Mike Tyson Vs Jaws: Boxer To ‘Fight’ Great White Shark On US Television
Mike Tyson will go one-on-one with a great white shark in a US TV special titled Tyson Vs Jaws: Rumble On The Reef this August.
"With famed ring announcer Michael Buffer calling the shots, these two heavyweights will square off underwater, where Mike Tyson will try to score a TKO over the massive shark," claims the Discovery Channel announcement, before adding: "All in the name of research."
Details of exactly how the 'Baddest Man on the Planet' will face-off against the fearsome ocean predator are being kept under wraps - but we're anticipating Tyson being lowered into the water in a cage, possibly in gloves and ring shorts.
"Someone's gonna get bit!" promises Iron Mike in an electrifying promo, that sees the former heavyweight champ running on the beach in preparation and snapping a surfboard with one vicious right hand.
"I equate this with overcoming my fear of getting back into the ring at 54 years old," said Tyson, who's hinted that he may return to combat sports in some capacity after getting into tremendous shape.
"I learned from this experience doing Shark Week that whatever intimidates me, I am still able to step up to the challenge of overcoming anything that would prevent me from accomplishing my life's mission of reaching my highest potential in life and bringing me closer to God."
Tyson has a somewhat storied history when it comes to exotic animals. He infamously had Bengal tigers in his Las Vegas mansion - something he later regretted, as he now believes it's "wrong" to keep wild animals as pets.
Just Mike Tyson walking his pet tiger in his underwear... pic.twitter.com/LvoQcy0JUM- SPORTbible (@sportbible) November 16, 2015
In his early twenties, he also once tried to fight a male gorilla after a private visit to a zoo.
"When we got to the gorilla cage there was one big silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas," he claimed.
"They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent infant. I offered the attendant $10,000 to open the cage and let smash that silverback's snotbox! He declined."
So, in a way, Tyson taking on a great white shark is very much him just continuing to work his way up the food chain.
Interestingly, if you are ever attacked by a shark - and cannot possibly get away - one of the recommended last-resort tactics is to punch the shark in its eyes, gills or sensitive snout. You probably won't be able to KO the formidable fish, but you might annoy it to the point it swims off.
Whether we see Tyson actually land one of his titanic right hands on the 'snotbox' of a giant shark is - of course - very much up in the air. But we'll probably tune in to Shark Week just to see what happens.
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