

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