‘Don’t Blink’: Mike Tyson Shows Off Insane Speed In New Training Video
Mike Tyson's trainer Rafael Cordeiro has shared a new video of the heavyweight blitzing rapid-fire hooks in training.
"Don't blink," warns Cordeiro in the caption on Instagram, suggesting that Tyson will be going for an early KO against Roy Jones Jr in their 28 November bout. 'Iron Mike' scored a devastating 22 first-round knockout wins in his pro boxing career.
This new clip shows a trim Tyson bobbing forward on the offensive, throwing explosive hooks with both hands to body and pads. Sensibly, Cordeiro is wearing a body protector or these shots might pulverise his solar plexus.
Despite his 54 years, Tyson has looked lightning fast and powerful in the videos that have been shared as he prepares for his surprise comeback in an exhibition contest against Jones.
In September, training footage showed Tyson nearly knocking his trainer clean out with a ferocious strike. The former undisputed world heavyweight champion was unloading shots at Cordeiro, before throwing a huge right hand that missed the Brazilian coach's face by inches.
Cordeiro has clearly learned from that near miss and is sensibly edging backwards towards the ropes in the latest training video he's shared.
Mike Tyson a few inches away from taking his trainer's head off today...
[:projector:️ @Kings_MMA] pic.twitter.com/EJqmD4QRR6
- Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) September 15, 2020
While some boxing fans have declared 'The Baddest Man on the Planet' to be back - pointing out his incredible conditioning, quickness and frightening power - others are less convinced.
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The relatively brief nature of the clips doesn't give too much away, with some speculating that the 54-year-old Tyson may need a half-hour sit down and a nice biscuit to recover after he's detonated some of those nuclear combinations.
But Tyson has always had destructive one-punch power, and his coach Cordeiro has certainly been impressed.
"As soon as we started training I said, 'My Lord,'" he commented in October. "I didn't know what to expect from a guy who hasn't hit mitts for, I think, almost 10 years... I saw a guy with the same speed, the same power as a guy who is 21, 22 years old.
"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.'"
Tyson and Jones meet at the end of the month in a fight between the biggest heavyweight attraction of the 1980s and 90s taking on a former pound-for-pound king. Then we might find out how much of Tyson's old brutalising power really does remain.
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